Sex Tonic (aphrodisiacs)
These are chemical, herbal, natural or synthetic agents considered to enhance sexual
desire or sex appetite psychologically and improve sexual performance physically.
Sex tonics may be foodstuffs or herbs or animal organ sources or naturally or synthetically
An ideal sex tonic should have:
- No side effects
- Equal enhancing effect on desire and performance
- Specific mild to moderate effect on altering mental state for desire
- Specific mild to moderate effect on local genital tissue for performance
- Econimical and easy availability
- Rapid and sustained onset of action
Many Ayurvedic,herbal and medicinal products are used with the claim that they could
increase a person's sexual power or desire.
A long list of such substances is being given here questionable response on sexual desire
and performance varying from person to person, race to race and from continent to
- Oysters(Sea Animal)
- Ginseng root(Man Root) - A chinese herbal root now freely available in capsule form.
- Powdered Rhino' Horn
- Turtles eggs.
- Spanish Fly
- Narcotics as Heroine, Morphine.
- Pharmacological Drug Like Amphetamine and LSD
- Narcotic Drugs like Cocaine, Marijuana
- Ashwagandha - An Indian herb root, now available in capsule form.
- Shilajeet - An Indian tropical herb considered an ayurvedic drug.
- Dry fruits like Raisins, Dates, Apricot, Walnut.
- Variety of Fruits like Banana, Fig.
- Pharmacological drug like Sildinafil and its congeners which are available at any chemist shop.
Q. Why Sex tonics are needed & they are so much in demand?
A: Unproportinate expectation from sex act with collection of unscientific information in the mind is the key to run after the sex tonics. How a demand for sex tonic is generated has to be understood. This demand factor for such sex tonic is more a male factor.
Q. Sex tonics -Are they woth the Hype?
Ans: Please read in detail:
SEX TONICS –ARE THEY WORTH THE HYPE?
Ageing is the only inevitable eventuality of life. Rest all events are transient &
temporary. Sex is a phenomenon, practiced by all creatures on this earth for
generation propagation. Human beings and Dolphins are the only species, practice
sex for pleasure throughout the year without any seasonal inclination or hormonal
World Health Organization in 1994 declared Sexual activity as a fundamental human
health right and an important index of quality of life. But unfortunately, Sex is
considered as a forbidden zone for all the age groups and genders among all societies
across the globe. People refrain from discussing it with their elders as well as their
teachers or doctors. In country like India, imparting Sex education to teen age boys
and girls is still a matter of discussion and is controversial because of multiple caste,
creed, color and religion. Conventional way of sex education is typical, boring
and not sufficiently good enough for attention while pornographic reading or
watching is awfully attracting and charming but misleading at the same time. All
sexually active persons have heard of sex tonics & imagined to have used a sex tonic
at one time or the other. There are a lot of myths about sex tonics which are also
known as Aphrodisiacs.
Sex Tonics are in use since ancient times when herbal products having resemblance
with genital organs were frequently used to enhance power and performance.
People, in particular males, have a different psychology about performance in bed.
One wants un-proportionate length of time for sexual act and is easily drawn
towards the advertisements of variety of sex tonics available in capsules, tablets,
sprays or oils that claim to fulfill this unquenchable thirst. Sex Tonics are imagined
as magical drugs which should ideally induce intense sexual desire and maintain a
hard on erection for longest period of time to please the female partner. This is
somewhat to achieve supernatural sexual power to perform.
Pornographic materials available in audio-visual resources have also generated
misconceptions about sex tonics or sex performance for extra length of time for
all age students of sex. But the irony is that despite all hue and cry about
aphrodisiacs no ideal sex tonic has been discovered till date. The million dollar
question is what an ideal sex tonic should have. The market is flooded with variety
of sex tonics which are either chemical or herbal or natural or synthetic agents.
A Sex tonic aspirant seeks to find
such an agent which enhances the sexual desire of a person psychologically and
improve the sexual performance physically. This is like finding two worlds at the
same time. Sex is an act regulated by molecules in MIND and performed by Organs at
perineum. That is why Sex is called as physical activity while LOVE is all chemistry.
There is a basic human urge and an avid search for an ideal sex tonic which can
increase both sexual appetites and sexual performance all together. An Ideal sex
tonic should have:
- No side effects
- Having equal potentiating effect on both sex desire as well as sexual performance
- Mild to moderate effect on the psyche i.e. alteration of mental state of sex desire
- Safe and specific effect on local genitals tissue for actual performance
- Easy availability
- Rapid onset of action
- Sustained actions for a desired length of time.
Many vegetarian, herbal, ayurvedic medicinal products and modern medicinal drugs
are used with the claim that they could increase a person’s sexual powers of
performance and desire. Among all available resources ALCOHOL is a widely used
and accepted aphrodisiac with varied dose related response from person to person.
Alcohol as chemical is known to enhance the sexual desire level of a consumer by
abolishing all inhibitions including the mental blocks and complexes related to
Be it a gentleman or a lady, after consuming Alcohol the barrier of SAY NO to all
ethnic, social, physical or psychological taboos are removed leading to due openness
for performance actively in sex act. Despite all available drugs over the counter
ALCOHOL is being used widely by all age and gender aspirants. It helps to prepare a
mind up for actual sex with enhancement of desire. But the performance in bed
under the influence of ALCOHOL is skeptical. Alcohol increases the sexual
certainly because of lost inhibitions of the subject whether it actually improves the
performance is a debatable issue. This happens more with male’s performers as they
reduce with the inhibitions before the sexual performance and ejaculate early
because of enhanced responsiveness of the sensitive genitals.
