Aphrodisiac – Mind

The term “aphrodisiac” comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love andbeauty, who (as myth would have it) rose out ofthe sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros — the god of love, sexuality and fertility.

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Thismay explain why oysters are supposed to haveaphrodisiac qualities.
Science has not verified the aphrodisiac qualities ofoysters, nor, in fact, those of any other allegedaphrodisiac.
According to them, its all in the mind –if you think something is an aphrodisiac, you startbehaving like it is: mind over matter.
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However,science doesn’t know everything,
so let’s assume for a minute that aphrodisiacs work as per mythand legend, keeping in mind that the brain is ourgreatest sexual organ.
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Some foods are referred to as aphrodisiacs becausethey resemble human genitalia — bananas, cucumbers, and seafood like oysters and mussels.

Other substances, such as the essential oil ylang-ylang and some herbs, have an effect on thenervous system, producing calming, euphoricfeelings that can wash away negativity and stress,promoting intimacy and relaxation.

Other supposed aphrodisiacs are anchovies,Spanish fly, lard, and licorice. The definition ofaphrodisiac requires the substance to normallyproduce an increase in sexual desire, so alcohol isnot considered an aphrodisiac.
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There arehundreds, if not thousands, of claimed aphrodisiacs, and science reckons they are allfolklore, despite large numbers of us still trying tofind the magic potion, lotion or pill to increase andimprove our sex lives.

APHRODISIACS ON AM Getting yourself or your partner into a more eroticframe of mind can sometimes be a challenge.Helping yourselves out with a few well-known (butunproven) aphrodisiacs may be worth a try — andit can’t hurt, right? Everyone is different, so find out what works foryou and your partner.
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You could probably justmake it up as you go along — that’s what everyoneelse seems to have done. APHRODISIAC FACT Rhino horn is sometimes thought to be anaphrodisiac because of its phallic shape, but in factthe horn is eaten to increase libido.

The horncontains mostly phosphorus and calcium, which, ifingested, may increase health in a personpreviously lacking in these, and may therefore increase sexual responses.1340676287980

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) 2

Common Names: Mexican Damiana

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Description: Native not only to the Gulf of Mexico region, but also the Caribbean & Namibia in southern Africa. This aromatic shrub grows up to six feet tall with smooth, pale green leaves & small bright yellow flowers. It can be cultivated but prefers heat and humidity. Leaves are harvested when in flower during summer.

The ancient Mexicans used it as a tonic to increase the appetite and as a digestive aid, but today it is used mainly to treat sexual dysfunctions.

Ironically, it is also a popular cure for a hangover, while, at the same time, used to flavour a liquor made in Guadalajara called Damiana.

Main constituents: Arbutin, Volatile Oil, Resins, Gums, & Tannins

Properties: Antidepressant, Mild laxative & diuretic, aphrodisiac, stimulant, tonic.

Uses: Internally: Useful for premature ejaculation & impotence. Beneficial for both sexes to restore nervous system & reproductive organs. Helps with painful or delayed periods. Urinary antiseptic.

Safety Considerations: Higher doses of damiana may induce a mild sense of euphoria. The leaves have a minor laxative effect, which is more pronounced at higher intakes, and may cause loosening of stools.

Magical:

Folk Names: Yerba del Pastor
Element: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Powers: Lust, Love, Visions

Uses: Lust infusions, Vision Quests. A commercially-prepared liqueur is available in a bottle shaped somewhat like the Venus of Willendorf.

Benefits of Damiana

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Damiana has two sub-species: turnera diffusa and turnera aphrodisiaca. It is found growing wild in the Americans and Africa. Also known as Mexican Damiana and Old Woman Broom, damiana has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, for gastrointestinal disorders and as a diuretic to increase the flow of urine. Although the FDA has not evaluated damiana for its effectiveness and safety, there are many benefits commonly associated with the drug.
Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Mexican people commonly use damiana when they have gastrointestinal problems. Damiana is said to have a positive impact as an anti-bacterial when it comes to the gastric tract.Damiana

Damiana was recorded to be used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as for “giddiness and loss of balance.” A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the damiana leaves, added sugar, and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking.
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Sexual Stimulant

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Damiana is commonly used to treat sexual dysfunction in women. One of the most popular supplements that contains damiana for this purpose is called ArginMax. The trouble with testing this supplement is that there are various other components like ginko, ginseng and multivitamins in it as well, so knowing the exact effect that damiana has in the mixture is difficult to determine.
Weight Loss

Extract from the damiana plant has also been used in certain weight loss supplements. One supplement, known as YGD, uses damiana, but as with the case of sexual stimulants, damiana is paired with other compounds and has not been subject to study for this purpose alone.
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Damiana [Turnera diffusa]

Damiana grows in hot and humid climates such as Central America and Southern Africa.

Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Traditionally, it is believed to benefit sexual disorders, allergies and infections. Essential oils
produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors
and tea. The most abundant constituents of the oils were caryophyllene oxide,
caryophyllene, delta-cadinene, elemene and 1,8-cineol. [2]

Researchers at Aeron Biotechnology tested 150 herbs for their relative capacity to compete
with estradiol and progesterone binding to intracellular receptors for progesterone (PR) and
estradiol (ER) in intact human breast cancer cells. They found that soy, licorice, red clover,
thyme, tumeric, hops, and verbena are the highest ER-binding herbs while oregano,
verbena, tumeric, thyme, red clover and damiana are the highest PR-binding herbs and
spices. In general, ER-binding herbal extracts were agonists, much like estradiol, whereas
PR-binding extracts, were neutral or antagonists. [3]

Researchers from University of Hawaii conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to
determine the role of dietary supplementation on sexual function in women of differing
menopausal status. In this study, the researchers supplied a herbal complex containing
L-arginine, ginseng, ginkgo, damiana, multivitamins, and minerals to 55 women with a low
sexual desire. After four weeks of treatment, premenopausal women primarily reported
significant improvement in level of sexual desire (72%) and satisfaction with overall sex life
(68%). While, among perimenopausal women, primary improvements were reported for
frequency of intercourse (86%), satisfaction with sexual relationship (79%), and vaginal
dryness (64%) compared with placebo group. POST women primarily showed an increased
in level of sexual desire(51%). Thus, researchers suggest its potential benefits in sexual
concerns. [1]

In another study of 77 women over the age of 21 years, 34 received a herbal preparation
containing extracts of ginseng, ginkgo, and damiana, L-arginine, multivitamins, and
minerals.After 4 weeks, 73.5% of the herb-treated group improved in satisfaction with their
overall sex life, compared with 37.2% of the placebo group. The researchers reported
notable improvements in sexual desire, reduction of vaginal dryness, frequency of sexual
intercourse and orgasm, and clitoral sensation. They reported no significant side effects in
the study. [5]

Researchers from Medical Center Charlottenlund, Denmark, noticed a herbal mixture
containing Yerbe Mate, Guarana and Damiana prolonged gastric emptying time and reduced
body weight in a study of 44 healthy overweight subjects. [4]

Side Effects of Damiana

Based on its action, it affects the female hormonal system, may cause stomach upset and
weight loss. Its side effects may also include stool loosening.

THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR
DOCTOR.
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Damiana is a small shrub with an aromatic leaf found on dry, sunny, rocky hillsides in south Texas, Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. The leaf has been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians. The two species used in herbal healing, both of which are referred to as damiana.