Damiana

GENERAL INFO

Damiana is a Mexican shrub also found throughout the southern U.S. and many parts of South America. It has small, yellow-brown aromatic leaves. [1]
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Damiana is a small shrub that grows 1-2 m high and bears aromatic, serrate leaves that are 10-25 cm long. [8]
Damiana is a wild shrub found in Mexico, Central America and parts of South America. It is used as a diuretic, laxative, stimulant, aphrodisiac, and also to treat diabetes and venereal diseases. [9]
Damiana is an excellent assisting herb in formulas designed as aphrodisiacs, as mild stimulants, to increase energy or to reduce respiratory irritation. [3]
Indications : Damiana is an excellent strengthening remedy for the nervous system. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. Whilst this mayor may not be true, it has a definite tonic action on the central nervous andthe hormonal system. [10]
Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Essential oils produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors and tea. [11]
Indications: Damiana is an excellent strengthening remedy for the nervous system. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. Whilst this may or may not be true, it has a definite tonic action on the central nervous and the hormonal system. [8]
Abstract Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Essential oils produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors and tea. [13]
Damiana is a small shrub with an aromatic leaf found on dry, sunny, rocky hillsides in south Texas, Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. [14]
Indications: Damiana is an excellent strengthening remedy for the nervous system. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. Whilst this mayor may not be true, it has a definite tonic action on the central nervous andthe hormonal system. [8]
Damiana is a wild shrub prevalent in Mexico, Central America, and some regions of South America. It is used in traditional medicine as a diuretic, laxative, stimulant, aphrodisiac and for treating diabetes and venereal diseases. [9]
As a useful anti-depressant, Damiana is considered to be a specific in cases of anxiety and depression where there is a sexual factor. It may be used to strengthen the male sexual system." [8]
Damiana extracts have been shown, in a test tube, to weakly bind to progesterone receptors. 4 Thus, damiana may be a potentially useful herb for some female health problems. No human studies have investigated this possibility and it is not a primary traditional use. [4]
Damiana is also known as Turnera diffusa, Mexican damiana, old woman's broom, and herba de la pastora. [15]
Parts used and where grown: The leaves of damiana were originally used as medicine by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. [3]
The leaves of damiana were originally used as medicine by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. [4]
The leaves of damiana were originally used for medicinal purposes by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. It has been used for many years to improve the body's overall function including the relief of such symptoms as anxiety, asthma, poor circulation, colds/flu, constipation, depression, fatigue, headaches and nervousness. In some cases, this wonderful herb may also stimulate weight loss. [6]
The active constituents in damiana are: 0.5 - 1.0% volatile oil from which thymol, a-copaene, o-cadinene, and calamene have been isolated; a brown amorphous substance; damianin; resins; and gum. [16]
Damiana is used as a general tonic for the nervous, hormonal, and reproductive systems. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. [5]
In herbal medicine, damiana is used to treat conditions ranging from coughs to constipation to depression. The herbal supplement is reputed to help with energy, emphysema, low estrogen, frigidity, hot flashes, impotency, infertility, menopause, Parkinson's disease, PMS, inflammation of prostate, Lou Gehrig's disease, and more dealing with reproductive organs in both males and females. [7]
Suriname's traditional medicine Damiana is used for sexual debility (increases libido). Other applications are: as an antidepressant, nerve tonic, diuretic, prostate complaints, frigidity and cough-suppressant. [12]
The plant is said to exert a favorable influence on the spinal column, and some Mexican physicians employ it as a brain tonic. It is also prescribed in nephritis (kidney inflammation). In England and Germany, damiana is used for its aphrodisiac properties. In Holland, medical herbalist Steinmetz states that the herb is so esteemed not only for its sexual enhancing qualities, but also for "its excellent effect on the reproductive organs." [8]

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* The plant is said to exert a favorable influence on the spinal column, and some Mexican physicians employ it as a brain tonic.(More…)

* Historically, damiana has also been used to treat conditions as diverse as bedwetting, constipation, depression, and headaches.(More…)

* There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking damiana, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.(More…)

* Damiana Liqueur is a light herbal-based liqueur from Mexico.(More…)

* Some claim damiana tea has a relaxing effect not-unlike low doses of cannabis.(More…)

The plant is said to exert a favorable influence on the spinal column, and some Mexican physicians employ it as a brain tonic. It is also prescribed in nephritis (kidney inflammation). In England and Germany, damiana is used for its aphrodisiac properties. In Holland, medical herbalist Steinmetz states that the herb is so esteemed not only for its sexual enhancing qualities, but also for "its excellent effect on the reproductive organs." [8]

