IMPOTENCE

2010

The testicle-suggesting tubers of EARLY PURPLE ORCHID would ensure that Salep, a preparation made from them, enjoyed a reputation for curing impotence. Salep, which has medicinal value, was extremely popular, particularly in eastern countries, for the purpose. It was treated as an aphrodisiac. ANISE was used as a Greek cure for the condition; ointments were made of the root of narcissus mixed with the seeds of anise or nettles. The early Persian and Arabian doctors prescribed GINGER for impotence, ‘hot’ making the reason fairly obvious, and SESAME seed, blended with crow’s gall, made an embrocation for impotence.