The aphrodisiac powers of ginger are backed by philosophy and scientific medical fact, but it has also gained a reputation through various myths and legends as well. In the stories of yore, ginger thrives on the thread of history and sympathetic magic and has often been credited with increasing lustful yearnings, stimulating sex drive, increasing sexual performance, and aiding in the feelings of love, lust and attraction. The history of ginger dates as far back as 500 B.C. in writings from the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Through this extensive history, the spice has been attributed with having positive physical affects on the sexual relationship. Aviceena, an Arab physician credited ginger with “increasing lustful yearnings.” Even Greek and Roman medical philosophers Discorides and Pliny in the first century A.D. agreed with the active aphrodisiac powers of the spice, concluding that it had a stimulating affect on the male sex organ. It is even mentioned in the Koran (circa 650 A.D.), the sacred writings of Islam, as being served at feasts in Paradise.