Shock wave therapy the new Viagra?

Men suffering from erectile dysfunction could soon be given treatment using shock waves if new trials being carried out in Israel are successful.

According to the Daily Mail, scientists have discovered that beaming shock waves through the body can stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the genitals.

Tests carried out so far on 20 men using Viagra for impotence problems have proved so successful that three quarters have stopped taking their medication.

Dr Yoram Vardi, who led the trial, said the findings could have implications for the future treatment of erectile dysfunction.

He explained that while Viagra and similar drugs can help, they cannot cure impotence, as the problem returns if the medication is taken away.

"With shock waves, we can do something biological for the problem. These patients can then function without the need for medication," he stated.

The findings come after scientists found that a drug formerly tested as an antidepressant could be used as female Viagra to increase sexual desire in women suffering from a flagging libido.

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