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Winter, 2007

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Gender Symbols Enhance your Love Life
courtesy, Rainbow Natural Foods

Many ordinary herbs, foods, and some questionable substances have been reputed as aphrodisiacs. An aphrodisiac is defined as “any substance which can stimulate, strengthen and deepen the pleasures of sexual activity.” The word is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love.

While some may think of an aphrodisiac as a “magic elixir” that will instantly turn them into a version of Aphrodite or her consort Ares, more realistically, most substances that are safe to take (and don’t involve killing an endangered animal species) work by supporting the body so that it can work in harmony with the sexual desire that already exists within us. Some common medicinal herbs can do just that.

For more detailed information about the following herbs and how to take them please consult with a qualified herbalist or naturopathic doctor.

American Ginseng Root (Panax quinquefolius)

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)This herb strengthens the adrenal and reproductive glands. It can help with circulatory problems, low energy, infertility and stress. Ginseng also enables people to attain their physical peak, and generally increases vitality and physical performance.

Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii)

Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii)This South American herb is sometimes referred to as “The Natural Viagara”. It increases energy, endurance, stamina and libido. It is beneficial for impotence as well as menopausal and menstrual problems.

Muira Puama Root (Ptychopetalum olacoides)

Another South American herb, Muira Puama has a general tonic effect and balances the sex hormones. It is beneficial in treating menopausal and menstrual problems.

Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)Also known as Siberian Ginseng, this herb acts as a vasodilator, helps increase stamina and is a circulatory stimulant.

Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo biloba)

Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo biloba)Well known as a herb to enhance memory, Ginkgo also shows promise as a treatment for vascular related impotence. Ginkgo should not be taken with blood thinning medications or over-the-counter pain killers except under the supervision of your health care provider


Sources:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing
by Phyllis and James Balch

Complete Illustrated Guide to the Holistic Herbal
by David Hoffman

Maca Spirit retailer herb information sheet

Dynamo House Aphrodisiacs Decoder

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