A man in his 40s from the south was rushed to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba a few days ago after becoming ill from drinking a tea alleged to "treat" impotence.
He suffered from breathing problems, a rapid pulse and a change in his skin color.
Quickly, he developed problems with his blood hemoglobin, which was less able to transport oxygen to the cells.
In the intensive care unit, he was treated with an antidote. Dr. Nimrod Maimon of the internal medicine intensive care unit said that the man, who arrived in only moderate condition, was in a condition as if he had lost half of his blood.
Within 24 hours of treatment, the man was discharged and allowed to return home in good condition.