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Herbal treatment for erectile dysfunction? No, ‘The Professor’ is wrong – again

A message on the Nigeria-based Facebook page “The Professor” claims a drink made from the root of Glyphaea Brevis, dried bitter kola and green tea is a “remedy for weak erection”.

It says the mixture should be eaten with “roasted unripe plantain”.

Erectile dysfunction is a health condition in which men can’t get or keep an erection firm enough for sex.

The causes of a poor erection include diabetes, high blood pressure, alcohol abuse, enlarged prostate and taking certain drugs. Sleep disorder can be another cause.

But will this remedy really cure erectile dysfunction?

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No scientific evidence

Africa Check has previously debunked claims by “The Professor”.

Paul Nwafor, an actual professor of reproductive pharmacology and an expert in aphrodisiacs – substances that promote sexual arousal – said the combination might improve erections but was not a cure.

“Whoever came up with the mixture should provide us with scientific evidence to support the claim.”

Dr Adefemi Adedugbe, a general practitioner, urged people to ignore the mixture and visit a doctor to determine the underlying cause of the problem.

“I am hearing this for the first time,” the doctor told Africa Check. 

“Such a claim should be ignored, please. Before a doctor prescribes treatment for a weak erection, he or she must know the actual causes of the problem. The person who created the mixture is only trying to make money from his product; it is not a cure for weak erection.”

Africa Check has debunked similar claims that onions, lime, kola, garlic drink and male papaya root cure erectile dysfunction. All the claims are incorrect.

Olayiwola Shittu, a professor of urological surgery at the University of Ibadan in western Nigeria, advised men with erectile dysfunction to see a doctor, and not try unproven and possibly harmful home remedies.

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