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On our English pages, you often see the word "relationships". This is just sanitized language. On our English pages, "relationships" refers to what couples, when not sleeping, do in bed. Or, if so inclined, on the kitchen table.

English is a rather hypocritical language. Many words for natural bodily functions and processes have dirty connotations, and polite speakers like us have to go to considerable length to communicate meanings without naming them. But we nevertheless hope you get the point.


Powerful testosterone boosters can have profound effects on some individuals


By Serge Kreutz



Tongkat ali and butea superba are both testosterone boosters. As such they also elevate dopamine, an important brain neurotransmitter.



On some people, such substances can have profound effects, and some people may even be allergic.

I myself sell the tongkat ali and butea superba extracts of Sumatra Pasak Bumi (tongkatali.org). They have an excellent safety record, with no known major adverse event. If it would be different, I would not sell them.

Nevertheless, I can only advise people to be careful. Of any supplement you buy, professional conventional wisdom is that you take a minimal dosage first as an allergy test.

A minimal dosage could be a quarter of a tablet of which you are advised to take two twice a day.

Allergic reactions are unpredictable, especially for plant extracts, or, more scientifically, phytochemicals.



I know people who are allergic to bananas, and I know people who are allergic to sauerkraut, and people who are allergic to citrus food.

A classic allergic reaction is fast. It often involves the release of histamine, which causes visible symptoms like a runny nose or watery eyes. But a wide array of other fast reactions is possible.



Many pharmaceuticals cause allergic reactions, and the same tendency exists for natural phytochemicals. Be smart... do an allergy test with about as little a quantity as a pinch of salt that you would sprinkle over a fried egg. If you are allergic in a classical sense, you will feel it quickly. And if you are not allergic, simply nothing will happen.

A profound reaction is different from an allergic reaction. Some medications and botanicals are tolerated well by some people, and have extreme effects on others. That's how different we all are.

I myself tolerate tongkat ali and butea superba well. I have a very low tolerance for yohimbe. Even a quarter of a single yohimbe capsule causes me a worrisome tachycardia, and I will not be able to sleep for more than 30 hours after ingesting such a small dosage of yohimbe. But two of my friends sleep just normal after more than double standard dosages (4 yohimbe capsules). They can take ten times more than me, and are not punished with any ill effects.


References:

Ando T, Kashiwakura JI, Itoh-Nagato N, Yamashita H, Baba M, Kawakami Y, Tsai SH, Inagaki N, Takeda K, Iwata T, Shimojo N, Fujisawa T, Nagao M, Matsumoto K, Kawakami Y, Kawakami T. (2017) Histamine-releasing factor enhances food allergy. Journal of Clinical Investigation, Volume 127 Issue 12 Pages:4541-4553 Tongkatali.org Bibliography

Chinthrajah, R.A., Hernandez, J.D., Boyd, S., Galli, S.J., Nadeau, J.C (2016) Molecular and cellular mechanisms of food allergy and food tolerance. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 137, Issue 4, Pages 984-997 Tongkatali.org Bibliography

Church M.K. (2017) Allergy, Histamine and Antihistamines. Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, Volume 241 Pages:321-331. Tongkatali.org Bibliography

Hattori, Yuichi, Seifert, Roland (2017) Histamine and Histamine Receptors in Health and Disease. Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology Springer Retrieved from: Tongkatali.org Bibliography

Sicherer, H.S., Sampson, H.A. (2018) Food allergy: A review and update on epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and management. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 141, Issue 1, Pages 41-58 Tongkatali.org Bibliography




Tongkat ali, dopamine, and eternal sexual desire, part 1


By Serge Kreutz


Natural Dopaminergic Research, 2019


L-dopa, mucuna pruriens, and dopamine agonists

Dopamine agonists have been around for many decades, and their pro-libido effect has been known for a long time. The assortment of dopamine agonists includes L-dopa, mucuna pruriens, bromocriptine, cabergoline, pergolide, pramipexole, lisuride, apomorphine, and a few more.



Dopamine agonists are used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Even after decades of attempts to come up with alternative regimens, the gold standard for raising dopamine in the brain is still L-dopa. As long as the desired treatment effects are achieved with L-dopa in conjunct with carbidopa (Sinemet, Pharmacopa, Atamet, Stalevo), physicians often do not see a necessity to add any of the other medications.



