Experts believe that aphrodisiacs can take its effect in two different ways; there are those that make sexual desire take its effect mentally, and there are those that make your sexual desire by affecting certain parts of your body.
The best example would be the increased blood flow of your reproductive organs to simulate the intense sexual feelings during a sexual intercourse, and also it has an effect of creating more sexual desire, but likewise, there are some things that can make the body produce more of the chemicals that are responsible for the increased sexual desire. Something that lowers in inhibiting the mind like alcoholic beverages, or any intoxicating substances can also allow or create a more desire to have sexual intercourse. There are times though that just through thinking can be how an aphrodisiac makes it appear to have worked. Check out my article at selfgrowth to learn more about aphrodisiacs.
Aside from aphrodisiac, there are also things that quell desire which is called anaphrodisiacs. According to research, there are some foods, herbs, and other supplements that stimulate the production of hormones or the chemicals that trigger the increase of libido and enhances the sexual desire in our body. What a lot of people do not know is whether those chemicals are being produced in higher quantity for people to have really noticeable differences. There is not much hard research in this area, though, but primarily libido is proven to be the one that is difficult to start a study on.
According to the Food and Drugs Authority, aphrodisiacs have no scientific basis and are just a thing of myth and beliefs, however, a lot of people including manufacturers believe that the effects are true coming from certain foods, herbs, or minerals that they intake.
Perhaps the historical reasoning on why would a lot of people believe that herbs, foods, and other things like rhino horn, and even Spanish fly can make a person sexually aroused. Also, the majority of aphrodisiac foods or substances resembles the reproductive organ of a male or a female which often made people think that it contains sexual powers that can boost their libido and please their partners.
Vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and even asparagus are all associated with aphrodisiacs, even if their chemical makeup shows no evidence that it does not improve the libido level of a person, but there are some possibilities that it can contribute to an improved sexual desire of a person if eaten regularly because of its health benefits and nutrients that you can get from it, however, the majority of aphrodisiacs are still associated with those that have resemblance of a sexual organ, but you are what you eat because people throughout the history turned aphrodisiac association with animals which are known to be virile and can be prolific reproducers which is why a lot of animals like rabbits, goats, and bulls, and even tigers are consumed by people who believe that it contains aphrodisiac effects because of its ability to reproduce quickly and prolifically. Most of the time, people consume not just the meat, but also the reproductive organs of these animals, even some parts of the body which are turned into essential oils, powder, and other ways which can be used to increase the sexual desire and improve the performance in lovemaking.