Damiana contains chemical substances that help with reducing anxiety,
stress and creating
a euphoric "high" state. As well, animal and human
studies show that it can help with erectile dysfunction and
reputation is on its ability to act as an aphrodisiac both in men and
women. Combination herbal supplements marketed as an aphrodisiac often
contains other natural supplements such as yohimbe
catuaba, horny goat weed
(epimedium), maca, ginkgo, L-arginine,
ginseng, muira puama, tribulus terrestris,
and vitamins and minerals.
studies on the herb have been conducted in rats with positive results.
There are no human studies on the herb by itself, however studies on
one supplement ArginMax (containing ginseng, ginkgo, damiana,
L-arginine, multivitamins and minerals) showed positive results.
as an aphrodisiac and
for treating erectile
contain multiple ingredients such as yohimbe
horny goat weed
(epimedium), maca, ginkgo, L-arginine, ginseng, muira
and vitamins and minerals.
Historically, people have smoked damiana to get a "high" similar to
smoking marijuana and this practice is continued up to today.
This is a quick summary. For full details see the article entitled Benefits of Damiana.
Dysfunction (ED) / Impotence
/ Increase Libido in
||Anxiety / Stress
for Marijuana (Smoking Damiana)
Facts on Damiana
is this herb?
It is an aromatic shrub that can be found growing in
Mexico, Texas and Central America.
the plant contains more than 35 compounds including alkaloids,
cyanogenic glycosides, steroids, saponins, flavonoids, tannins,
carbohydrates, and proteins. Some of the chemicals it contain are known
to be psychoactive (affects the mind) and can create a sense of
well-being and a euphoric state.
are some other names for this?
Aphrodisiaca, Mexican Damiana, Turnera diffusa, Old Woman's Broom,
Herba de la Pastora, Turnerae diffusae folium
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- dysentery (gastrointestinal condition)
- increased physical performance
- memory enhancement
- sexual dysfunction
- urinary tract infection
Topically (on the skin)
- euphoria (to induce a hallucinogenic / "high"
- marijuana substitute
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
studies done on humans using products containing the herb (plus other
natural remedies) revealed minor side effects such as insomnia
headaches. Higher doses may cause mild diarrhea.
In one study a single dose of 200 grams caused
Studies done on human subjects in multi-ingredient
supplements showed no significant side effects.
- In the US, FDA has given the herb a Generally Recognized As Safe
(GRAS) status. No safety concerns were reported on research studies
done on humans using this herb.
Pregnancy & Lactation -
There's no study to show whether this supplement is harmful or safe to
use during pregnancy.
Drug & Health Condition Interactions
Diabetes / Anti-diabetic Medications
are mixed results in how the herb might affect blood sugar levels in
animals. One studies showed that it decreased blood sugar levels and
another showed no effect or an increase in blood sugar levels.
As there are no
studies done on humans with
diabetes, monitor blood sugar levels closely when starting or stopping
& How to Take It
herb comes as a tincture, capsules (tablets), powder or tea.
dosage by experts includes 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) taken up to three
times daily. As a powdered herb tea leaves use 18 grams in 500 mL of
water taken up to three times daily.
As a capsule, take 400 to 800 mg
capsules up to three times daily.
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