It defines anaphrodisiac to the antiaphrodisiacs, that is, to those substances that, due to their composition, achieve eradicate or reduce sexual desire. It may be, for example, a bromide or a hypnotic ingredient.
The term aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite, name by which even today the Greek feminine divinity is recognized that is associated with love, fertility and spring energy. Nowadays, substances are called in this way that, either due to real tests or popular beliefs, incite and increase sexual desire.
Unlike anaphrodisiacs, there are foods and plants that promote arousal. In some cases it works by sensual association, with phallic symbols As the cucumber wave banana (fruit also known as plantain) or with vaginal symbols like the clams waves oysters.
Other substances are considered aphrodisiacs because they have the ability to generate congestion and itching of the vaginal mucosa, which is confused with sexual arousal. These products can be ingested, as is the case with boric acid, or rubbed on the genitals, use that some people give to the ginger Yet the mustard.
It is also often spoken of centrally acting substances when it comes to options that are taken into account as tools to achieve an uninhibited state, as occurs with certain medicines, certain hormones waves alcoholic drinks. The chocolate, for its part, it has central level xanthines that act as neurotransmitters that stimulate arousal.
Finally, it should be mentioned that there are substances that produce excitement by analogous ways to sexual ones, such as perfumes and the fragrances.
An anaphrodisiac, therefore, will have opposite effects to those caused by all these substances mentioned above since, instead of provoking desire, it inhibits it or can even make it disappear.
The effect that anaphrodisiacs have on an organism is inhibit libido and desire and it can be caused by certain foods, excess nicotine or alcohol in the blood, consequence of a high dose of cocaine or heroin; also the consumption of certain antidepressants (such as lithium) can collaborate with this reaction. But it can also be the product of some internal process, totally uprooted from the type of diet or habits, such as a situation of stress, fear, or anxiety. A man’s overexcitement can also function as an anaphrodisiac for his partner.
Around these compounds there have been many beliefs, some based on science, others only based on tradition and popular beliefs. A 16th century doctor from Spain, Andrés de Laguna, claimed that the water lily flower and root they were capable of repressing and stopping venereal dreams and in a daily consumption could make sexual desires disappear in a man.
Other anaphrodisiacs are lettuce, which stops dreams and represses the desire to fornicate, as Dioscorides said; the acetylsalicylic acid (present in aspirin), which eliminates cravings by acting as a sedative; and the hop (present in lupulin), which also has sleeping and sedative effects. It should be noted that in the Middle Ages hops were used to calm sexual overexcitement in boys.
It is important to remember that desire is generates in our brainAccording to the ability to flow and concentrate on the pleasure and sensations it allows, the success of the sexual act will be greater or lesser. The mind is the axis where our actions begin and end, as well as it can be responsible for allow ourselves moments of intense pleasure, can also be the best boycotter of the sexual act. Especially when he is under the effect of certain substances, or is engaged in reinforce emotions of fear, anxiety, or distress. Keeping in mind those causes that can lead to a decrease or total inhibition of desire, could help us feel more complete with ourselves.