Research brief: Viagra effect of heather

The winter-flowering heather plant, a close relative to British heather, has been found to have the same effect on men as Viagra, say experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. East European chemists first reported finding a Viagra-type chemical in the floral tissues of winter-flowering heather. They were then able to isolate measurable amounts of material that is an analogue of the active principle in Viagra. It is not known whether oral consumption or topical application is the best way to use the plant.

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