L-dopa occurs naturally in mucuna pruriens (velvet beans), and unlike what is the case for other Parkinson’s remedies, no prescription is needed for mucuna pruriens. Furthermore, if a mucuna pruriens extract is used, the carbidopa that is included with L-dopa Parkinson’s medications, can be avoided.

Carbidopa is added to L-dopa Parkinson’s medications to reduce the side effects of high dosages of L-dopa, but carbidopa also reduces the pro-libido effects. Thus, when one considers sexual enhancement with L-dopa, or any dopaminergic, L-dopa-containing mucuna pruriens should be the first choice.



The emphasis here is on "L-dopa-containing" because unfortunately, most mucuna pruriens supplements sold in healthfood stores in the US, or on Amazon, are a cheap Indian cultivar of mucuna pruriens which contains practically no L-dopa. The Indian mucuna pruriens was and is planted as animal feedstock, and was cultivated precisely to not contain any L-dopa because a high L-dopa percentage in mucuna pruriens preempts weight gain in lifestock (and humans, by the way). The best L-dopa-containing mucuna pruriens is wild-growing mucuna pruriens from forests in Thailand.



Among the Parkinson’s medications developed as alternatives to L-dopa, apomorphine (brand name: Uprima) was temporarily sold in Europe as a medication for erectile dysfunction. But that was wrong marketing. Dopamine agonists don’t work for erections like phosphodiesterase inhibitors. They work on libido. But who says that great sexual desire is less relevant than erections?



Uprima was a disappointment for men whose erection problems are vascular. But Uprima was sold as a medication for erectile dysfunction (at an exorbitant price) because erectile dysfunction is an accepted medical condition, but low libido is not.

While phosphodiesterase inhibitors like sildenafil citrate, or the natural alternative kaempferia parviflora, and yohimbine work on erections, and while elevating testosterone levels is of an unpredictable, questionable pro-sexual nature, dopamine agonists, including mucuna pruriens, can enhance both sexual excitement and orgasmic intensity reliably.



Because dopamine agonists suppress the hormone prolactin, which in turn suppresses testosterone, dopamine agonists can, in people with elevated prolactin levels, function in the same way as a testosterone replacement therapy would. This mostly happens in patients with pituitary cancer, which typically expresses itself in strongly elevated prolactin levels. Those afflicted by the disease have very low testosterone levels. Thus, for them, dopaminergic agents work as hormonal therapy.


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Tongkatali.org - Ideology: A materialistic perspective (if we understand the material causes for sweet love and outrageously good relationships, then we can engineer both of it)


By Serge Kreutz


Kreutz Ideology advocates a materialistic approach to understanding of the world. “Materialistic”, in this context, does not mean: driven by concerns for material benefit.

The materialism I refer to is a philosophical concept, built on the conviction that for everything that happens in the world, even in the realm of love and relationships, there is a cause in the material world, and this cause can maybe be investigated and maybe be understood. This is what science is about.

If causes have been investigated and understood, such causes can be reenacted, or created. This is when we take the step from science to technology, and engineering.

Science and technology are applicable to the emotion of missing a loved person no less than they are to bridging the Mississippi. Which is why the first series of articles I ever wrote on love and relationships was headlined “Engineering love”.

The opposite of philosophical materialism is philosophical idealism. Now, this idealism doesn’t refer to us being idealistic in that we try to build a better world, or, on a lower scale, a working long-term love relationship. Philosophical idealism refers to the idea that there is something outside the material world, on which the material world depends.

“Idealism is the doctrine that ideas, or thought, make up either the whole or an indispensable aspect of any full reality, so that a world of material objects containing no thought either could not exist as it is experienced, or would not be fully “real.” Idealism is often contrasted with materialism, both belonging to the class of monist as opposed to dualist or pluralist ontologies. (Note that this contrast between idealism and materialism has to do with the question of the nature of reality as such. It has nothing to do with advocating high moral standards, or the like.)”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idealism

I am not a philosophical idealist. I am a philosophical materialist. I understand that humans, though not all of them, can understand, to a certain degree, what happens in the world.

As they say: the proof of the pudding is in eating it. Or, the proof of our understanding is that we can make it. This applies equally to constructing bridges and to constructing optimal relationships of love and relationships.

