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    Herbal Viagra Alternative Works -- at Least on Rats

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    In the last 10 years, says Wishnow, 5,000 Chinese men have used the formula as prescribed by physicians, with 75% reported improvements in sexual functioning and urinary control. In one small study of 45 men in the U.S., 70% reported improvements in sexual functioning and urinary control after two months of regular use.

    BetterMAN has been available in U.S. stores since April 1998, Wishnow tells WebMD. Thousands of men have used it since then, and "the mix has shown no side effects or known interactions with medications -- a concern many people have with Viagra," she says.

    Not everyone, including Lue, is convinced that BetterMAN is the answer to men's woes. "I believe Viagra is still the drug of choice, "says Lue, who also involved in a clinical trial of Viagra. "However, if a patient doesn't want Viagra and asks for herbal alternatives, I will tell him about it."

    Muta M. Issa, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, compliments the study on its methodology, but tells WebMD the results are "too preliminary" to offer any advice to humans.

    "The study is done with rats -- different animal, different species," he says. "It's quite literally there to give someone an idea, if they want to investigate, take it to the next step. Whether [the herbal formula] is promising or not is difficult to say."

    For more information from WebMD, visit our Diseases and Conditions Center on Sexual Conditions.

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