Before the invention of Viagra, loss of libido has been treated with a variety of foods and herbs. Below are some of the more traditional fixes for sexual woes.
Unexpected news for chocoholics.
Historically the ancient Aztecs were the first to use chocolate or the cacao bean as a sexual stimulant. Emperor Montezuma was said to eat as much as he could to keep up his many romances. Unfortunately, this may have been in vein.
Chocolate contains tryptophan, a predecessor to everyone’s favourite neurotransmitter; serotonin, our mood regulator and sexual stimulator. It also has the neurochemical phenylethylamine fondly referred to as the “love molecule”. If that wasn’t enough chocolate contains the messenger molecule anandamide, a molecule that induces bliss.
Despite all this, scientists dismiss chocolate as a stimulant.
The ancient Romans praised oysters for their aphrodisiac properties.
Oysters are high in zinc, an important mineral in the production of sex hormones. Oysters and bivalve molluscs have both been proven to increase sexual activity, mainly due to the D- partic acid (D-Asp) and N-mthyl-D-asparate (NMDA), types of rare amino acids, that are in them. Scientists tested the theory by injecting these amino acids in rats. The injection raised the levels of both progesterone and testosterone in males and females. When the level of both of these hormones increase in the bloodstream, the libido will lift.
The people of Western Africa have used the bark of the Yohimbe tree as a stimulant for generations. Traditionally, it has been used to treat every illness from leprosy to erectile dysfunction. According to WebMD the miracle drug has been known to increase the blood flow to the sexual nerves in both men and women, however, this is all here say, as no clinical trial has been conducted.
Many cultures believe that scrotums have aphrodisiac properties. In parts of China eating tiger and deer penis is believed to improve sexual performance. Many people in America’s West believe in eating bull’s testicles or “Rocky Mountain Oysters” sometimes raw, sometimes cooked, they’re thought to help cure a cowboy of his erectile dysfunction. Neither penis nor scrotum has been medically tested.
The root has been used as an aphrodisiac in China for centuries. A study conducted in 2000 found that when rabbits were given Ginseng their sexual organs relaxed, inducing neurogenic effects conducive to sexual activity. The results showed that ginseng enhanced cellular activity, directly affecting erectile dysfunction and low libido.
Horns and Tusks
Perhaps the saddest of all the traditional aphrodisiacs. All through history people have been slaughtering animals for their horns and tusks. And although it has been proven that neither horns nor tusks have any healing qualities, animals are still being murdered for their ivory.