SOME men will swear by the powers of mixes like Irish moss and linseed, Magnum, roots, noni juice, sauciperrilla, various blends of Guinness, peanuts and oats to enrich their performance with their women. For many, the drinks are the driving force behind how well they perform in bed, and many won’t go a week without a hit off the bottle of herbs.
But Sex Therapist Dr Sidney McGill said the effects of many concoctions may merely be mind over matter, as there are just a few mixtures which do work in stimulating excitement.
“I believe it’s both,” McGill said when asked whether the results for men were all in the head. “Some of these juices raise the blood pressure and it’s not that it stimulates excitement, but it increases blood pressure and a number of other things, but I think mind over matter is a big, big part of it.”
Stanford Edwards from Stanford and Earl’s Juice Garden on Red Hills Road in St Andrew begs to disagree, stating that the ‘Green Juice’, one of the most popular juices he sells, has men coming back and declaring that their lives have changed.
“It is not a juice that boosts you up or anything like that,” Edwards said. “What this juice does is cleans the bloodstream and puts oxygen in the body. It makes you have a better sex drive because once blood can flow and flow properly, then a man is able to perform better. And so it doesn’t boost you up, but reconditions the body to its natural state like when you were younger.”
The green juice is made of sunflower seeds, flaxseed, oats, banana, cane juice and okra.
He said this concoction also cuts the fat while rejuvenating and cleaning the system.
For 42-year-old Gregory T, his special “love punch” consists of a mixture of Irish moss, linseed, oats, peanuts and Guinness.
He swears by the mixture, and said it is something he draws for at each encounter with a girl.
“When mi drink dat nothing can stop mi,” he bragged.
Anthony B said every week he purchases the green juice and can attest to the truth of its abilities.
It is definitely not no mind over matter thing,” he said. “After a hour or two you literally feel like something is running through your veins... the ingredients are of such that they really work.” In fact, Anthony said, after drinking the juice, which he likes to refer to as the “power punch”, if he waits too long before getting release, his body becomes super charged.
But 31-year old Christopher Forrest is yet to see the stars, even after being introduced to a special punch consisting of Irish moss, linseed, alcohol and peanuts.
“I drink it and it never make me feel any different,” Forrest said. “I believe it is a mind over matter thing. You always hear dem say belief kill and belief cure, well is so it go. I think it’s the alcohol in many of them that numbs you and gives you that nice feeling, so maybe that is the trick.”
It was much of the same for 25-year-old Kirk R, who has dubbed the whole herbal thing “superstition”.
“I have tried Magnum, Guinness, steam fish and okra before bed and not a thing was different,” he said. “Probably it’s a mindset thing. I believe it’s superstition. ‘Cause it really doesn’t work for me.”
General Practitioner Dr Orlando Thomas agreed with Dr McGill that there are some potions that work while others merely give off an effect similar to the psychosomatic effect in medicine.
“The truth is, most men who take these supplements have no problems generally with getting or maintaining an erection at all,” he explained. “For them taking something just helps to boost their confidence and they seem to get pleasure from that.”
Dr Thomas said those who do have ‘problems’ that the potions ‘fix’ usually may just be suffering from stress, tiredness, depression and various mental issues.
“For these men, taking anything that they believe will help does make a world of difference,” he said. “This is called the placebo effect. As they say, belief kills and belief cures.”
He explained that for those men who really have problems due to diseases like diabetes, vascular problems, prostate problems, or because of the effects of drugs, there are a number of natural things that do work, sometimes just as well as the drugs advertised on TV.
“The things that do work include sarsaparilla, neem, maca, just to name a few,” Dr Thomas said. “I have seen these things when used in the right way work wonders. Having said all that though, there is no better remedy than having a healthy diet which includes greens, nuts, fruits and seeds, avoiding smoking and drinking, exercising regularly, and very importantly, managing stress.”