This issue of
Citylife

Love Precepts

January, 2009

The ‘Growth Industry’

Website 40over40.com states that 40% of men over the age of 40 experience Erectile Dysfunction (ED). And 65% of men over 65 are prone to penile flaccidity. Author David Friedman dubs impotence as “a growth industry”.

The aforementioned statistics are relevant to Thailand – ‘Country for Old Men’ – where the expat population is predominantly men aged 40 plus.

Lifestyle

Medical doctors, yogis and practitioners of natural medicine agree that regular exercise, balanced lifestyle and healthy diet have a positive effect on sexual performance. Smokers have a 50% higher chance of impotence; as do alcoholics, workaholics and depressives.
A rich diet including red meat and alcohol stimulates sexual desire but impairs sexual performance.

Aphrodisiacs

The most common oral medications, known as Phosphodiesterase Type 5 (PDE5) Inhibitors, are Viagra (Pfizer), Levitra (Bayer/Glaxo-Smith Klein) and Cialis (Icos/Lilly). These drugs promote long-lasting erections, but they are not recommended for men with high blood pressure.

There are natural alternatives, notably from the doctrines of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine.

The most common TCM aphrodisiacs are Ginseng (Panax Ginseng), Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) and Lotus (Nelumbium Nucifera).

Dan Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, recommends garlic, foxgloves, pepper, oysters, pumpkin seeds for prostate health, cinnamon, licorice and angelica root for enhanced sexual performance.

Tantra

Tantra, which means ‘woven together’ in Sanskrit, is a yogic practice of sexual union.

Most teachers of tantra advocate seminal retention as a prerequisite for spiritual advancement, longevity and wellbeing. Taoists believe that ejaculation causes loss of prana energy (or life force).

Chinese Taoist master Mantak Chia founded Tao Gardens, the natural health spa and resort in Doi Saket, Chiang Mai. Mantak Chia has written several books about holistic health as well as pioneering genital massage treatments. The website address of Tao Gardens is Tao-garden.com.

Finally, consider the book, Kama Sutra, as a perfect gift for your partner. Your kindness may be reciprocated…
For further information about Phil Nicks and his latest book, [i]Love Entrepreneurs,[/i]
refer to his website at Philnicks.com.