Is Viagra an Aphrodisiac?

1107-14In a single work “No”. Viagra is not an aphrodisiac, and it is not meant to be used as an aphrodisiac. It is a prescription drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction or impotence in men.

Viagra does not increase sexual desire nor does it heighten sexual pleasure. It only improves sexual performance by helping the blood circulation to the male sexual organ. It helps to cause an erection, but does not cause it itself. Indirectly, Viagra does enhance sexual performance, but ultimately does not cause it. Aphrodisiacs on the other hand are substances that make a person feel and have sexual desires.

Generally speaking, aphrodisiacs are substances or drugs that encourage and heighten sexual desires. They help to heighten an orgasm and the sexual responsiveness between two people. In many ancient tribes substances like, belladonna, datura and henbane (all are plants) were used to heighten the sexual experience.

Presently Vitamin E, Ginseng, Yohimbe, Oysters, Mandrake plants and Chocolate are some of the foods and herbs used as aphrodisiacs by many. Medications and substances like L-Dopa and Pergolide Mesylate, used to treat Parkinson’s disease; Quaalude, Apomorphine, Nomifensine and Bupropion, anti-depressant drugs; Clomipiramine, Fluoxetine; and Chinese Chan Su also claim to have some aphrodisiac properties.

Although many researches and studies have been conducted on aphrodisiac substances and herbs, the FDA has yet to approve any drug as an aphrodisiac. More research is still needed to determine the effects and efficiency of aphrodisiacs on the human body. Take the case of Yohimbe, a well-known powerful aphrodisiac. Although scientific research has proven that this herb is a natural sexual stimulant, it has serious side effects. Some people have died taking these herbs and substances.

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