However, there is an important twist to all of this. It is not just that, in as much as we understand the world, we can create it, but that, whether we understand the world or not, it always also creates us. When Darwin summarized the emerging knowledge on the origin of species, and when, subsequently, humans developed the knowledge of genetic engineering, it wasn’t just that we got better in shaping our world. Our new technologies also reflected back on us in no small dimension. Idealism took a major blow. And again, idealism will take another blow when medical science will have advanced to a stage, as it surely will, when in principle, it can afford humans an indefinite life span.

Alas, we are not quite there yet.

But regardless of when our technologies will have sufficiently evolved for this exciting prospect, the fact remains that it is our technologies, or (to use an older, and wider, designation) our modes of production that shape our opinions, and that only with sufficient cognition, we can see beyond this.

Just as our knowledge on the origin of species has important roots in 19th century philosophy, so does our understanding of the manner in which our modes of production reflect back on our minds.

The following is quoted from the preface of Karl Marx’ “A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy”, written in 1859:

“The general conclusion at which I arrived and which, once reached, became the guiding principle of my studies can be summarized as follows. In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness. The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.”

http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1859/critique-pol-economy/preface.htm

In the original German version, the above quote reads like this: “Das allgemeine Resultat, das sich mir ergab und, einmal gewonnen, meinen Studien zum Leitfaden diente, kann kurz so formuliert werden: In der gesellschaftlichen Produktion ihres Lebens gehen die Menschen bestimmte, notwendige, von ihrem Willen unabhaengige Verhaeltnisse ein, Produktionsverhaeltnisse, die einer bestimmten Entwicklungsstufe ihrer materiellen Produktivkraefte entsprechen. Die Gesamtheit dieser Produktionsverhaeltnisse bildet die oekonomische Struktur der Gesellschaft, die reale Basis, worauf sich ein juristischer und politischer Ueberbau erhebt und welcher bestimmte gesellschaftliche Bewuusstseinsformen entsprechen. Die Produktionsweise des materiellen Lebens bedingt den sozialen, politischen und geistigen Lebensprozess ueberhaupt. Es ist nicht das Bewusstsein der Menschen, das ihr Sein, sondern umgekehrt ihr gesellschaftliches Sein, das ihr Bewusstsein bestimmt.”

http://www.mlwerke.de/me/me13/me13_007.htm

You can read an explanation, written more than 70 years ago, through the following link:

Society and Mind in Marxian Philosophy

http://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/society-mind/ch01.htm

To conclude that our minds mirror our modes of production is good science. But there is an anachronism in Marx’ thought. If anyway the modes of production determine ideologies, then the interference of Communist revolutionaries would be obsolete.

But Marx himself was a child of his times, when socialism among intellectuals was a fashionable idea.

Furthermore, his analysis of everybody belonging to a social class, the interests of which are reflected in his consciousness and ideologies, had more appeal in the 19th century but is less applicable to the more pluralistic and globalized present times. Nevertheless, it remains true that while on a social level, everybody’s consciousness and ideology is a representation of the modes of production, this consciousness and ideology is, on an individual level, a representation, or simply a rationalization, of a person’s interests.

I myself, of course, cannot escape the fact that my own ideology, too, is a representation of both, current technologies and my individual interests. However, I have at least some awareness of this interdependence.


Tongkat ali for a healthy prostate and higher testosterone levels


By Serge Kreutz


Testosterone replacement therapy makes prostate cancer definitely worse, and it has even been suspected that testosterone replacement therapy may cause prostate cancer in the first place.

Even when a men suffers from a non-cancerous prostate enlargement (benign prostate hypertrophy) many physicians hesitate to prescribe testostetone patches.

So, how about tongkat ali? Anyway, numerous studies have shown that tongkat ali increases testosterone.

So, is there a danger that tongkat ali may worsen prostate conditions?

Surprisingly, the opposite seems to be true. While tongkat ali hasn't been processed yet into a prostate medication or a prostate cancer cure, a string of recent studies has shown the effectiveness of tongkat ali against cancer cells.

And human studies have shown promising results for a possible treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia.

And all of this in spite of tongkat ali causing elevated testosterone.



Yohimbe combined with bromocriptine or deprenyl


By Serge Kreutz


I have tried combining yohimbe with deprenyl and/or sildenafil citrate, as well as with arginine, and occasionally with bromocriptine. I tried these combinations over several weeks (though not every day).

Yohimbe plus bromocriptine

Bromocriptine in itself can have an effect on desire. However, with small doses, the effect wears off after just a few uses – and with larger dosages, nausea will eliminate any pro-relationships effect.

