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There's Only One Aphrodisiac According To Science

We've all heard stories about aphrodisiacs, but is there any science behind them? Do aphrodisiacs really work?

Tough news for 1980s sex comedies: According to overwhelming scientific consensus, there is no such thing as a natural or chemical aphrodisiac. Spanish fly doesn't work, neither do any of those herbal remedies at the gas station, or any love potions cooked up by crazy aunties in Louisiana.

The simple truth is that human sexual arousal is triggered by a ridiculously complex chemical system that simply cannot be replicated in a pill, potion or food. Or cobra blood. Or ground tiger penis. There is, however, one organ that does have proven aphrodisiac qualities. Trace Dominguez tells you all about it in today's DNews report.

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Read More:

National Geographic: Do Aphrodisiacs Really Work?

Wired.com: Absurd Creature of the Week: The Spanish Fly Is Real, and It's Ridiculously Dangerous

The Journal Of Sexual Medicine: REVIEWS: Pathways of Sexual Desire