The Sultan’s Sex Potions
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi
Arab Aphrodisiacs in the Middle Ages
This work was written by Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201–1274), one of the leading scientists of the age, and is part of a group of works devoted to aphrodisiacs as well as sexual practices and positions. Sober and measured in tone, the treatise was intended as a manual and guide, to be used by those afflicted with various sexual ailments, especially impotence, for self-healing, without resorting to a physician. It was composed at the request of the ruler.