Bangalala (Eriosema cordatum)
Usage / Preparation
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Bangalala is a powerful aphrodisiac used in Zululand. Bangalala is sometimes referred to as "African Viagra" and is usually prescribed to men to enhance potency, however women are also known to use this powerful sexual tonic. Although there are many different plants sold as Bangalala, the roots of the Salacia species are the most prominent ingredient. Indigenous to KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique, Salacia roots and root extracts are locally sold on markets. The roots are either boiled in water and the decoction is imbibed, or they can be bought in powdered form and whisked into a milkshake. The packaging of the various local brands of Bangalala professes its love powers: "This once closely guarded secret of the Xhosa and Zulu witchdoctors is now available to all."
The packaging also declares it to be the most powerful tonic known to Muti practitioners, prescribed throughout Africa for centuries. Apparently you cannot overdose on it; according to most herbalists, if you overdo this love drug, it will simply upset your stomach.