What is herbal Viagra, and is it safe?

What is herbal Viagra, and is it safe?

Eddie is a subscription service that delivers Viagra Connect to your door quickly and discreetly.

Quite simply, herbal Viagra is any type of alleged treatment for erectile dysfunction that claims to be herb based.

The allure of herbal Viagra is understandable, and you might have seen it for sale as an alternative to the little blue pill available from your doctor or pharmacist. There’s no one type of herbal Viagra, and they’re usually branded as “supplements”, “alternative medicine” or a “natural cure”.

They’re cleverly described to sound inoffensive and innocuous, but they can be anything but. Although it sounds like you’re only putting natural substances into your body, you often aren’t. And just because something is “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s harmless.

Not only does ordering unapproved and untested supplements online put your health at risk, you’re also handing over your bank details to potentially fraudulent companies.

In some circumstances, these alternative treatments can have dangerous interactions with other medicines or create or exacerbate health conditions.

There’s a plethora of tablets and supplements which call themselves herbal Viagra. Some of the most popular varieties are:


Jia Yi Jian

Jia Yi Jian is a type of herbal Viagra usually sold in traditional Chinese medicine stores, or online. It claims to cure both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, and that the effects of one tablet lasts for several days. However, in 2009 the MHRA found these tablets contained “dangerously high” levels of Tadalafil and Sibutramine.

Tadalafil [link to Viagra vs Tadalafil article] is a type of prescription only ED medicine which has a similar effect to Viagra, but Jia Yi Jian was found to contain over double the maximum legitimate dose. The second active ingredient in these tablets is even more dangerous. One dose of Jia Yi Jian was found to contain over four times a normal dose of Sibutramine, a weight loss drug. Even worse - Sibutramine was taken off the market in 2010 after it was found that the risk of heart attack or stroke outweighed the potential benefits.


Horny Goat Weed

Allegedly, Horny Goat Weed got its name after a farmer observed his goats having a higher sex drive after they’d eaten the plant. Formally known as epimedium, this “alternative treatment” is sold as a tablet, capsule, powder or tea, and alleges to solve not just ED, but everything from high blood pressure to hay fever. Sounds pretty impressive, right?

Although lab tests have found that Horny Goat Weed does contain an ingredient that would have a similar effect to Viagra, this alternative only offers a much, much smaller dose. If you consumed enough Epimedium to have a noticeable effect, you’d be exposing yourself to potentially dangerous side effects. It’s also been linked to causing a drop in blood pressure, and may interfere with other medicines.


Korean Red Ginseng

There are many types of ginseng, a root that’s shaped like a person with arms and legs. Its use as a medicine has been documented since 196 AD, and like many alternative medicines, supposedly cures dozens of illnesses, with little evidence to support the claims. One of these is erectile dysfunction, but there has never been substantial evidence from clinical trials to support this. A trial in 2013 saw the “herbal Viagra” only have as much effect in a controlled test as a placebo (dummy) pill.


Even though a natural alternative to Viagra might sound like a fantastic solution to one of life’s most personal problems, you’ll be far safer and better off using a medicine that’s approved by the MHRA. As Viagra Connect was reclassified by the MHRA to an over the counter medicine in April this year, you can now buy it more safely and easily than ever. You can purchase Viagra Connect online after answering questions from a pharmacist, through a service such as Eddie, so there’s no need to risk using “alternative medicine”.


Eddie is a service that delivers Viagra Connect discreetly to your door. Treatment is available as a monthly subscription or one off purchase, starting from £19.99. Simply answer some questions from our pharmacist and you can purchase Viagra Connect in as little as 60 seconds.

Viagra Connect won’t give you an instant erection. You need to be sexually aroused for it to work and won’t help you if you don’t have ED symptoms.

Content Marketing Officer
Content Marketing Officer
Libby Mayfield

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