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Pakistan: People turn to ‘lizard oil’ for enhancing sexual stamina amid ban on viagra

“Pakistan: People turn to ‘lizard oil’ for enhancing sexual stamina amid ban on viagra”, Opindia, May 2, 2023:

“In spite of viagra being outlawed in Pakistan, males looking to increase their sexual activity still choose a fake “aphrodisiac.” In Rawalpindi’s Raja Bazar, oil extracted from an Indian spiny-tailed lizard is on sale as a treatment for impotence. However, no scientific proof exists to support the claim that it enhances performance in bed.

The lizards, which can grow up to 60 cm (24 inches) in length as adults, are caught as they come out from their underground living spaces to enjoy the sunshine in Punjab and Sindh provinces’ fields. The ‘magical’ oil is actually freshly extracted lizard fat, marinated in scorpion oil and seasoned with a pungent red spice – or Sanda tael. It is being widely sold in Pakistan after a ban was imposed on Viagra.

According to reports, the sellers first catch these lizards by laying a web of fishing wire snares on the plateaus. Then they immediately kill the lizards to ensure that the quick reptile does not escape. Its innards are then cooked on a crude gas hob. The oil is sold in the black market. It looks cola coloured with the whiff of the burnt frying pan. And most importantly, it does not have any scientific backing….”

Read the full article at Opindia.com

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