Most herbalists prefer to use damiana in combination with other medicinal plants; therefore, it can be found in quite a few herbal combination formulas for sexual potency, weight loss, depression, hormonal balancing, and overall tonics. [8] The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia cites indications for the use of damiana for "anxiety neurosis with a predominant sexual factor, depression, nervous dyspepsia, atonic constipation, and coital inadequacy." [8]

INDICATIONS AND USAGE Unproven Uses: Damiana preparations are used as an aphrodisiac and for prophylaxis and treatment of sexual disorders. [8] Only one clinical study has been conducted to validate the traditional use of the plant for sexual dysfunction and impotence. In 1999, a group of researchers in Italy administered damiana to both sexually potent and sexually sluggish (or impotent) rats. The extract had no effect on sexually potent rats but, in the others, it increased the percentage of rats achieving ejaculation and made them more sexually active. [8] A more recent (2002) study however, reported that an ethanol extract of damiana evidenced no hypoglycemic activity. These conflicting studies suggest that the active "hypoglycemic" chemicals in damiana may be extracted in the traditional (hot water) process, and are lost or not extracted in alcohol. With such an ancient history of traditional uses worldwide, it's not unusual that the plant appears in many books on herbal remedies published world wide. [8]

In 1984, Mexican researchers reported the hypoglycemic activity of the plant when a leaf infusion was given to diabetic mice. This effect was re-verified in Mexico when the plant was prepared in the traditional manner (as an infusion) and given orally to hyperglycemic rats. This study reported that damiana reduced blood glucose levels as well. [8] The leaves are used in Germany to relieve excess mental activity and nervous debility, and as a tonic for the hormonal and central nervous systems. E. F. Steinmetz states that in Holland, damiana is renowned for its sexual-enhancing qualities and its positive effects on the reproductive organs. [8] Central nervous system depressant activity has been attributed to damiana and verified by research. Damiana also has been used in combination with other plants for its thermogenic activity. Two U.S. patents have been filed on oral appetite suppressants containing damiana, citing its inclusion as an anti-anxiety and thermogenic substance. [8]

Damiana has demonstrated mild hypoglycemic effects in animals. Persons with diabetes and hypoglycemia should use this plant with caution, as blood sugar levels should be monitored accordingly for this possible effect. [8] Damiana first was recorded with aphrodisiac effects in scientific literature over 100 years ago. [8] Indications: Damiana is an excellent strengthening remedy for the nervous system. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. Whilst this may or may not be true, it has a definite tonic action on the central nervous and the hormonal system. [8] 15. "Mexican damiana is classed as aphrodisiac, stimulant, tonic, and diuretic. [8]

A U.S. patent was awarded in 2002 for a combination of herbs, including damiana, to "overcome natural inhibitors of human sexual response and allow for improved response and psychological effects." Another U.S. patent was awarded for an herbal combination for females, with inventors reporting that damiana could ". relieve anxiety, depression, headaches during menstruation, and exhaustion. [8] As a useful anti-depressant, Damiana is considered to be a specific in cases of anxiety and depression where there is a sexual factor. It may be used to strengthen the male sexual system." [8] A partial listing of the third-party published research on damiana is shown below: Libido & Sexual Stimulation Actions: Kumar, S., et al. "Pharmacognostic standardization of Turnera aphrodisiaca Ward." [8] 7. "Almost all cultural traditions in the world have favourite herbs that have the reputation of increasing libido and of reversing impotence. For one of them, Damiana, such a reputation was even carried into its botanical name, Turnera aphrodisiaca. [8]

Damiana is also widely available in most health food and natural product stores in a variety of forms - from tea blends, capsules and tablets to liquid tinctures and extracts. [8] Damiana is a small shrub that grows 1-2 m high and bears aromatic, serrate leaves that are 10-25 cm long. [8] Damiana is found throughout Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies, as well as in parts of South America. [8] Most of the damiana sold in herbal commerce today originates from Mexican and Latin American cultivation projects. [8]

In herbal medicine, damiana is used to treat conditions ranging from coughs to constipation to depression. The herbal supplement is reputed to help with energy, emphysema, low estrogen, frigidity, hot flashes, impotency, infertility, menopause, Parkinson's disease, PMS, inflammation of prostate, Lou Gehrig's disease, and more dealing with reproductive organs in both males and females. [7]

