Friday, August 18, 2006

Natural Aphrodisiacs - Ancient Secrets of Seduction - By Agostino Rossi

In a white paper criticizing over-the-counter products sold as aphrodisiacs, a writer for the FDA quoted the following observation:

“The mind is the most potent aphrodisiac there is," says John Renner, founder of the Consumer Health Information Research Institute (CHIRI). "It's very difficult to evaluate something someone is taking because, if you tell them it's an aphrodisiac, the hope of a certain response might actually lead to an additional sexual reaction."

The important question that should follow this astute observation is, “So what?” Unfortunately, rather than ask or answer this obvious question, the FDA spokesperson merely continued to expound on the difficulty of proving that something is an aphrodisiac, and then implied that if it can’t be proven, then it must not be true.

Let’s take a different approach to this question. Let’s start with the assumption people are interested in aphrodisiacs precisely because they wish to achieve “an additional sexual reaction," and that if something does no harm, it is worth investigating. Thousands of years of folk tradition, and the wisdom of people who are nobody’s fools, suggests that this approach is as good a place as any to start.

The goals of taking safe, natural products that function as aphrodisiacs are to have more or better sex. These goals can be accomplished in two ways: enhancement of the function, state of arousal or stamina of the sexual organs themselves, and modification of a person’s mood, thereby making them more receptive to engaging in sexual intercourse. Traditionally, the view is often that men need the first (for obvious mechanical reasons, such as for erectile dysfunction remedies or impotence treatment) and women need the second, but that is an oversimplification. However, a detailed discussion of these different effects of aphrodisiacs is the topic of a different article. For now, let’s consider a few natural products you can begin using immediately, to very good effect!

Yohimbe bark – Let’s start with a warning on this one: If you have high blood pressure, be very careful and start with low doses. Besides, some scientific data suggests that yohimbe is more effective at low doses than at high doses, so it makes sense to start low and see how it goes.

Yohimbe is sold in many health food stores, herbal shops and online in capsule form. It comes from a tree that grows in Africa, and has been used in western Africa as a sexual enhancer for many years. The product may enhance erections in men and enhance sexual responsiveness in women.

Chocolate – The only warning required on this one is that it might add to unwanted weight gain, but then if it performs its desired function as an aphrodisiac, the ensuing extra exercise should take care of that problem. Chocolate, in addition to its sensuous texture which can inspire the imagination to erotic creativity, contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine. Researchers report that this compound acts like an endorphin and produces a feeling of well-being. Of course, the right mood music and little candlelight is always a good accompaniment to this lovers’ indulgence.

Ginkgo – This herbal product is frequently used to slow age-related memory loss, but some have found it useful in treating erectile dysfunction. It is sold in capsules and in tea form by most health food and natural supplement stores.

These are just three of the natural aphrodisiacs you can use to enhance your romantic relationships. Future articles will discuss more natural herbal aphrodisiacs and how they work to enhance the sexual arousal of you and your partner, creating a more fulfilling experience for both of you.

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