ON SEXUAL ENHANCERS

What is an aphrodisiac (sex tonic)? 'Aphrodisiacs' are foods, herbs, potions, or drugs which are believed to increase sexual   desire  and improve   sexual  performance. Aphrodisiacs are named after the Greek goddess of love  Aphrodite.  The belief is sex  tonics to stimulate one's  sexuality is as  old as the human sex  race.  Different  aphrodisiacs have been  in vogue at different times.  In 1960s, an  Oriental herb called ginseng was very popular.  The root  of this plant became   the largest selling aphrodisiac in the American  market.   In the  1960s, an Oriental herb called ginseng was very popular.  The root  of this plant became the largest  selling aphrodisiac in the American  market.  In the 1970s, 'royal jelly' became  a popular  energizer for the gonads.  Later   on, vitamin E and zinc became  the most commonly accepted nutritional aphrodisiacs.

How do aphrodisiacs work?: Sex tonics usually  'work' in three ways.  Some like alcohol and marijuana, alter the mental  state; others  increase the flow  of blood to the genital apparatus, e.g. yohimbine and some  others cause severe irritation inflammation of the genitourinary tract, e.g., Spanish fly.  Sex tonics,  as such, have no effect  on sexuality.  The most  effective mode  of action is the well-known mechanism of suggestion.  The fact remains that no food or drug on earth has as  yet been  to be a direct sex stimulant.

What is the effect of alcohol on sexual  functioning? Alcohol is  essentially  a central nervous system  depressant.  In small  doses, it gives a feeling of warmth and well-being  and removes social inhibitions which probably accounts  for its popularity as an  aphrodisiac.  However, as mentioned, "The desire it provokes, but takes   away the performance" is unfortunately yet  undisputed true.

What are the  long-term effect of alcohol on an individual's sexual functioning? Chronic alcoholism  impairs the sexual  functioning due to  many causes.  The repeated  impairment of response and performance during  acute episodes   of alcohol intake create anxiety  which proves  to be a  'psychological barrier' to  responses and performance in subsequent sexual encounters also.
            Besides, chronic  alcoholism results in hepatic and neurological damage.  This damage  leads to decreased sensitivity and impotence in the male and  early menopause ,  excessive menstrual and  inter menstrual bleeding in the female and an overall  decrease in sexual desire in both  sexes.

Is marijuana a sexual stimulant? Though it has been experimented  extensively  all over the world, the use of  marijuana as an aphrodisiac is unpredictable and the  effects are largely because of reduction of inhibition, increased suggestibility and  a time distortion effect.

What  are  the sexual effects of cocaine? Cocaine leads to a temporary increase in sexual   excitability but  along  with this  feeling, it also  leads to flight of ideas,  fear reaction and   paranoid thinking.

What  is testosterone?: Testosterone is a  natural androgen produced  by the Leydig cells  of  the testes in men.  If cells  do not function, puberty is delays and sexual  infantilism persists.  If these cells fail  later in life, i.e., after puberty, a man experiences loss of libido and potency,  a reduced ejaculate, a gradual  decrease in testicular  size and slow  growing   facial hair.

What  is your opinion about testosterone in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions?: Testosterone is often  used for its 'supposed'  aphrodisiac effect.  However, it is seldom effective and is useful only  in  those exceptional cases where there is  a genuine lack of  testosterone in the body or where there is evidence  of failure in the development of  secondary sexual characteristics or during   old age  when there is evidence  of low levels of testosterone.   If used  irrationally in young  individuals, it may cause a decreases in the sperm  count.    Abnormal liver functions  and  cases of liver malignancy have  also been  reported.  If administered in females,  hirsutism, and the male pattern of  baldness, enlargement of the clitoris  and deepening of the voice  are    the chief  side effects.  Abnormalities of the  glucose tolerance curve (the test for diabetes) may be  encountered   and disturbances could  occur in previously stable diabetes.  Testosterone is often used, empirically, to improve sexual desire and performance in middle-aged men.  However, a  significant  decrease in testosterone secretion  in middle -aged men in very uncommon.
            While  using testosterone  for the  elderly, it is   advisable to do a rectal examination prior to its use,  as testosterone can   precipitate malignancy of the prostate gland.  Unless the symptoms reveal, and metabolic investigations confirm,  a deficiency of testosterone, it should never be  used.

