( Tunera diffusa, or
Diuretic, laxative, expectorant,
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.
Volatile oils, terpenes, tannin,
uncharacterized alkaloids, flavonoids, mucilaginous compounds,
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
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.
Use in appropriate doses as