An aphrodisiac means a series of products, usually herbs and plant extracts, capable of restoring the stimulus, direct or indirect, of the sexual act.
As it often happens, one of the two members of the couple is suffering from psychological or physical disorders that can create sexual problems. Neglecting the problem may further develop into a complex disorder. But some aphrodisiacs for women and men, known and used for centuries by indigenous people, can aid these sexual problems in natural ways due to their natural properties.
So let’s talk about the main natural aphrodisiacs.
An extract that has attracted interest is Yohimbine, which is an alkaloid contained in the bark of the Rubiaceae Corynanthe Yohimbe. This alkaloid is able to stimulate sexual behavior at the central level and to produce vasodilatation in the periphery. Yohimbine is mostly used in the treatment of organic or psychosomatic impotence (Erectile Dysfunction).
Unfortunately, Corynanthe Yohimbe is one of those plants which are difficult to find and is also considered dangerous. Alternatively, you can use a Brazilian Muira puama plant, which is also an aphrodisiac of extraordinary power. It contains an alkaloid with a structure similar to yohimbine.
Maca is an aphrodisiac, energizing sexual function, especially in men. Maca contains some alkaloids which act on hypothalamic-pituitary axis, resulting in stimulation of the adrenal glands and energizing and stimulating effect on the gonads.
It has the ability to increase fertility, both males, and females, due to the synergism of several components: a high content of minerals such as zinc and iodine, the presence of amino acids, particularly arginine and vitamins C and E act in synergy with the substances of nature alcaloidea and phytosterols.
Tribulus Terrestris aphrodisiacTribulus Terrestris is a natural ENERGIZING TONIC can have a positive influence on the sexual function.
Being an energizing tonic, Tribulus has also properties of anabolic steroids, stimulants of sexual activity and spermatogenic function, due to the presence of steroidal saponins. Tribulus Terrestris along with Maca is definitely the most widely used aphrodisiac.
Mucuna pruriens. The scientific study of the active substances of this aphrodisiac has shown that the action of Mucuna is fundamentally linked to the high content of L-dopa (dopamine). The dopaminergic activity is associated with the sexual function in males. According to some authors, the aphrodisiac activity of Mucuna appears to be enhanced by some indole alkaloids contained in it, in particular, the 5-methoxy-N and N-dimethyltryptamine.
Muira puama (Ptycopetalum olacoides) is a small tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest, and its white flowers have a fragrance similar to jasmine. It has the bark, called the “wood of power”, which has been used for problems of sexual weakness by indigenous people of the Amazon. In Europe, the first scientific studies on Muira were carried out after 1920.
More recently, in 1980 the plant was the subject of clinical studies that have shown beneficial effects in increasing libido (62% positive responses) and a very positive effect on treating erectile dysfunction (51% response positive). The active ingredients are represented by plant sterols, essential oil and an alkaloid (muirapuamina).
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiac)
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiac) represents a shrub grown in Mexico, Central and South America, and already known in traditional medicine of the ancient Mayan civilization. In addition to improving sexual function and performance, Damiana acts as a general stimulant tonic and an antidepressant.
It is, therefore, particularly useful in treating of the impotence of psychological origin. It has the leaves whose active ingredients consist of an essential oil, bitter substances (damiana) and alkaloids, similar to testosterone by the action.