Boost your libido with these commonly found aphrodisiacs around Asia.
It’s no news that foods are fuel for your body. But did you know aphrodisiac foods can, over time, boost your mental and physical well-being? Yep, we’re talking setting the mood for private, sexy time.
What are aphrodisiacs?
According to Healthline, aphrodisiacs are “food[s] or drug[s] that arouses sexual instinct, brings on desire, or increases sexual pleasure or performance.” When it comes to boosting libido, pharmaceutical drugs scatter the industry, but same may prefer natural alternatives instead. Consider these natural options that are popular around the region.
*Disclaimer: If you’re thinking of trying an aphrodisiac, please consult your doctor before taking the first step.
Natural aphrodisiac foods
Believe it or not, the ultra-fragrant King of Fruits could make you rule in the bedroom. The Asians have long contended that eating durian makes you “heated up.” And there’s an old Indonesian saying: “When the durians fall down, the sarongs (traditional Indonesian ethnic wear) go up.”
2. Tongkat Ali (a.k.a. Longjack)
The root of this flowering plant is commonly used to make supplements for improving sexual virility, stamina, energy and blood circulation. Oh, and a fun fact: The flower also goes by the name “longjack.” ‘Nuff said.
The seductive red-gold threads of this Indian spice contains antioxidants including crocin, crocetin and safranal, which are powerful libido boosters. It’s even said that Alexander the Great added it to his rice and tea, Cleopatra bathed in it before meeting her lovers and the Romans sprinkled saffron on newlyweds’ beds. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us!
4. Epimedium (a.k.a. Horny Goat Weed)
Doubt not this herb that’s also called “Horny Goat Weed”. According to WedMD, this herb has been used as a traditional remedy to treat low libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, pain and other conditions in China for centuries.
One legend has it that a flock of goats became sexually excited whenever they fed on a particular patch of flowering plants. Of which goat herder eventually identified as Epimedium. Another claims that the plant was a favourite of a sexually hyperactive mythical creature which enjoyed one hundred orgasms a day.
Studies have shown that roots of red ginseng have treated erectile dysfunction and boosted sexual arousal in individuals. It’s said to work like Viagra by improving blood circulation to the nether regions. Fun fact: In Chinese, ginseng means “man root.”
Commonly used in Chinese herbal soups, this sexual potentiator increases the male libido by increasing blood circulation. Cordyceps are also said to help aid erection, as well as improve sperm’s mobility. Some studies show it’s beneficial in females with infertility issues, too.
Formed under the rocks of the Himalayan mountains in India and Nepal, this sacred sticky night-black tar is essentially compacted biologically active minerals from millions of years of prehistoric plant matter. That probably explains why Shilajit is commonly used in ayurvedic medicine. Little wonder it gives you legendary stamina in the bedroom.
Originally by Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul and Pinky Chng, February 2017 / Last updated by Willaine G. Tan