The Damiana Margarita is very popular in the Los Cabos area of Mexico and Mexican margarita folklore says that the very first margarita ever made was made with Damiana Liqueur (not that silly French liqueur). [17]

Damiana is used as a general tonic for the nervous, hormonal, and reproductive systems. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. [5] A 1998 in vitro clinical study reported that components in damiana bound to progesterone receptors in cultured human breast cancer cells, leading researchers to surmise that it had a neutral or anti-estrogenic activity. [8] The main constituents of damiana include: Albuminoids, alpha-copaene, alpha-pinene, arbutin, barterin, beta-pinene, beta-sitosterol, calamenene, caoutchouc, chlorophyll, 1,8-cineole, cymene, cymol, damianin, essential oil, gamma-cadinene, gonzalitosin-i, hexacosanol-1, luteolin, quinovopyranosides, tannins, tetraphyllin b, thymol, triacontane, and trimethoxyflavones. [8] Damiana has a traditional use as an abortive and is contraindicated during pregnancy. [8]

Damiana was recorded to be used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as for "giddiness and loss of balance." A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the damiana leaves, added sugar, and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking. [8] From 1888 to 1947 damiana leaf and damiana elixirs were listed in the National Formulary in the United States. For more than a century damiana's use has been associated with improving sexual function in both males and females. Dr. James Balch reports in his book Prescription for Nutritional Healing that damiana "relieves headaches, controls bed-wetting, and stimulates muscular contractions of the intestinal tract." [8]


Historically, damiana has also been used to treat conditions as diverse as bedwetting, constipation, depression, and headaches. No results from controlled human studies support any of these possible uses, however. In studies of laboratory animals, damiana has shown unpredictable effects on both blood sugar levels and body weight. [18] Earlier studies associated weight loss with using damiana; but subsequent research showed little or no weight-loss effect. Both of these potential uses of damiana need further research before they can be recommended for use. [18]


There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking damiana, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider. [15] Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of damiana at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. [15] If you choose to take damiana, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. [15] Before taking damiana, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have allergies (especially to plants), have any medical condition, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. [15] Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. Do not take damiana without first talking to your doctor if you take a medicine to treat diabetes or to control blood sugar levels such as insulin, glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Micronase, Glynase, Diabeta), tolbutamide (Orinase), metformin (Glucophage), acarbose (Precose), troglitazone (Rezulin), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others. [15]

Damiana has been used as an aphrodisiac, to treat headaches, and to aid in the control of bed wetting. [15] Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination. Damiana may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide. [15] The use of damiana may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above. [15]

Stop taking damiana and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives. Other less serious side effects have not been reported, although they may occur. [15] All potential risks and/or advantages of damiana may not be known. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. [15] Damiana is also known as Turnera diffusa, Mexican damiana, old woman's broom, and herba de la pastora. [15] Interactions between damiana and other prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/health supplements may also occur. [15] Do not take damiana without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether damiana will harm an unborn baby. [15] Do not take damiana without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether damiana will harm a nursing infant. [15]

Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about damiana. [15]


Damiana Liqueur is a light herbal-based liqueur from Mexico. It's made with the damiana herb that grows in Baha California, Mexico. It has great mixability and tastes great as a shooter. [17] Indications : Damiana is an excellent strengthening remedy for the nervous system. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac. Whilst this mayor may not be true, it has a definite tonic action on the central nervous andthe hormonal system. [10]


Some claim damiana tea has a relaxing effect not-unlike low doses of cannabis. Others argue that Damiana has no active ingredients, and that its medicinal reputation is based on damiana tonics from the late 1800s which were inactive, or contained enough alcohol and/or coca to produce unrelated effects. [5] Damiana has a long history of traditional medicinal and food use with no harmful consequences reported. No rigorous scientific studies have examined the effects of long-term use of this herb. [14] Sexually potent and sexually sluggish/impotent male rats were treated orally with different amounts of damiana and Pfaffia paniculata fluid extracts. While having no effect on the copulatory behavior of sexually potent rats, both plant extractssingly or in combinationimproved the copulatory performance of sexually sluggish/impotent rats. [14] The plant has never been subjected to systematic biological investigation. In the present investigation, petroleum ethe, chloroform, methanol, and water extracts of damiana aerial parts were evaluated for anti-anxiety activity in mice. [14] Neither extract affected locomotor activity. These results seem to support the folk reputation of damiana and Pfaffia paniculata as sexual stimulants. [14]

