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Sex Zone: New tablet is a turn-on for girls.

APHRODISIACS have long been used to pep up the flagging sexual performance of men, with products ranging from ginseng to Viagra.

But there is little to help women. Until now.

Last week saw the arrival of a new, plant-based natural aphrodisiac tablet called Herbal v-X.

It is a female version of Herbal v-Y tablets for men - originally named just Herbal V and now on sale in health food shops.

Both versions rely on an extract from the Brazilian plant Muira Puama, or Potency Wood. But the women's tablets are mixed with an extra substance called gingko biloba.

Doctors believe the plant extract works on the nerve system by increasing desire. Five hundred British female volunteers are already raving about the new female formulation.

Dr Sarah Brewer, author of Increase Your Sex Drive, is co-ordinating the trials. She says: "The women say they are actually beginning to initiate sex instead of just tolerating it."

It is thought the tablets will be especially beneficial to women such as high-powered executives who blame their lack of sex drive on their busy work schedules, and stay-at-home mums who blame it on their exhausting kids. They are also recommended for women immediately after childbirth and for those going through the menopause.

The dosage for women, however, is significantly less than that for men.

While males are advised to take between three to six tablets daily for 10 days, women need only take two tablets daily - but for at least a month.

Dr Jacques Waynberg, director of Biosexology in Paris, helped to formulate the original Herbal V tablets which he has dubbed "libido in a bottle":

Although he guards against expecting miracles, one guinea pig, mother Michele Hale, 30, is impressed.

Michele, who has taken Herbal v-X for a month as part of the trial, says: "After my little boy was born, I lost my sex drive.

"I felt tired all the time and couldn't be bothered.

"Now, after just a month's trial, I feel so much more energetic and a lot more attracted to my husband.

"As for him, he's ecstatic."
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Maung, Carole Aye
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 29, 1999
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