How do aphrodisiacs work?

Recent a study made by Canadian researchers has shown that herbal natural aphrodisiacs may have better effects and are healthier than many drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. Study results show that three herbs can enhance sexual function without side effects: ginseng, saffron and Yohimbine. Aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years throughout the world, but the scientific explanation behind the rumor has never been well understood or interpreted.

Study results show that drugs such as Viagra can treat erectile dysfunction but do not increase sexual desire and also have side effects, while natural do not have side effects and also improve sexual function. We need natural products that enhance sex without having negative side effects. Drugs can cause headaches, muscle pain and weakness of vision and may have dangerous interactions with other substances.

The researchers have studied the effects of herbs like ginseng, Epimedium, Muira Pauma and Maca root, saffron and Yohimbine (extracted from the Yohimbe tree in western Africa) and have found significant results in improving sexual function and stimulating sexual desire. Also the scientists recommend caution, because, according to them, there is still insufficient evidence to support widespread use of these substances as effective erectile dysfunction pills.

Aphrodisiacs can influence one of the six senses, or a combinations of several; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and, eventually, but not least, the mind, are the recipients of sexual stimulus. In both women and men, it’s all about hormones and testosterone. The entire process can be summarized as follows: first, signals are sent to the brain through the nervous system in the pelvic region.

These signals dilate blood vessels. Expansion in turn creates an erection. An erection is followed by rapid heartbeat. Meanwhile, our brain releases noradrenalin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that induce pleasure. Aphrodisiacs can work in two ways: some create sexual appetite by influencing the mind, while others affect the body. For example, anything that increases blood flow to the genitals can simulate the sexual appetite.

Worldwide, many plants known for their aphrodisiac, exciting and invigorating effect. Aphrodisiac plants contain mostly alkaloids, very active compounds containing nitrogen molecules that act strongly on the brain. Others contain alkaloids which contain an acetylcholine-like substance: belladonna, datura, henbane, mandragora. Chocolate and cocoa are fenetilamine, like nor epinephrine, which promotes secretion of hormones and endorphins.

Many effects of aphrodisiacs were discovered by accident after some people reported an increase in sexual activity as a result of taking them. Many pharmaceutical companies use these unexpected effects to develop drugs that overcome lack of libido in individuals suffering from different sexual dysfunction.