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Author Topic: Aphrodisiacs, the holy trinity of libido (Desire, Ability, & Nourishment)  (Read 124 times)


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There are various factors when it comes to libido, all of which need to be met when one is seeking to enhance their sex drive and optimize their love life.  Additionally, there are a number of catalysts which can do the opposite, many of which are relatively unknown by the public, but have a large influence none the less.  In this topic, I want to cover and go over what can both elevate, and reduce sex drive.  I only have a piece of the puzzle however, so please, share what you have learned as well, so we can all grow from the information and experiences we hold within.

First off, I want to mention the major players when it comes to sex drive.  These are, dopamine, testosterone, estrogen, nitric oxide, adrenaline, oxytocin, and the bad guy, prolactin.

Dopamine encourages desire, it is an essential ingredient for the initial spark, as well as the pleasure one experiences during sex.

Testosterone also encourages desire, in a dominant sort of way.  Testosterone is the major male hormone responsible for male sexuality.

Estrogen encourages desire too, but is more passive.  Estrogen is the major female hormone responsible for female sexuality.

Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, meaning it dilates blood vessels and is integral for erections, both of the penis and clitoris.

Adrenaline will either improve or constrict blood flow, depending on how the body utilizes it.  The adrenal receptors are more important here than adrenaline itself.

Oxytocin is the hormone of bonding, and is released during hugging, touching, and sexuality activity.  It is more cuddle based than the euphoric dopamine.

Prolactin is an anaphrodisiac, it shuts down sex drive, quite prominently in man.  This molecule is released after male ejaculation, and can inhibit erections by way of reducing dopamine levels.  More dopamine = less prolactin.  More prolactin = less dopamine.  Opioids also greatly increase the levels of prolactin, shutting down sex drive with prolonged use.


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Great idea Akosi, here is a summary of what I know the subject:

Desire, which is linked to dopamine and testosterone, blood flow, which is linked to nitric oxide and adrenal function, and of course nourishment, which is linked to diet, and can be enhanced by certain tonic herbs.

Catuaba and Muira puama are my go to for desire, as they work quite effectively through enhancing dopamine activity, however this is not enough for all, meaning that hormones should also be supported, herbs such as Tribulus, Ginseng, Rehmannia, and Luzea all fit the bill here.

Next we come to blood flow, the idea here is to encourage the dilation of blood vessels, this helps with erections and in general physical arousal. Yohimbe, low dose is excellent for men here, but too much can be anxiety causing. Ginseng and Horny goat weed work here fairly well too, and do not cause the same anxiety side effects as Yohimbe. Yohimbe is a take it before you go type of herb, while Ginseng and Horny goat weed are the take daily sort of herbs.

Finally, we hit nourishment, the top choices here are Maca, Rehmannia, Fo-ti, Bee pollen, and Nettle root. For women, Shatavari is also recommended, and supports moistening of various tissues. These herbs, as nourishing tonics, are all recommended for daily use.

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