- Horny Goat Weed: TCM used to tonify the kidney and fortify the yang, for symptoms such as frequent urination, forgetfulness, withdrawal, and painful cold lower back and knees. (59%, 19 Votes)
- Dr. Yang's Qi Tonic: Envigorates the blood Qi to remove Damp-Heat from the bladder and splenic systems; tames the fire dragon. (41%, 13 Votes)Loading ...
A not-quite-filibuster-proof majority of you correctly guessed that Horny Goat Weed is indeed the real Health Canada approved product, bearing Natural Health Product Number 80015409 as proof of its safety and efficacy.
Scott discussed this product in his Skepticamp Toronto talk, which he summarized in a post earlier this week. He captures all of the points I would have made:
- The recommended use — “tonify the kidney and fortify the yang” — is clinically meaningless
- There’s no evidence on PubMed or the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database that it’s effective for any of the numerous and disparate symptoms it’s recommended for — “frequent urination, forgetfulness, withdrawal, and painful cold lower back and knees”
- The contraindications — “in patients with fire from yin deficiency” — are a travesty of consumer protection
So after a qualified success in our last installment, this week represents a triumphant return to form for Health Canada — that form being unmitigated failure. Where will next week take us? Vote below to find out. And remember, the real product “has been assessed by Health Canada and has been found to be safe, effective and of high quality under its recommended conditions of use.”
- Neuro-Heel: Homeopathic preparation used for the treatment of bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbances, nervousness and emotional exhaustion. (56%, 19 Votes)
- Xiaobo: In Chinese herbalism, works to trap and expell free radicals (44%, 15 Votes)Loading ...
Answers next week…naturally!