Nature never intended that man should have sexual problems, but age will always take its toll on your performance. If you can use naturally occurring substances to put the spice back into your sex life, then surely it makes sense to go for it.
Natural sexual stimulants and aphrodisiacs have been popular with humans since the dawn of time. Crushed beetles, asparagus, oysters, rhino horn, ginkgo biloba, tiger testicles, as well as all kinds of roots, potions, brews, herbs, and animal organs have been used to supposedly enhance pleasure. Today, as if it were something brand new, these sex aids are once again gaining popularity.
Newest fad is a Swedish soft drink called Niagara. It is fruit-flavoured, blue-dyed, and contains carbonated water and sugar, spiked with herbal aphrodisiac damiana, ginseng, guarana ,maté, schizandra plus as much caffeine as an 8-ounce cup of coffee. If that doesn’t get your blood racing, you must be dead. Not only that, but a Cornell University plant biologist personally vouches for a natural compound, which is a cocktail of crushed termites, mashed ants, chili peppers, and fruits packing a Viagra-like wallop.
In Venezuela, Eloy Rodriguez, PhD, was given some of the substance to use as a spice for his food. He was told, by his Yequana tribe hosts.
'You're going to need a doctor in the morning, because it's going to make your penis get very hard,' and they were absolutely correct. It was very powerful," says Rodriguez. This could even be a natural alternative to Pfizer's little blue pill as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Rodriguez and colleagues performed a chemical analysis on the mysterious potion, in their Finger Lakes, New York laboratory, finding that chemicals similar to those in Viagra, as well as a healthy dose of testosterone, both of which could account for the compound's impressive action. They are now exploring plant derivatives from the Caribbean Dominican Republic, that are said to have similar properties to the Yequana mixture.
"I think as one does more serious chemical research, we're going to uncover 'natural' Viagras that might even be more potent than the one that has been made synthetically," Rodriguez commented.
"More and more people are turning to complimentary and alternative treatments for sexual dysfunction," says Richard P. Brown, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City.
Here are some of the plants that seem to be promising.
Rhodiola Rosea is a perennial plant that grows in artic regions of the world, and can boost sexual desire in both men and women, and may help prevent premature ejaculation. While no one knows exactly how the plant improves sexuality, it probably works on the dopamine system in the brain which is very important to sexual functioning and libido., Rhodiola appears to help the body adapt to a variety of life stresses.
Gingko Biloba is best known for boosting mental power, but the leaf extract of "the oldest tree known to man" is also being used to treat impotence in men, increasing the body's ability to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual stimulation. Some studies show that like Viagra, ginseng enhances the effects of nitric oxide, which helps relax artery walls, allowing more blood flow into the penis.
Horny Goat Weed is a species of epimedium, a leafy plant which grows in the wild, usually at higher altitudes, horny goat weed has been said to improve erectile dysfunction in men and libido in both sexes. Of course, it helps if you consume other foods that can naturally boost your libido. Couples who eat lots of strawberries and bananas feel fruitier in the bedroom, according to new research.
Traditional aphrodisiacs such as chocolate and oysters no longer top the list of libido enhancing foods.
A survey by fruit company Cape found both men and woman were more ready for sex once they had tucked in to the healthy snacks, particularly grapes.Top tips for using 'passion' fruit included: smearing bananas over bodies, dipping grapes in warm chocolate from the navel and sexily nibbling strawberries together.
Cape asked 500 couples how often they enjoyed sex while asking them about fruit and lifestyle. The survey found out that people in their 40s and 50s were most up for a fruity romp. 41% of couples said they used fruit in their lovemaking, and of these the majority said it was because they were bored with other food like chocolate, cream and ice cream.
As people reach middle age, they become more adventurous in the bedroom. People in their 40s were the top fruit players, followed by those in their 50s. Couples in their 20s rarely used fruit in the bedroom or any other food, but it could be that they are missing out on extra sexual pleasure, because, of those surveyed 54% felt sexier when they regularly ate more fruit than usual and one-third said they had twice as much sex as a result. Women felt most fruity with an average 32% increase in desire compared to men (21%).
Nature never intended that man should have sexual problems, but age will always take its toll on your performance. If you can use naturally occurring substances to put the spice back into your sex life, then surely it makes sense to go for it. Few things in life are as pleasurable as good sex, so you want to keep right on enjoying it for as long as nature allows, don’t you? I know I do