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‘Viagra spider’ grabs the news headlines

Posted in Erectile Dysfunction 11 Mar, 2011

Here at 121doc, we maintain a fervent interest in the latest health news, and in particular, the latest news about the treatments we provide. And one thing over the past month that has really surprised us is the amount of column inches (or at least virtual column inches) that the Brazilian banana spider has dominated.

The Brazilian banana spider possesses venom that can give men four hour long erections, just like Viagra. Before you rush out to find one, beware: its bite can also be fatal if left untreated, and may cause priapism – a painfully long lasting erection that may eventually result in permanent loss of erectile dysfunction.

Still, researchers expect that small amounts of the venom, administered safely, could actually be an alternative to established erectile dysfunction treatments.

Dr Kenia Nunes, a physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia who studied the spider venom, said: “we know that some patients don't respond to conventional therapy. This could be an optional treatment for them."

Nature provides a variety of impotence treatments, among them herbs, plants and caterpillar fungus in the Himalayan mountains. The latter is so feverently sought after that violence has broken out between local villagers and outside fungus hunters, who scour the region in hope of striking gold. In New York City the fungus reportedly sells for several hundred dollars a go. Still, of all the impotence treatments we’ve heard of, the spider one must be by far the most out there!

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