2023 Author: Katelyn Chandter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:08
Potions … Many people naively believe that, having eaten some muck, they will suddenly acquire a magical attraction in the innermost.
An important role in the story of aphrodisiacs is played by the placebo effect: people believe in the magical power of the drug used and feel more confident and desirable. The main thing is that the aphrodisiac does not harm health.
Reading the works of anthropologists about the life of wild tribes and ancient peoples, you can find many fascinating stories about what sometimes incredible methods these people resorted to in order to attract and hold the attention of the opposite sex. They prepared magical powders from the horns of rhinoceroses, deer, and bulls; ate the genitals of various animals; hunted for exotic tropical flies; drank the blood of snakes; ate meat of bats - a whole arsenal of tools. In honor of the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, such remedies began to be called "aphrodisiacs."
But even before that "aphrodisia" in ancient Greece was called the holidays in honor of Aphrodite, and "peasant aphrodisiacs" are mentioned in the "Art of Love" by Ovid. However, the next time they were remembered only before the Great French Revolution, the Parisian libertines: before that, there was a need for more potent means - a love potion, for example. They did not expect much from an aphrodisiac: if only for one evening to increase libido, improve an erection in a man, help a woman reach orgasm, in a word - to help both get maximum pleasure. For this, various aromas, culinary delights, spicy drinks were used, which should have been equally useful to both partners.
Although formally aphrodisiacs trace their ancestry back to the Age of Enlightenment, their actual medieval origins make themselves felt every now and then. The attention of patients is offered substances of plant and animal origin - often these are poisons. Their usefulness is questionable, and the danger is obvious, but there are always those who want to experimentally test their effectiveness. Despite all the warnings from the Ministry of Health, people are ready to risk their health - just not to lose face!
In Australia, the destruction of aga toads began. They were introduced to the continent in the 1930s to combat sugarcane beetles. But due to the lack of natural enemies, these amphibians quickly multiplied. The strong poison of the aha toad, capable of killing even such large animals as crocodiles and dingo dogs, is used by some men as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Ginseng contains essential and fatty oils, sterols, peptides, vitamins and minerals that stimulate the central nervous system. Ginseng stimulates mental activity, increases efficiency, lowers cholesterol and blood glucose. In Russia, the plant is used mainly to improve health, and in Korea and China, ginseng root is a popular ingredient in various dishes.
The well-known aphrodisiac "Spanish fly", which is produced from the insect Lytta vesicatoria, was also recognized as dangerous. European pastoralists have long noticed how bulls get excited when these flies bite them. It was expected that a meeting with a front sight would have the same effect on people.
The body and wings of an insect contain a compound called cantharidin. Cantharidin is the strongest poison. Once in the body, it causes irritation of the genitourinary system and, as a result, a rush of blood to its organs, which creates the illusion of arousal. The ingress of cantharidin into the digestive tract leads to intoxication - the liver, stomach and central nervous system are affected. Long-term use of such a drug can cause serious harm to health.
But after all, any substance that can be a poison can also be a medicine! So far, however, there is only evidence of the unsafe nature of such drugs. And to provide scientific evidence of their effectiveness, serious human studies are needed using a double-blind method - when neither the volunteers nor the experimenters themselves know whether a person is receiving a pacifier or the drug under study. Indications of the possible efficacy of aphrodisiacs in humans are sporadic and subjective.
Spanner flies and poisonous toads are, perhaps, options for the most reckless experimenters. Many more fans are finding methods to increase their sexual appetite through special diets. However, gastronomic aphrodisiacs are aimed at improving the well-being of a person as a whole: strengthening the immune system, providing the body with the necessary amount of vitamins and microelements, and relieving fatigue. Apparently, it is the general strengthening of tone and a deep belief in its effectiveness that can explain the popularity of "exciting" food.
For residents of different continents and regions, completely different foods can act as aphrodisiacs, depending on which microelements are lacking in their diet. So there seems to be no one-size-fits-all diet to enhance sexuality.
Various nuts, avocados, bananas, honey, olive oil, parsley, mushrooms - it will take more than one page to list all the "amorous" products and recipes from them. Medinterswiss expert, dietitian Stephanie Tolle explains:
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Modern medicine does not yet have reliable data on the ability of a particular food to improve the quality of sexual life. For example, a recent review of research on dietary aphrodisiacs published by Canadian researcher Dr. Rany Shamloul in J Sex Med denies the value of natural aphrodisiacs. However, attempts to use the gifts of nature to strengthen potency and enrich sex life continue and have a very real scientific basis. For example, ginseng has a powerful tonic and tonic effect, so it is used to stimulate the potency of men. But the problem is that physiological stimulation can always get in the way of psychological problems.
Today, those who crave qualitative changes in their sex life have a lot to choose from. You can use dubious, but potent poisons and additives of animal and vegetable origin at your own peril and risk. Or take the path of gastronomic experiments - leaning on shellfish and ginseng, increase vitality in general and sexual desire in particular. The products we are accustomed to, which are attributed to the properties of aphrodisiacs, have at least two advantages - in reasonable quantities they are safe and can, if not arouse sexual appetite, then at least satisfy the feeling of hunger.
There is also a third option - to diversify your sex life, influencing not physiological factors through additional nutrition, but psychological ones - through new emotions and sounds. Well, and if there are real problems, then it is best to go to qualified doctors.