Damiana Turnera diffusa
- Common Names
- Botanical Name
- Turnera diffusa
- Syn. Turnera diffusa Willd. ex Schult. var. aphrodisiaca
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Damiana
How to Use| Side Effects | Plant & Garden| Folklore
- Medicinal Uses: * Aphrodisiac
- Properties: * Aphrodisiac * Astringent * Bitter * Nervine * Stimulant * Tonic
- Parts Used: Leaf
- Constituents: leaves: greenish volatile oil consisting of cineole, p-cymene, alpha- and beta-pinene, thymol, alpha-copaene, and calamene. the dry matter of the leaf includes damianin as well as tannins, flavonoids, beta-sitosterol, and the glycosides gonzalitosin, arbu
How to Use: Damiana
Damiana is used primarily as an aphrodisiac for both sexes 1, and as a stimulant that can boost mental focus and stamina.
The health benefits of damiana are for the most part only verified by folklore and long observation, not by scientific study, however chemical analysis shows that damiana contains alkaloids similar to caffeine that have stimulating and aphrodisiac effects, stimulating blood flow to the genital area and increasing sensitivity. Some people report feelings of mild euphoria. Damiana is often combined with saw palmetto in formulas that address male prostate health. 2
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Liquid extracts, encapsulated powder,and most often medicinal herbal teas. Damiana leaf tea is bitter, and is often blended with sweeter herbs.
Damiana Side Effects: Damiana leaf tea may lower blood sugars, but tinctures do not. Since one of the traditional uses of the damiana herb was to induce abortion, it should be avoided in pregnancy.
Damiana is a small shrub native to Mexico, South America, and Texas. It has smooth pale green leaves, yellow flowers and can be found growing in dry, sandy, or rocky places.
Regional Traditions :Central and South America *
History and Traditions & FolkloreIn Mexico it was first used primarily by women, who drank damiana tea prior to lovemaking. The Mayans and Aztecs used it as a sexual stimulant and as a treatment for respiratory disorders.
Damiana was sometimes burned ceremoniously to enable participants to "see visions". For thousands of years, Latin American cultures have ritualistically used Damiana as a sexual stimulant.
- The Commission E Monographs
"Damiana leaf and herb".
(Published March 2, 1989)
Damiana preparations are used as an aphrodisiac, for prophylaxis and treatment of sexual disturbances, for strengthening and stimulation during exertion (overwork), also for boosting and maintaining mental and physical capacity.The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not verified.
- Nickell, Nancy L. "Nature's Aphrodisiacs", Crossing Press (1999)