Helping the environment without knowingIf you are suffering from impotence, and you are taking medication for this condition your partner might not be the only one thankful for it. Rhinoceros, seahorses and sharks would probably thank you as well for using drugs, if they had the cranial capacity to do so. The global success of erectile dysfunction medication has affected severely the traditional Chinese medicine market. Crushed rhino horn and dried seahorses are highly priced items that for years caused the senseless hunt of these endangered species. For centuries, people have resorted to alternative remedies to deal with several medical conditions. The most popular were the ones that allegedly cured impotence. Before oral ED drugs were developed, there were thousands of these remedies sold as aphrodisiacs, virility enhancers and impotence medicine.
The great success that the medical industry has experienced is well documented and evident for everybody to see. The numbers gathered from the Asian market of the drop in the amount of people seeking alternative and traditional remedies clearly shows that there is a growing tendency to look for more scientifically established medications. When the drug was released this subsequent effect was not foreseen, but it has been definitely a positive surprise. To cite an example, there are reports that tigers hunting (their penises are a sought after item in the Asian market) is on decline, while the amount of men in China taking erectile dysfunction medication has increased and continues to do so with the passing years.
However, though a number of species have received a reprieve courtesy of a surge in Western medication's popularity, others simply can't catch a break. Chinese men aparently still find relief for conditions like arthritis, indigestion and gout in traditional remedies. Seeing as this is a more than $20 billion worth industry, many species may be about to shuffle off their mortal coils.