Most bizarre aphrodisiac
The endless assortment of bizarre concoctions has been contrived with the aim in order to restore failing sexual powers. From time to time, as we have seen, plants were used because of their physical likeness to the human genital organs. Pills have always been popular. But the most abnormal types of aphrodisiac are those involving an element of cannibalism. Everybody knows about using parts of non-human animals for increasing human potency (for example, a Chinese Emperor, kept a herd of fawn so he could drink their blood to increase his aged powers), but often it was thought to use parts of men and women for this purpose. Menstrual blood, placenta, and genitals have all been eaten to increase sexual daring, sperm was also popular. ("The sperm of mature young men should be mixed with the excrement of falcon or eagles and taken in pellet form.") Chinese eunuchs, seeking renascence of their lost sexual organs, would hopefully eat the warm brains of newly headless offenders.
Most famous Oriental aphrodisiac
In spite of the legendary essence of ginseng most of us in the world are more likely to have heard of the diverse uses to which opium has been put. This drug has in fact been used sanguine as an stimulant over the centuries. Even a little dose of opium is supposed by Orientals to provide about two hour of continuous sexual arousal - "assuring the desideratum of at least four thousand phallic stabs"; it is worth quoting further the poetic mention of the opium pill as it appears in Chin D'ing Pei
Take drop of this, set it upon you, then speed like a sandstorm to the nuptial bedroom The first meeting will leave you full of energy; The second, even stronger than before. Though twelve elegant pretty girls, all arrayed in incarnadine, wait your visit. Of course, you may enjoy each one, according to your fantasy - penis erection angle...
And so on and so forth - "Ten women in one night will be as one to you. Night promises to be unforgettable " Most thorough Chinese aphrodisiac recipe:
There are some very intricate formulae for ancient Chinese aphrodisiacs. A number of these, from the Tang Bao " Accumulation of Secret Prescriptions", are quoted by Eric Chou. One example will show here (for use in the spring)
1 fen = 0.36 grams
Fuling (underground fungus) - 4 fen
Chtang p'u (Acorus calamus) - 4 fen
Shan chu yu (plant) - 4 fen
K'u lou root (herb) - 4 fen
T'u ssu tzu (herb seeds) - 4 fen
Niu ch'i (herb) - 4 fen
Dry ti huang (Rebmannia) - 7 fen
Hsi hsin (wild ginger) - 4 fen
Fan feng (herb) - 4 fen
Shu yu (yam root) - 4 fen
Hsu tuan (herb) - 4 fen
The components of this prescription, as with other concoctions were to be ground down and made into pellet.
Dioscrides being handed a mandrake uprooted by a dog, which dies in the process. Some stimulants have been popular since the days of olden days. The plant “mandrake” is stated in the Old Testament and is still in use today. This plant (or madragora, mandragora officinarum) is a member of the potato family with a large dark-brown root and small red fruit. Mandrake contains the alkaloids atropine and scopolomine: in mild doses these are somnolent in larger doses they can kill! There were magical rules for harvesting the plant in old times.
One wise man noted that the plant roots had the form of human genitals - which explains, through the idea of benevolent magic, the supposed aphrodisiac effect. Cantharides, another ancient stimulant, was first mentioned by Aristotle: its active principle, cantharidin, is extracted from the dried and powdered bodies of the blister cockroach, a brown or blue creature found in southern Europe . Another ancient stimulant is ginseng, the "mystic plant of the Orient", made into pills by modern sex aid retailers and also into a wine. In the Far East today ginseng wine is called kaoling (as strong as vodka), with the roots of ginseng soaked in the keg for at least four years. Doctors recommending to take a small glass before going to bed.