Published August 29, 2012
A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine highlights how a deadly spider venom could purportedly treat erectile dysfunction, Medical Daily reported.
The Brazilian Wandering Spider, whose deadly bite can kill people within an hour, has venom properties that are of interest to sufferers of ED, according to the study’s researchers.
Some people who have experienced the spider’s bite and lived to talk about it, described a boost in erectile function.
Researchers extracted the toxin, which is called PnTx2-6 and injected it into elderly rats.
"Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity in aged and young cavernosal tissue was increased by incubation with PnTx2-6," wrote Kenia P. Nunes and her colleagues.
PnTx2-6 improved genital relaxation – therefore improving blood flow – in the elderly rats because of increased NOS activity and NO release. Researchers said the effect could be seen in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.