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« on: November 07, 2022, 04:26:53 PM »
I feel aphrodisiacs are a neglected part of POIS research even though possibly being the most important one. A comprehensive list is a necessity to be able to make comparative POIS tests, so I tried to remedy this shortage. Fortunately some good studies can be found on the issue, so the collection wasn’t too difficult. I have already tested quite a few of the mentioned aphrodisiacs and though they have varying efficacy, they clearly have a positive impact on my case. I can imagine that some of us would try to avoid these, which of course is not too difficult, as most of these are rather rare, possibly with the exception of some spices that may easily occur in some processed foods and some common cooking ingredients like onion and garlic. Well even in my case there seems to be some inconsistencies, e.g. I had a bad reaction to lemongrass, but still many of the best remedies are clearly on this list as well.

It is worth to note that the part of the plant responsible for the aphrodisiac activity may be not the most readily available. For example in the case of hibiscus the indicated parts are the leaves, however only the petals are sold on the market and I also did not have a good reaction to that, but well who knows. Some additional examples could be: pigeon pea (root), Capsicum (seeds), Mango (bark), Poppy plant (flower). While minimally effective others had better results with things like fenugreek, garlic, galangal, curcuma, neem, nutmeg or Goji berry, so individualized combinations could be more effective. There are also some that I haven’t yet tried, but others had some success with, like okra, coriander or castor, which also affirms the likely involvement and probable benefit of these supplements.

As a mode of mechanism some of the aphrodisiacs probably increase testosterone, but I find it a bit hard to believe that everything would. Given the list of estrogen receptor beta agonists I really suspect their involvement as well, however to date I couldn’t find any studies that would confirm an aphrodisiac activity.
Of course NRF2 activation could be involved as well.

In the first list I tried to only include those that may be found on online markets and are not outright indicated as very poisonous. Still please be aware that some of these may be toxic and combinations can be unpredictable.

- Okra (root, seed)
- Sweet flag (rhizome)
- Garlic chives (seed)
- Garlic (bulb)
- Onion (bulb)
- Aloe vera (gel from leaves)
- Java galangal (rhizome)
- Pellitory (root)
- Shatavari (root)
- Peanut (seed)
- Jackfruit (fruit, seed, leaves, root)
- Neem (root)
- Bacopa (whole plant)
- Bauchinia (bark)
- Ash gourd (fruit)
- Punarnava (root)
- Fingerroot (rhizomes)
- Shivlingi (seed)
- Pigeon pea (root)
- Papaya (fruit)
- Cannabis (leaf)
- Capsicum (seed)
- Septicweed (leaf)
- Intellect plant (seed)
- White goosefoot (seed)
- Musli (whole plant)
- Cocculus (stem, leaf, root)
- Coconut (endosperm)
- Kola nut (seed, fruit)
- Guggul / Commiphora (root, leaf)
- Coriander (leaf)
- Saffron (stigma)
- Turmeric (rhizome)
- Lemongrass (whole plant)
- Wild carrot (root)
- Desmodium (root)
- Wild yam (whole plant)
- Flat bean (seed)
- Durian (fresh fruit)
- Echinacea (leaves)
- Emblic or Indian gooseberry (fruit)
- Euphorbia hirta (leaves)
- Tongkat Ali (whole plant)
- Shankhahuli (whole plant)
- Fadogia agrestis / Black Aphrodisiac (stem)
- Lebanese viagra (root)
- Paras pipal (bark)
- Cluster fig (fruit)
- Sacred fig (bark)
- Garcinia / Bitter Kola (bark)
- Gmelina / Coomb teak (fruit)
- Indian sherbet berry (fruit)
- Hibiscus / China rose (leaf)
- Roselle (seed, leaf)
- Holostemna
- Marsh barbel (root, leaf, seed)
- Thai ginseng/black ginger (rhizomes)
- Bottle gourd (fruit)
- Flax (seed)
- Goji (berry)
- Maca (root)
- Mango (bark)
- Arrowroot (rhizome)
- Massularia chewing stick / Pako Ijebu (stem)
- Microdesmis keayana / Senegal (roots)
- Bitter melon (leaf)
- White’s ginger (root)
- Zoapatle (whole plant)
- Mucuna pruriens (seed)
- Nutmeg (seed)
- African basil / Clove basil (leaves)
- Panax ginseng (root)
- Wild passionflower (leaf)
- Poppy plant (flower)
- Yohimbine (bark)
- Suma (root)
- Large caltrops (whole plant)
- Phyllanthus emblica (fruit)
- West African pepper / Ashanti Pepper (root)
- Piper officinarum (fruit)
- Solomon’s seal (root)
- Almond (kernel)
- Psoralea corylifolia (fruit)
- Muira puama (bark, root)
- Pomegranate (fruit)
- Rose damascence (petal)
- Castor (seed)
- Sandal wood (heart wood)
- Long pepper (fruit)
- Sesame (seeds)
- Nightshade
- Clove (dried flower bud)
- Iboga
- Tamarind (bark)
- Arjuna (bark)
- Giloy (whole plant)
- Tribulus terrestris (fruit, seed)
- Pointed gourd (seed)
- Damiana (leaf)
- Clavo huasca (bark)
- Valeriana jatamansi (root)
- Ashwagandha (leaf, root)
- Ginger (rhizome)

