Aphrodisiacs are substances that supposedly enhance erotic perceptions and sexual performance. In virtually all societies, people have sought such agents and have attributed magical or powerful properties to unusual substances, like ground rhinoceros horn. It is controversial whether any single substance has singular and specific effects in enhancing sexual arousal and orgasm. Whether the effect is real, minimal or nonexistent may well be a self-fulfilling prophesy. An agent that effectively stimulates sexual interest and response is not the same as an agent that non-specifically lessens inhibitions. An example is alcohol which is probably the most available mind-altering agent and is often reported to lessen inhibitions and enhance sexual feelings. The assumption is that alcohol is relatively safe yet it affects people in different ways, with individuals having different tolerances.

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Dr. Martha Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. For more, visit www.eroscoaching.com or email drmarthalee@eroscoaching.com.