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Himalayan Viagra Grown In A Lab



Written by Richard Simmons| Monday, 01 February 2010| There are 9 comments

never use medication for impotence unless it has been given to you by a doctor

A doctor from Thailand claims that he has managed to grow in captivity what is often referred to as Himalayan Viagra. This extremely rare fungus that grows at high altitudes in Tibet fetches thousands of dollars on the black market in Asian countries because it is supposed to enhance both erectile function and libido in men.

himalayan viagra grown in a lab

In fact there is no evidence whatsoever that Himalayan Viagra can help men in any way and any benefit is definitely down to a placebo effect. Himalayan Viagra which is referred to as cordyceps sinensis in scientific circles has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine for whole list of ailments.

Dr Somyos Kittimankhong who is obviously hoping to make money from his 'invention' claims to get the fungus to germinate it took 3 years. After using a remedy which included vitamins "other nutrients" and Thai jasmine rice he got it to work.

Ukmedix News comes across loads of crazy recipes and so called discoveries for erectile dysfunction every month and we ignore all of them unless they can be backed up by independent clinical research. Time and time again it has been shown that traditional remedies for erectile dysfunction are either completely dud and useless or that they contain the active ingredients, [usually modified] of the legal erectile dysfunction medication Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

Ukmedix News advises that you should never use any medication for impotence unless it has been given to you by a doctor. We also have seen hundreds of cases where men became ill after using so called traditional medication because of the dangerous chemicals added to them.

At the Ukmedix pharmacy web site it is possible to buy the genuine versions of the erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra from a UK based pharmacy. You can check the name and address of the pharmacy using the Pharmacheck system so that you know what you are buying is genuine.

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There are 9 comments on this article.

On February 01, 2010 @ 23:57
Daniel said:
Is this news or a sales pitch?
There are plenty of animal and human studies on libido enhancing effects of Cordyceps sinensis. Just dig a bit deeper, and do your reporting job.
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On February 02, 2010 @ 08:01
Margaret said:
Daniel, is it wise to be cynical about fake medicine? It could kill someone. These articles are being written for our own good. Get a life.
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On February 02, 2010 @ 10:08
Liam said:
@Daniel, who are you working for, hahaha. If it's so good why isn't it sold legally?
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On February 02, 2010 @ 20:30
Daniel said:
I have been researching the role of Cordyceps sinenis as a source of income in rural Tibet since the 90s and also its history in Tibetan medicine (at least 15th Century). The medicinal side from a western perspective is not my main concern, but each year there is many reports published on it and listed on PubMed regarding Cordyceps. Or to stay in the UK, just check the BBC science release from Dec 29, 2009 on Cordycepin, one of Cordyceps main ingridient.
Off course it is sold legally in the east and the west.

Who am I working for? I am a freelancer specialized on Tibet, check out my MushRoaming.com webpages.

Here, I try to educate unnecessarily rude people who jump to conclusions without knowing any facts.
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On February 12, 2010 @ 12:25
Nigel Hywel-Jones said:
I have worked with 'Cordyceps' for almost thirty years and have isolated almost one hundred different species including Ophiocordyceps sinensis – a recent taxonomic name-change that I share some of the blame for, sorry. Some species (the true Cordyceps for example) are very easy to isolate and grow in the lab. Others such as Ophiocordyceps are extremely difficult. The trick, however, for all types is to make isolations from fresh material. I routinely make isolations in the field and then spend time in the lab 'cleaning up' these isolations to avoid contaminants. Ophiocordyceps sinensis has been isolated with difficulty. It is extremely slow-growing (1 mm in a month on a Petri plate) and does not grow much above 20C. If Dr Somyos has mature fruit-bodies shooting ascospores on his jasmine rice media then I take my hat off to him. Failing that he should get his isolate sequenced to see if it matches the many ITS sequences of genuine isolates of O. sinensis that are available in GenBank.
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On February 27, 2010 @ 23:10
DN said:
A few corrections:

1. A doctor from Thailand claims that he has managed to grow in captivity what is often referred to as Himalayan Viagra.

I can only speak for myself when I say that despite having worked with and studied entomopathogenic fungi (of which O. sinensis is one), "Himalayan Viagra" is a term I have never, ever heard of until now. I protest your assertion that Cordyceps is "often referred to" Himalayan Viagra, and would venture to guess that other mycologists/herbalists/physicians would agree.

2. This extremely rare fungus that grows at high altitudes in Tibet

O. sinensis has been reported from Bhutan, India, China and Nepal, not only Tibet.

3. ...fetches thousands of dollars on the black market in Asian countries

Cordyceps is not a black market item, or at least not exclusively. You can find it in any natural medicine store and in a growing number of major grocery chains in the US, though almost always in its anamorphic (asexual) form, grown on rice or grain as opposed to live caterpillar larvae. Its distribution is (usually) neither illegal nor illicit, though it is expensive, largely on account of being seasonal, wild-harvested, region-specific, difficult to gather and in perpetually higher demand than can be supplied.

4. In fact there is no evidence whatsoever that Himalayan Viagra can help men in any way and any benefit is definitely down to a placebo effect.

This is not only incredibly presumptuous in an article which has quite obviously neither conducted nor referenced any research of its own, it's also wrong. The studies number in the hundreds. A google scholar search will evidence this. I recommend Christopher Hobbs' "Medicinal Mushrooms" for more information. Daniel or Nigel could likely cite several dozen if they felt so inclined.

5. Ukmedix News advises that you should never use any medication for impotence unless it has been given to you by a doctor. We also have seen hundreds of cases where men became ill after using so called traditional medication because of the dangerous chemicals added to them.

The known side effects of Viagra (http://www.rxlist.com/viagra-drug.htm#ad), not to mention either of the other two major ED drugs mentioned, seem to qualify them as much more 'dangerous chemicals' than Cordyceps could ever be. No study to my knowledge has discovered anything beyond the mildest detrimental side effects from the use of O. sinensis, such as the same minor gastrointestinal discomfort which will accompany the overconsumption of just about any species of mushroom, edible, medicinal or otherwise. It goes without saying that consumers should know what they're getting and who they're getting it from, and not just when it comes to medicine either, but food, merchandise, and media as well, such as a website's assessment of the safety and efficacy of a health supplement which is in direct competition to pharmaceutical drugs sold by the same website.

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You'll have a hard time crying 'crackpot' to any doctor of Chinese medicine, any mycologist, or coach Ma Junren of the 1993 Chinese Olympic women’s running team (Newsweek, September 27, 1993) when it comes to cordyceps. You'll have a harder time yet with Dr Cornelia de Moor of the University of Nottingham (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8428340.stm). But hey, at least Margaret seems to have bought it.
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On February 28, 2010 @ 14:52
david said:
@DN Yawn yawn... Viagra is an amazing drug that really works. Cordyceps is a traditional remedy that doesn't. Get over it...
If you ever have an erection problem, it will be viagra made by Pfizer that'll sort you out, not a herb from the Himalayas. PS. Do you have a beard and do you wear sandals?
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On March 01, 2010 @ 02:12
DN said:
Boy, when you put it that way, I guess everything I said is completely wrong.
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On March 11, 2010 @ 04:51
KP said:
Sounds like David has really no erection problem but also no blood left for sufficient brain function.
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