That’s why you’re here.” Fourteen-year-old Eva* thought she was being punished for disobeying her parents.That was what she was told by those who had trafficked her to work in the Peruvian sex trade.Researchers are looking at how it may help men and women with low libido.Some studies suggest it may improve semen quality, relieve symptoms of menopause, and reduce enlarged prostates.But scientific evidence on its effectiveness is limited.There are only a few randomized control studies showing some benefit.Maca, the Peruvian herb, generates lots of buzz about its reputed ability to boost libido.It is revered in the ancient Incan culture for its many medicinal purposes.
The Spanish conquistadors Francisco Pizarro (c.1475–1541) and Diego de Almagro (1475–1538) received news of a mighty and rich empire lying just south of the present territory of Central America.
According to folk belief, it is a plant known for its legendary ability to deliver energy and mental clarity and enhance sex drive for more than 2,000 years.
Maca is an herb with plenty of anecdotal information about its usefulness passed down from generation to generation.
A few animal studies have found maca is an aphrodisiac, but major studies are lacking on humans.
A review of maca in the journal Current Sexual Health Reports concluded "there is no strong medical evidence to support its use for female sexual dysfunction." Georgetown University Medical Center professor Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, says, "Maca might have a positive effect on sexual dysfunction.