Named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sensuality, eroticism, and sexuality, an aphrodisiac is something that turns you on and increases your desire to have sex. Aphrodisiacs may also improve your ability to have sex. This means that under the right circumstances almost anything could have aphrodisiac qualities. Most people think of something to eat or drink when they think of aphrodisiacs. Traditionally, aphrodisiacs were foods and plant extracts. Now they’re also human-made substances.
Some aphrodisiacs work because they feed your body what it needs to produce your own natural sexy chemicals. A number of the aphrodisiacs mentioned in our women’s and men’s sections fall into the category referred to as adaptogens. These substances work with your central nervous system (CNS) to deliver more energy and endurance when you need them. But unlike other CNS stimulants, such as caffeine or amphetamines, they don’t give you that extra boost and then follow it with a big letdown. They don’t deplete your body’s reserves; instead, they build them.
We point you to specific aphrodisiacs for both men and women. When possible we give you information about how and where, online, to get the aphrodisiacs mentioned. You’re invited to try them, but be cautious. It’s a good idea to consult your physician before consuming any of these items….
Aphrodisiacs are never an alternative to:
positive sexual attitude
doing your inner work to remove psychological barriers to sexual intimacy
sexual skill mastery
a healthy diet and lifestyle
But they can be lots of fun.They are also sometimes exactly what is needed when sexual dysfunction is caused by physiological/organic causes, e.g., peripheral vascular disease, hardening of the penile arteries, diabetes mellitus, prostate enlargement, high levels of pituitary gland hormone prolactin, low testosterone (hypogonadism) , and male andropause.
“The good news is that something will work consistently for just about anyone. A bit of patience, some trial and error, and a positive mental attitude will go a long way to enhance potency and sexual pleasure.”
Dr. Zoltan Rona, M.D., Reference Note #1
US Government FDA on Aphrodisiacs – “Looking for a Libido Lift? The Facts About Aphrodisiacs”
As you might expect the FDA does not believe there are any! “According to the Food and Drug Administration, the reputed sexual effects of so-called aphrodisiacs are based in folklore, not fact. In 1989, the agency declared that there is no scientific proof that any over-the-counter aphrodisiacs work to treat sexual dysfunction.”
Please note that nothing we say here is intended as medical advice. If you desire to experiement with any of the items mentioned consult your physician first.