What is  Papaverine?: Papaverine is a drug  that acts as a vasodilator  and muscle  relaxant.  Direct   injection  of the drug  into   the penis will result in a firm and relatively  long-lasting erection.

Which are the other drug  used in the  injection erection therapy?:  Phantomlike, chlorpromazine and prostate land in E, can be used   in combination with  Papaverine.  Prostate land in E, can also be used alone.

Are their  any side  effects of using  Papaverine?: Sometimes the erection  achieved by the  Papaverine injection  fails to subside.  Hence, this drug should be used with caution.  One should avoid using  Papaverine more than   twice   a week, as it may lead to scarring, bruising, etc.  long-term  use may cause  fibrosis and curvature of the penis.   The drug  also  suffers from the disadvantages of losing its effect over a period of time.  it should be used only under   a physician's guidance.

What are the modern  medicines commonly used that can paralyze  the sexual system?: Modern  medicine, if indiscriminately used,  can play havoc with the sexual  system.   Over-the-counter medicines, easy accessibility and self-medication have made many  a drug   liable  for  potential abuse.  In  many experience, the drugs   commonly used that could be detrimental  in terms  of sexual   health are the following:

  • Antihypertensives:  Reserpine (rawolfia  alkaloid), beta-blockers, alpha-methyl dopa, ganglion-blockig agents.
  • Antiandrogens:  Cimetidiene, keto-conazole, spironolactone.
  • Anticonvulsantsd: Barbiturates, carbamazepine.
  • Anticholinergics :  Belladonna alkaloids.
  • Antipsychotics,  Antidepressants,  and  antianxiety group of drugs.

In such  cases, the  medication can be changed to drugs, which   have the same effect  on the target  symptom without paralyzing the sexual  system.

What is  Viagra?: Viagra, pharmacologically  known  as Sildenfil Citrate, is an oral drug preparation for the  treatment of the erectile dysfunction.  It is  used for the treatment of men who have difficulty in maintaining an erection.

Is it a true  aphrodisiac?:Yes and no.  In other words,  it does not  create an  erection but can enhance an   already achieved  erection.

How is it available?: It is available in 25 mg, 50 mg ad 100mg  potency, only on the  production of a prescription  and not  over the counter.

What is the mechanism of action?: For understanding  the mechanism of action, it is essential to know the physiology of penile erection, which involves the release of a chemical mediator that  increase the blood flow  to the penis, resulting in an  erection.  Viagra  enhances the effect of  this chemical   mediator, thereby   enhancing  the erection.  Thus, it Enhances  an already Achieved Erection and  does not   Create an erection.

 What  are personal massagers?  Are they useful?: 'Personal massagers' are also known as vibrators.  Thee vibrators can help in providing  additional  stimulations in some  individuals.  Some women prefer to hold a vibrator  on the clitoris  even during coitus.  Most men prefer  to use a vibrator with slow speed on the area around the  scrotum and the underside of the  penis.  It is  particularly helpful   for older men as they require  more intense  physical stimulation as compared to younger  men, and  a vibrator could serve  as a good adjunct.

Which is the best vibrator? : There are several models available, like  the battery- operated  ones  and the electricity- operated  ones with  multiple attachments. However, one must not forget that at times even a finger could prove to be the best  vibrator!

What is the  best natural  aphrodisiac?: The best  natural  aphrodisiac is an attractive  and  affectionate partner passionately asking  to be enjoyed.  The ideal aphrodisiac still eludes us, but the quest  for it continues, as hope springs  eternal.

What is the role of  Ayurvedic medicines?: Ayurvedic  medicines are best aphrodisiacs with no side effects.  The mixtures and powder  prepared by well-qualified physician are  helpful in using  most sex   problems including impotency  and premature ejaculation.
            Avoid  stress, smoking  and alcohol.  Proper weight, balanced  diet, regular exercise  and yoga  are essential  for a better sex life.  What is  good  for the whole  body  is good for  sex.