In a native language herbal lexicon I also found some more, although some of these have been already mentioned (very toxic ones were excluded):
- Cumin
- Arugula/Rocket (Eruca sativa)
- Bigroot geranium
- Jasmine
- Muira puama
- Watercress
- White waterlily
- Canadian/American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
- Paronychia argentea
- Yohimbe
- Psoralea corylifolia
- Common rue
- Sesame
- Sarsaparilla / Smilax china / China root
- Tribulus
- Damiana
- Ashwagandha
- Cantharis tincture

Another list with some new elements and a kind of classification:

There are six main classes of herbal aphrodisiacs — organized by their general mechanism of action.
1. Aromatic Aphrodisiacs — work through volatile oils of plants to activate the limbic system of the brain
2. Adaptogenic Aphrodisiacs — work by promoting optimal health to promote our natural desire to procreate
3. Nutritional Aphrodisiacs — work by providing the raw materials to build sex hormones and other compounds related to procreation
4. Sexual stimulants — work by directly stimulating one or more processes involved with sexual desire or function
5. Nervine aphrodisiacs — work through the nervous system, usually via the vagus nerve which controls our reproductive organs
6. Energetic aphrodisiacs — these are the traditional aphrodisiacs that are explained through energetic medical systems

- Deer Or Elk Antler Velvet
- Catuaba
- Jatropha
- Rosewood
- Date palm (pollen)
- Pine pollen
- Ibhucu
- Jamzad
- Love Vine
- Indian Almond (Terminalia catappa)
- Ginkgo biloba
- Schizandra chinensis berry
- Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium)
- Siberian Ginseng
- Vanilla
- Rose essential oil
- Ylang Ylang
- Cashew
- Pineapple
- Dong quai
- Malabar Spinach
- Tamamuri
- Watermelon
- Cinnamon
- Cordyceps
- Chinese dodder
- Chinese yam
- Dendrobium
- Ho shou wu
- Huanarpo macho
- Guarana
- Peach
- Chinese foxglove
- Picho huayo

The most common plants used in Arabic medicine for aphrodisiac action are:
- Trigonella foenum / Fenugreek
- Eurica sativa / Arugula
- Clematis cirrhosa
- Pistacia palasestina / Palestine Pistachio
- Zingiber officinale / Ginger
- Smilax aspera / Sarsaparille
- Salvia dominica / Dominica sage
- Nasturtium officinale / Watercress
- Raphanus raphanistrum / Wild radish
- Poenix dactylifera / Date palm
- Allium cepa / Onion

- Ferula asafoetida

- Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) berry

- Chios mastic (Pistacia lentiscus) and zinc

- Blue lotus flower and Indian lotus

- Truffles
The cause is probably the senescence of sexual organs and resultant inducible SASP, which also acts as a kind of non-diabetic metabolic syndrome.


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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2022, 03:45:35 AM »
Some of these may increase blood pressure, so combinations should be checked for possible adverse interactions.
The cause is probably the senescence of sexual organs and resultant inducible SASP, which also acts as a kind of non-diabetic metabolic syndrome.