While nausea can be avoided when taking bromocriptine in very small dosages alone or with sildenafil citrate, the trick does not work when combining bromocriptine with yohimbe. When on yohimbe, I have never managed to avoid the nausea caused by adding bromocriptine. If nausea occurs when using bromocriptine alone, I can sometimes escape the discomfort by going to sleep. After ingesting bromocriptine with yohimbe I may get to sleep more easily than on yohimbe alone, but sleep quality is nowhere near what it would be without the yohimbe.

I do not recommend combining yohimbe with bromocriptine. And I do not recommend either alone. Both substances mess up relationships quality, and especially bromocriptine does damage to relationships parameters. This is in contrast to tongkat ali which improves long-term relationships health.

Yohimbe plus deprenyl

I have also tried deprenyl (selegeline, Jumex) with yohimbe. Deprenyl is a MAO inhibitor, and I had read that MAO inhibitors don’t go well with yohimbe, so I was careful with the dosages. I had previously tried deprenyl alone, and found it to have an amphetamine-like effect at dosages of more than 2.5 milligrams (half a standard Jumex tablet). I don’t feel the amphetamine-like effect anymore with up to 5 milligrams. But for me, deprenyl also detracts from the yohimbe when combined with it.

I have always found deprenyl’s pro-relationships effects overrated. It’s a dopaminergic substance, and dopamine is, to a certain extent, responsible for relationships desire. But dopamine overstimulation strongly interferes with erectile function and leads to a (reversible) shrinkage of the male organ. That’s why cocaine, and amphetamines may make you horny, but also make erections and orgasms more difficult to achieve.

Deprenyl is not as bad as amphetamine and methamphetamine in making erections more difficult. It may even be that a 25-year-old would not feel any erectile impediment. But for a man of about 50, the anti-erection effect is stronger than the pro-libido effect, unless there is a clear dopamine deficit (as with Parkinson’s patients).

One can counterbalance the anti-erection effect of deprenyl with a phosphodiesterase inhibitor. In fact, I have been told that drug users now regularly mix cocaine with sildenafil citrate to avoid shrinkage.

But why combine yohimbe and deprenyl when this is no better than yohimbe alone, and definitely worse than the combination of yohimbe with sildenafil citrate?

As deprenyl is an MAO inhibitor, it may possibly aggravate the negative side effects of yohimbe. Yohimbine is an alpha-2-receptor blocker; it frees systemic adrenaline and noradrenaline. Adrenaline and noradrenaline (epinephrine and norepinephrine) function as hormones and as neurotransmitters. The adrenaline and noradrenaline displaced by the yohimbe from alpha-2-receptors lead to mental agitation as well as increased heart rate.

This effect is countered by the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO), which breaks down adrenaline and noradrenaline, leading to relaxation after states of agitation. MAO inhibitors interfere with monoamine oxidase’s capability to deaminate and destroy adrenaline and noradrenaline. In combination with yohimbe, this means that the agitated state lasts until the yohimbine has cleared from the alpha-2-receptors. With unimpaired monoamine oxidase, the agitation caused by the displacement of adrenaline from alpha-2-receptors should be countered by the breakdown of free adrenaline and noradrenaline.

Combining deprenyl with yohimbe will likely prolong the negative side effects of yohimbe, such as heart palpitation, nervousness, and sleeplessness, while doing little or nothing to enhance the pro-relationships effects.

What we would really like with yohimbe is increased MAO activity, not diminished MAO activity, so we could go to sleep after having enjoyed yohimbe’s pro-relationships effects. Therefore, we don’t want deprenyl, but some sort of ‘anti-deprenyl’ .



Phytochemical and pharmacological activity mucuna pruriens.

Yadav, M.K., Upadhyay, P., Purohit, P., Pandey, B.

The plant Mucuna pruriens (Fabaceae) is an established herbal drug, widely known as “velvet bean,” a vigorous annual climbing legume originally from Southern China and Eastern India, where it was at one time widely cultivated as a green vegetable crop. It has been shown that its seeds are potentially of substantial medicinal importance. The ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda, traditionally used M. pruriens, even to treat such things as Parkinson’s disease. M. pruriens has been shown to have antiparkinson and neuroprotective effects, which may be related to its antioxidant activity and used for the management of male infertility, nervous disorders, and also as an aphrodisiac.

http://dx.doi.org/10.22377/ijgp.v11i02.916




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