Men Are Being Warned Not to Eat Lichen Touted as 'Natural Viagra'

livescience.com | 8/20/2019 | Rachael Rettner
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There isn't much that's sexy about lichen, the slow-growing fuzz found on rocks, walls and tree bark. But apparently not everyone agrees. Experts in New Zealand are warning men not to consume a type of lichen that's being touted as a "natural Viagra" and alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to news reports.

This type of lichen is known scientifically as Xanthoparmelia scabrosa, but it has been dubbed "sexy pavement lichen" due to its similarities with ED drugs, according to the New Zealand-based news outlet Newsroom. The lichen grows naturally on roads and pavements and is abundant in New Zealand. It contains a compound similar to the active ingredient in Viagra and other ED drugs, which is part of a class of drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors, Newsroom reported.

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Thankfully, there have been no reports of anyone actually licking lichen off the pavement in the hopes of treating erectile dysfunction. But powder from ground up Xanthoparmelia scabrosa is being marketed as an ED treatment — for example, the Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba lists hundreds of varieties of...
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