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Damiana

( Tunera diffusa, or aphrodisiaca )

 

Family

Turneraceae

 

Synonyms

Mizib-coc

 

Character

Diuretic, laxative, expectorant, blood purifier

 

Description

Damiana is a small, aromatic shrub native to areas of Mexico and South America. it produces yellow-brown leaves which give off a very distinctive fragrance. The ancient Aztecs used damiana as an aphrodisiac.

 

Phytochemistry

Volatile oils, terpenes, tannin, uncharacterized alkaloids, flavonoids, mucilaginous compounds, polysaccharides, gum

 

Traditional rain forest use

Primarily used for treating female disorders, damiana is considered a sexual restorative and aphrodisiac ( although no scientific data supports this particular application ). It has been used as a remedy for menopause and reproductive system tonic. It is also considered a central nervous system stimulant.

 

Modern medicinal applications

Damiana is used as an aphrodisiac as well as to treat bronchitis, depression, emphysema, fatigue, female problems, hormonal imbalances, infertility, impotence, menopause, mood swings, Parkinson's disease, PMS, prostate disorders, and sexual dysfunction.

 

Authentication

Damiana has been used as a "stimulating nervine" to treat depression. It has also been used in cases of chronic fatigue and mental exhaustion. Damiana contains beta-sitosterol, a compound " ... that could have some stimulant effect on the sexual apparatus or could help build sexual health and reproductivity". It is recommended in formulas with herbs such as ginseng, suma, sarsaparilla and saw palmetto. Damiana is useful for both female and male infertility.

 

Safety

Use in appropriate doses as directed.

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