Sex Pills You Can Trust

Published on: Friday, 13 August, 2010 - 15:51

The removal of more contaminated sex pills from the NZ market is good news for NZ consumers and for manufacturers of genuine herbal supplements like the popular Ignite, says the company's managing director Jenny Wheeler.

Medsafe has ordered the immediate recall of four erectile dysfunction products - So Hard for Men, Pulse8 for Women, The Rock and Tonic 66 - sold through sex shops and on the web - because they are adulterated with undeclared prescription medicines similar to those found in Cialis and Viagra.

Jenny Wheeler said Ignite has been successfully used by thousands of New Zealand men since the product was first launched by the late Tim Bickerstaff 13 years ago.

Ignite(www.herbalignite.com) is locally produced to comprehensive testing standards to ensure all ingredients are pure, and consumers can be reassured of it is of consistent quality and contaminant-free.

She says she understands if the Medsafe warning makes consumers question all erectile dysfunction products, but there are a few simple rules consumers can follow to ensure the product they are purchasing is safe.

Step One

Avoid any herbal pill that promises instant results. Tests done by Pfizer Inc, the New York-based pharmaceutical giant that developed Viagra, as well as other independent testing authorities, showed up to 90% of the herbal pills that promised "instant action" were spiked with illegal pharmaceutical ingredients, sometimes at dangerous levels.

Step Two

Choose herbs that have a long tradition in herbal medicine for treating men's sexual performance. In Europe, these include tribulus terrestris, Siberian ginseng, gingko biloba, horny goat weed, saw palmetto and wild oats. South American rain forest herbs like damiana, muira puama, and maca, and the Malaysian herb tongkat ali also all enjoy a long history of successful use for enhancing sexual performance.

Step Three

Ensure the formulation states clearly on the label what it contains and at what strength. For tribulus terrestris for example, studies show the best results require a formulation with at least 40 per cent concentration of the active saponens. Avoid products where the concentration of active ingredients is low or is not stated.

Step Four

Always use the product according to the manufacturer's instructions. Many herbal remedies require gradual and consistent use for up to three months for the best results, so understand they do not generally offer an "instant solution". If they promise "instant results" they probably contain something which is undeclared on the label.

Since July 2009 Medsafe had found 29 supplements to enhance sexual performance that had been adulterated with similar prescription medicines.