The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices

The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices

Christian Rätsch


the main finished consultant to the botany, pharmacology, cultural, ritual, and private use of erotically stimulating ingredients from antiquity to the current day

• info the use, guidance, and dosage of greater than four hundred plant, animal, mineral, and artificial ingredients, either universal and unique, in addition to their botany, technology, and criminal prestige

• Explores the historic and current use of aphrodisiacs and their position in sexual practices, tradition, and paintings

• Richly illustrated all through with greater than 800 colour pictures

The end result of greater than 30 years of cultural, anthropological, and medical examine, this encyclopedia examines the botany, pharmacology, historical past, coaching, dosage, and useful use of greater than four hundred erotically stimulating ingredients from antiquity to the current day.

From crops and animals that improve fertility and virility, like celery, snails, or oysters, to elements that result in arousal, like ephedra, opium, or hashish, the encyclopedia is richly illustrated with greater than 800 colour photographs--many of that are from the authors’ large fieldwork world wide. Exploring person, medicinal, and formality use via historical and modern paintings, own debts, and literature in addition to ayurvedic, tantric, shamanic, and ecu folklore practices and up to date pharmacological learn, the authors examine the revolving cycle of reputation and condemnation of aphrodisiacs, the features that incur the label of “aphrodisiac,” the position of brain and environment, and different methods aphrodisiacs stimulate desire--either bodily, throughout the senses and important organs, or mentally, via heightened knowledge and changed realization. This complete consultant finds those “remedies of the affection goddess” as holy treatments whose right use may also help reestablish concord with oneself, one’s associate, and the universe.

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