Monday, May 09, 2011
Aphrodisiac : substances that increases sexual desire. Or in Malaysian slang : 'power' or 'ubat kuat'. From the ancient days until now many food or just about anything is reputed to be able to enhance your libido. Some are scientifically proven (more or less) but the rest are mainly bulls**t, having more of placebo effect on the user.
Some of the reputed aphrodisiac is simply ridiculous. The rhino horn is considered an aphrodisiac merely because of its resemblance to er, the male reproductive organ. The tiger's penis is considered an aphrodisiac because the tiger is supposedly virile and aggressive and eating its body parts will transfer its strength to the eater (which is ironic, because I read somewhere that tigers only mate for 15 SECONDS)
Almost every culture has its aphrodisiacs but I believe that us Malaysians tend to treat almost any exotic food as aphrodisiacs...perhaps because of our location smack in the middle of international trade routes since hundreds of years ago. Even if the substance/food has other medicinal benefits, we tend to emphasise on it's aphrodisiac quality. Take tongkat ali (eurycoma longifolia) for example. It has been proven to has anti-malarial, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial properties....but we still concentrate on its aphrodisiac properties! We eat dhab (Egyptian Mastigure lizard). While Western medicine uses leech for its anti-coagulant property, we use them as rubbing oil to enlarge you-know-what. And recently a man claims that termite queen is an aphrodisiac. The list goes on and on.
Oh well, that's us, while others went into the jungle and come out with potential cancer, cardiovascular or diabetic cure, we went into the jungle and came up with another aphrodisiac whether true or otherwise. Well what can I say, since some of us refer to their reproductive organ as 'weapon'?