The sexual properties of so-called aphrodisiacs have been proclaimed forever. The big question, however, is whether or not these substances actually alter some biological aspect of sexual desire and/or functioning. Research has shown that much of the alteration is "in one's head." This is based on one's expectation of what the substance is going to do and these "aphrodisiacs" merely act as placebos. One might say "the most powerful aphrodisiac exists between our ears."
The book E for Ecstasy is discussed and many of its chapters summarized. This book is a comprehensive study of ecstasy and its effects. It states that though ecstasy is passionately proclaimed an aphrodisiac, it actually has the opposite effect on most users.
The article (and website) addresses the placebo effects and dangers of aphrodisiacs. It is a very informative article which includes a wide array of so-called aphrodisiacs.
Discusses the different folklore behind "aphrodisiacs." It emphasizes that effects are probably all in the users' minds.
The sale of aphrodisiacs was banned because of "considerable consumer fraud."
This article states which drugs and other substances, including "aphrodisiacs" which are being pulled from shelves. Many of these chemicals have been proven to be dangerous, or at least ineffective. Too much consumer fraud exists because of faulty produ cts.
Assesses placebo effects of aphrodisiacs
Discusses studies on dopaminergic, adrenergic, and serotonergic agents for aphrodisiac properties. Though some positive results were found, tests were lacking control for placebo effects and cognitive states of participants.
The article lists many substances claimed as aphrodisiacs, but also points out that experimentation with drugs or unfamiliar substances may be dangerous.