Is Kava an aphrodisiac? There is still a discussion around this question. It is perhaps not a particularly fierce dispute, or one of those quarrels that eventually end in bed, but … Seriously though, this discussion is so fascinating because intimate, personal experiences are intertwined with clinical research and scientific analysis. Spice is also added by subtly erotic legends from the Pacific islands. So let’s get closer to answering this intriguing question.
In some pacific island cultures (especially Samoa), Kava has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac and stimulant. But how exactly does it work on our sexual drive? An accidental discovery is the reason for an in-depth research on this issue. In the first clinical study on Kava’s roots – aimed at another aspect, namely the effect of Methystine Pepper on anxiety relief – it was found that Kava intake increased sexual desire in women (University of Melbourne, 2013). While the researchers suggest that this is a mental “unlocking” effect rather than an aphrodisiac, they also suggest that further research is needed into this finding. What is the difference between the action of aphrodisiacs and – generally speaking – mental attitude, willingness to interact with another person, or an increasing readiness for a sexual intercourse?
What exactly is the famous “work-life balance”? Practical principle, real goal or ideal? This phenomenon escapes definitions and pigeonholing. It’s also like a repeated mantra. You can hear about it both at corporate training and after hours, for example watching TV series (isn’t Friends one big story about daily breaks from work?). It’s both a measure of professional success and personal happiness. And for a long time it seemed to be perfectly universal. Eternal. Can’t be changed. But something between “work” and “life” has changed. The balance point on the scale has moved.
More and more often we wonder whether the work-life distinction will serve us. At first glance, everything seems simple: at work, we forget about (other) life, then we forget about work, switch off and focus on the “right” life.