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Christian Rätsch; Claudia Müller-Ebeling

Christian Rätsch; Claudia Müller-Ebeling The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs : Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices (Hardcover)

Christian Rätsch; Claudia Müller-Ebeling The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs : Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices (Hardcover)

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Translation of: Lexikon der Liebesmittel. The most comprehensive guide to the botany, pharmacology, cultural, ritual, and personal use of erotically stimulating substances from antiquity to the present day

- Details the use, preparation, and dosage of more than 400 plant, animal, mineral, and synthetic substances, both common and exotic, as well as their botany, science, and legal status

- Explores the historical and present use of aphrodisiacs and their role in sexual practices, culture, and art

- Richly illustrated throughout with more than 800 color photographs

The culmination of more than 30 years of cultural, anthropological, and scientific research, this encyclopedia examines the botany, pharmacology, history, preparation, dosage, and practical use of more than 400 erotically stimulating substances from antiquity to the present day.

From plants and animals that enhance fertility and virility, like celery, snails, or oysters, to substances that induce arousal, like ephedra, opium, or cannabis, the encyclopedia is richly illustrated with more than 800 color photographs--many of which are from the authors' extensive fieldwork around the world. Exploring individual, medicinal, and ritual use through historic and contemporary artwork, personal accounts, and literature as well as ayurvedic, tantric, shamanic, and European folklore practices and recent pharmacological research, the authors look at the revolving cycle of acceptance and condemnation of aphrodisiacs, the qualities that incur the label of "aphrodisiac," the role of mind and setting, and the different ways aphrodisiacs stimulate desire--either physically, through the senses and vital organs, or mentally, through heightened awareness and altered consciousness. This comprehensive guide reveals these "remedies of the love goddess" as holy remedies whose proper use can help reestablish harmony with oneself, one's partner, and the universe. • Author: Christian Rätsch,Claudia Müller-Ebeling • ISBN:9781594771699 • Format:Hardcover • Publication Date:2013-02-03

Specifications

Language

English

Publisher

Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

Book Format

Hardcover

Original Languages

English

Number of Pages

736

Author

Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling

Title

The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs

ISBN-13

9781594771699

Publication Date

February, 2013

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

11.20 x 8.80 x 1.50 Inches

ISBN-10

1594771693

SKU: WA16215348

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