By Christian Rätsch
The main entire consultant to the botany, pharmacology, cultural, ritual, and private use of erotically stimulating components from antiquity to the current day
• information the use, coaching, and dosage of greater than four hundred plant, animal, mineral, and artificial elements, either universal and unique, in addition to their botany, technological know-how, and felony prestige
• Explores the historic and current use of aphrodisiacs and their position in sexual practices, tradition, and artwork
• Richly illustrated all through with greater than 800 colour pictures
The end result of greater than 30 years of cultural, anthropological, and clinical study, this encyclopedia examines the botany, pharmacology, background, practise, dosage, and functional use of greater than four hundred erotically stimulating components from antiquity to the current day.
From crops and animals that improve fertility and virility, like celery, snails, or oysters, to ingredients 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’ wide fieldwork around the globe. Exploring person, medicinal, and formality use via historical and modern paintings, own money owed, and literature in addition to ayurvedic, tantric, shamanic, and eu folklore practices and up to date pharmacological examine, the authors examine the revolving cycle of recognition and condemnation of aphrodisiacs, the characteristics that incur the label of “aphrodisiac,” the function of brain and atmosphere, and the various methods aphrodisiacs stimulate desire--either bodily, throughout the senses and important organs, or mentally, via heightened wisdom and changed cognizance. This accomplished advisor finds those “remedies of the affection goddess” as holy treatments whose right use can assist reestablish concord with oneself, one’s associate, and the universe.