8 Chinese Aphrodisiacs to Help You Get it On

By Ned Kelly, February 14, 2020

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According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, sexual dysfunctions generally originate from not having enough yang in your life. The best way to treat the problem is to take strengthening tonics and supplements that target the kidneys and liver, where our energy comes from. Here are a few ways to get your qi juices flowing. 

1. Ginseng (参)


Perhaps one of the more famous revitalization tools of the lot, Chinese have long treasured this root for its mystical powers. Some say it’s the human shape that makes it particularly good for our bodies. We don’t buy that, but we do hear that ginseng relaxes muscles and improves blood flow to… vital areas. The most expensive stuff in the world is collected wild from deep within Dongbei Province. Over-harvesting has led to its rarity, and a single root can go for as much as RMB18,000. 

2. Horny Goat Weed (淫羊藿)

Horny Goat Weed

With a name like that, need we say more? Legend has it that 2,000 years ago, a Chinese farmer tending his herd of goats noticed the flock seemed more inclined to proliferate after feeding on this herb. It didn’t take long for him to investigate and TCM doctors now say that, when imbibed in a fortifying tonic, this randy plant not only increases libido in men and women, it can also help gentlemen with any plumbing issues they might be experiencing. Bottoms up!

3. Fo-ti/He Shou Wu (何首乌)

Fo-ti/He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu, which translates to 'black-haired Mr. He,' refers to yet another tale of a man who found the secret to restored youth and vigor. The story says that old villager Mr. He took fo-ti and not only got his groove back, but also experienced a return of his lush black hair and youthful smooth skin. TCM doctors today say that He Shou Wu increases fertility, and can also help clear your arteries. Imagine that from your morning cup of tea! Results may vary.

4. Toad venom (蟾酥)

Toad venom

Made from the dried white skin secretions from toads of the Bufo genus, it’s safe to say that the idea of 'licking toads' originated from TCM medicine. But far from the psychedelic high that parents are paranoid about, TCM says this agent should be applied topically, which numbs the man's member helping them last a little longer. That said, the stimulant was brought to the attention of the mass media in the West when two men in New York City died from consuming little blocks of the stuff and experienced irregular heart palpitations. Western doctors then banned it.

5. Cordyceps (冬虫夏草)


The first reference of this fantastic fungus in China is found in The Classic Herbal of the Divine Plowman, a book written in 200 AD. An incredibly rare species, the best of which is found only deep in the highlands of Tibet and Southwest China, Cordyceps is actually an invasive fungus which plants itself in Tibetan silkworms. As it grows, the spores overwhelm the animal, kill it, and sprout from its dead carcass. As one might expect from such a persistent brute, the tonic made from Cordyceps is said to significantly improve vitality, stamina and testosterone production. Eating it can be more expensive than consuming gold. The best stuff runs for around RMB200,000/kg. 

6. Penises 

TCM penis

If you’ve got problems with yours, eat another animal’s. That’s how the thinking goes. While a tiger’s member is still thought to give men the most vim and vigor, it’s obviously very rare… and very illegal. Morally sound men will have to make do with the dongs of other powerful animals. The disco stick of an ox, thrown into a fortifying soup, is sure to make you 'strong like bull,' while deer penis pickled in wine or powdered up and sprinkled over your cereal could be just the potion for your potency. 

7. Birds nest 

Birds Nest

Made by the spit and toil of a bird called the cave swift, these nests are harvested and sold for sky high prices. It seems the saliva of these speedy birdies are incredibly rich in nutrients and can, among other things, improve skin tone, aid digestion, improve cognitive abilities and – you guessed it – raise the libido. However, mass demand for this gelatinous delicacy is so great that harvesters have become a little over zealous, often dumping little swiftlets to their death in their eagerness to meet quotas. 

8. Deer antler velvet (lu rong)

Deer antler velvet

The poor deer seem to play host to a lot of stimulating dainties. In Hunan Province, a silk scroll was recovered from nearly 3,000 years ago listing 52 different diseases that deer antler velvet can cure, which are considered one of the strongest male 'yang' enhancers. In short, take this in a tonic and sexual dysfunctions be gone! Women take deer velvet for infertility issues. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the deer horn or skin that’s used, but rather a spongy material in between bone and skin which helps antlers grow at a rapid pace in the spring. Go figure. 

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