Some information and truth about aphrodisiacs.
An aphrodisiac is any of the various forms of stimulation thought to arouse sexual excitement. Aphrodisiacs may be classified in two principal groups: 1) psychophysiological (visual, tactile, olfactory, aural) and 2) internal (stemming from food, alcoholic drinks, drugs, love potionsf, medical preparations).
Despite long-standing literary and popular interest in internal aphrodisiacs, almost no scientific studies of them have been made. Scientific research is limited occasional tests of drugs or hormones for the cure of male impotence. Most writings on the subject are little more than unscientific compilations of traditional or folklore material. Of the various foods to which aphrodisiac powers are traditionally attributed, fish, vegetables and spices have been the most popular throughout history. In none of these foods, however, have any chemical agents been identified that could affect a direct physiological reaction upon the genitourinary tract, and it must be concluded that the reputation of various supposedly erotic foods is based not upon fact upon folklore.
It has been suggested that man’s universally attribution of libidinous effects to certain foods originated in the ancient belief in the therapeutic efficacy of signatures: if an object resembled the genitalia, it possessed, so it was reasoned, sexual powers. Thus the legendary aphrodisiac powers of ginseng root and powdered rhinoceros horn.
With the exception of certain drugs such as alcohol or marijuana, which may lead to sexual excitation through un-inhibition, modern medical science recognizes a very limited number of aphrodisiacs. These are, principally, cantharides and yohimbine, both of which stimulate sexual arousal by irritating the urinary tract when excreted. Cantharides, or cantharidine, consists of the broken dried remains of the blister beetle. It has been a traditional sexual stimulant fed to male livestock to facilitate breeding. In humans the substance produces skin blisters on contact, and attempts to ingest it as an aphrodisiac are considered hazardous. Yohimbine is a crystalline alkaloid substance derived from the bark of the yohimbe tree found in central Africa, where it has been used for centuries to increase sexual powers. Although it has been promoted as an aphrodisiac, most investigators feel that any clinical change in sexual powers after its use is probably due to suggestion, because stimulatory effects are elicited only with toxic doses.
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A night out on the town was all Dennis had in mind. He wasn’t looking for a hookup or even a one-nightstand. But a few spins on the dance floor with Minako quickly lead to much more in her bedroom. And after just one steamy night the married woman decided that she wanted Dennis all to herself, permanently. Not wanting to fall into an escape-proof love trap with a married woman, Dennis succeeds in breaking away from Minako.
But his issue with Minako ends up being far from over when she’s found brutally murdered and the evidence points to him. Becoming the subject of an irresistibly huge and highly-publicized bounty imposed by Minako’s immensely wealthy husband, Tetsuya, Dennis spends an entire weekend trying to stay out of the clutches of ragtag bounty hunters while the city is nearly set ablaze.
He succeeds in clearing his name only to find his life in even graver danger. Someone is now trying to kill him. Who’s trying to kill him and why? And what’s the connection between the people who now want him dead and Minako’s murder?
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