BetterMAN is an 18-herb mix based on a formula used in traditional Chinese medicine, explains Peipei Wu Wishnow, PhD, the China-born, MIT-trained researcher who developed the formula and founded Interceuticals Inc.
The company provided BetterMAN
for Lue's study.
"The formula improves blood circulation… and modulates sexual desire through the central nervous system," Wishnow tells WebMD.
"It improves male sexual functioning and decreases nighttime urination-two problems many men over 40 experience."
Exactly how it works is not well understood, but unlike Viagra -which is supposed to be taken about an hour before intercourse-the BetterMAN mix "not only improves spontaneous erectile function, but also delays ejaculation and enhances libido," says Wishnow
is taken daily, with rest periods of a few days.
In the last 10 years, says Wishnow
, 5,000 Chinese men have used the formula as prescribed by physicians, with 75% reported improvements in sexual functioning and urinary control.
In one small study of 45 men in the U.S., 70% reported improvements in sexual functioning and urinary control after two months of regular use.
has been available in U.S. stores since April 1998, Wishnow tells WebMD.
Thousands of men have used it since then, and "the mix has shown no side effects or known interactions with medications-a concern many people have with Viagra," she