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Herbal Viagra Found in Osama bin Laden’s Hideout

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By Kate Wharmby Seldman

Did Osama bin Laden use herbal impotence products?

According to MSNBC News, several herbal medicines were found in bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. One of them was avena syrup, which is also known as natural Viagra. It’s made from wild oats. Natural medicine practitioners recommend taking extract of avena daily to remedy erectile dysfunction. It’s said to increase blood flow, assisting men with achieving erections.

Even if this herbal product was used as an aphrodisiac, it’s not clear who in the compound used it. It’s not specifically for men; women can also take it to heighten sexual desire. It’s said to relax the body, which can help women increase their libidos naturally. Avena syrup is also as an artificial sweetener for sour stomachs, and as a nerve-calming tonic.

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There were nearly a dozen drugs found in the bin Laden compound, said Pakistani sources linked to MSNBC. They included mainstream pharmaceuticals like omeprazole, for stomach ulcers and other gastric issues; gabapentin, for seizures, nerve pain and post-shingles pain; and Natrilix, a drug that’s used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Also found were several children’s remedies, among them ampicillin drops, which are antibiotics; children’s night-time cough syrup; and ibuprofen syrup.

Very little research has been conducted on avena’s ability to act like Viagra. NBC News chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman said, “There is a lot of folklore around its potential as a natural Viagra, but not a lot of science. Of course, it could have provided Osama with a psychosomatic boost.”

Bin Laden was reportedly 54 years old when he died, making it moderately likely that he had experienced erectile dysfunction: according to experts, most men over 45 have had at least one episode of erectile dysfunction.

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