FDA of USA has declared that there is no scientific proof that any OTC or “Over The
Counter” sex tonic work to treat
sexual dysfunction or fulfill the desired attainments in the act of sex. The
psychology of taking Sex Tonic is to be understood as the agents that strike more on
PSYCHE than on Physique.
Now the question arises why people go for searching sex potentiating agent. Do
people expect more and more adrenalin in bed from themselves or relying more on
such self acclaimed agents for un-proportionate performance gimmicks or just a
curiosity for any such chemical, herbal or driven by pornographic audio-visual
material or advertisement in print or electronic media. Whichever is the route for
approaching to any sex tonic, the response is never told to anyone. Nor does one let
others know what and how he has been duped and befooled. Sex is a forbidden topic
and people react on whatever they overheard about it. Performance in bed for both
male and female is a subjective feeling, varying from person to person and location
to location. Reaching to the pinnacle of sexual act which is called Orgasm is
dependent on multiple individualistic factors. Consent, Foreplay, proper Lubrication
in females and Erection in males are the factors responsible for attainment of timely
Orgasm is the shortest phase of sexual response cycle.
Sources of Aphrodisiacs:
A. vegetable : Onion, Aspargus,
B. Herbal : Ashwagandha, Gingseng, Shilajeet
C. Narcotics: Heroine, Morphine, Cocaine, Marijuana
D. Sea Food: Oyster, Shell fish
E. Animal Product: Rhino horn, Tiger Testicles, Turtle Egg, Spanish Spy.
F. Fruits: Banana, Fig, Fennel, Licorice, Raisins, Dry Fruits, Avocado, Water Melon.
G. Drugs: Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil
H. Phytopharmacologic agents: Yohimbine.
I. Organoleptic food: Chocolates, Ice Cream, Cheese, Cream and Sauces
J. Misc: Eggs, Saffron.
Chemical analyses of some of the aphrodisiacs have shown very normal contents of
much acclaimed Libido enhancers. Oysters are rich in Zinc while Rhinoceros Horn is
rich in Calcium and Phosphates.
Chocolates are rich source of Methylxanthines which are known to stimulate Nerves
which are instrumental in reaching to Orgasm in both the sexes. Chocolates, flowers, Cakes and Cookies have been used to lure the partners since very old time. Possibly they help making a mood to begin with an episode of sexual intercourse.
Eggs: They are rich source of Water soluble vitamin B group along with many minerals which are required by the body on a continuous and daily basis.
Sea Food: Oyster, Shell fish and other sea food are rich sources of Minerals like
Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Chromium, Copper etc which are available in salt form
which are readily been absorbed by the Intestines.
Ginseng is a tree root known and used since ages for its aphrodisiac use in China and India. It has an Energy enhancing effect if taken for 15 to 20 days with meals.
Sildenafil is a research drug molecule widely use by males for Erectile Dysfunction
under the active supervision of a qualified physician. It produces dilatation in the
cylindrical chambers of penis to sustain erection in patients of erectile dysfunction.
A Natural product Yohimbin (Rauwolfia) also is widely used which is a drugs developed from plant source. It’s a dietary supplement which is available in tablet form in the market with various names. It’s a potent drug used for treatment of sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction in particular.
Swarna Bhasma or Gold- Dust is also having a much acclaimed status of Libido
enhancer used by Royal clan as gold is very expensive. It’s a metal and could harm
Kidney and Bones if consumed for long time. There is no research taken up for such
metals to give a power and performance profile for sexual act. It is the visual effect ofpicture shown on the packing of such products which affect more on brain than on
genitals. Such metal dust in form of Bhasm are dangerous for the human body.
Any of above mentioned drug or chemical which is used under the
impression that it will help enhance libido and consequent performance
during intercourse is all subjective. Consumption of any of these products
fulfills your body with a load of Macro and micro minerals with vitamins
which somehow or the other revitalize your body, get rid of any deficiency
in the body leading thereby to an energetic state at physical level and
consequently mental serenity.
A person taking deficient diet, on consumption of any of acclaimed or
hyped agent will get a loading dose of normally required mineral or trace
elements would improve with general physical vigor and possibly lead to
an increased sexual interest.
Any of Phyto-pharmacologic or medicinal agent on
prescription of a patient is known to act on the target organ. They may
dilate the vessels in the organ to increase the blood flow to the organ or
alleviate the apprehension about sex or potentiate the nerve supply to the
All these products receive a wide propaganda through media and people
fall a pray to packaging of the material which depicts either running Horse, bull or a Macho man which strike the brain of a person.
The take home message is that you should make it sure to follow 6 point
schedule to have sexually active life :
- Physical Fitness with regular schedule of exercise and a balanced diet.
- Caring attitude towards the partner.
- Controlled levels of Blood sugar & blood pressure and blood Cholestrol, if you suffer with it.
- Refrain from addictions like smoking, drugs or excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Keep changing the locations and situations to have sex with partner to avoid monotony.
- Be loyal and follow Monogamy (One partner relationship) to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
Written by Dr Anil Bhadoria
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