For the time being, it would be safe to assume that when used in reasonable doses, damiana has not significant side effects. [14] Damiana has also been used traditionally to improve digestion and to treat constipation, as a diuretic, as a treatment for cough, and in larger doses it is thought to have a mild laxative effect. [14]

Damiana oil composition Analysis of essential oils from wild and micropropagated plants of damiana (Turnera diffusa). [14] Damiana is a small shrub with an aromatic leaf found on dry, sunny, rocky hillsides in south Texas, Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. [14] The hypoglycemic activities of four water ethanol extracts prepared from Bidens pilosa, Salvia officinalis, Psacalium peltatum and Turnera diffusa ( damiana ) were investigated in healthy and alloxan-diabetic mice. [14] The extracts of damiana did not show any hypoglycemic activity. Historical uses of damiana herb Historically, damiana has been used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and mild depression, especially if these symptoms have a sexual component. [14] The damiana leaf has been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians. The two species used in herbal healing, both of which are referred to as damiana, are Turnera aphrodisiaca and Turnera diffusa. [14] Benefit of d amiana herb The libido-boosting power of damiana herb hasn't been tested in humans, although a damiana liquor - also spelled damiana liqueur - made from the damiana leaf has long been used as an aphrodisiac in Mexico. [14] Buy Damiana Leaf supplement, 400 mg, Nature's Way Damiana herb (Turnera aphrodisiaca) an aromatic perennial shrub native to Mexico and the Southwestern United States. [14] In animal studies, extracts of damiana herb had the benefit of speeding the mating behavior of "sexually sluggish" or impotent male rats. It had no effect on sexually potent rats. It is possible that damiana herb has additional benefits in humans that may be uncovered with further research. [14] Additional damiana research Investigation on the hypoglycaemic effects of extracts of four Mexican medicinal plants ( damiana herb ) in normal and alloxan-diabetic mice. [14]


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* In one study, a damiana extract appeared to decrease blood sugar in animals with diabetes.(More…)

* Animal studies suggest that damiana has hypoglycemic actions.(More…)

* Passion Rx is a potent herbal sexual enhancement product that contains damiana extract along with more than a doze effective herbs from all over the world.(More…)

* All text in site All text in site Mistress Damiana is a Dominatrix located in Seattle, Washington, and has a fully equiped dungeon.(More…)

* Damiana leaves are harvested from the plants Turnera diffusa, a small shrub native to Mexico, the American Southwest, and the West Indies.(More…)

* Purchase a one pound package of Raintree Nutrition's damiana leaf powder ( Turnera aphrodisiaca ) which is rich in the naturally occurring plant chemicals that this plant is regarded for.(More…)

* Damiana is widely used in traditional medicine as an anti-cough, diuretic diuretic (increasing urine flow), and aphrodisiac agent.(More…)

* Damiana extracts have been shown, in a test tube, to weakly bind to progesterone receptors. 4 Thus, damiana may be a potentially useful herb for some female health problems.(More…)

* Damiana extract has shown antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, which may have gastrointestinal effects.(More…)

* Damiana grows wild and is cultivated around the Gulf of Mexico, and in some South American countries.(More…)

* I had Damiana in Cabo over the weekend. very intriguing.(More…)

* Damiana has been used in combination with other herbs in small clinical studies for sexual dysfunction and for weight loss.(More…)

* Now that you've had a brief history lesson and know what Damiana is, you might want to know what the liquer tastes like.(More…)

* Historical or traditional use: Damiana has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, particularly by the native peoples of Mexico. 1 Other folk uses have included asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and various sexual disorders. 2 It has also been promoted as a euphoria-inducing substance at various times.(More…)

* Although it has been postulated that the plant may contain the central nervous system stimulant caffeine, the aphrodisiac effect has not been attributed to any specific components.(More…)

* Abstract Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac.(More…)

* Suriname's traditional medicine Damiana is used for sexual debility (increases libido).(More…)

* Damiana was recorded to be used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Mayan civilization.(More…)

In one study, a damiana extract appeared to decrease blood sugar in animals with diabetes. [18] Aplopappus discoideus was formerly sold as Damiana, but can easily be detected, as the leaves are distinctly lanceolate, with only two or three teeth on either side. [19] The common name Damiana includes the species Turnera aphrodisiaca, which is used interchangeably with Turnera diffusa. Besides being used in the production of a popular Mexican liqueur called "Damiana", this herb has enjoyed a long and unwarranted history of use as an aphrodisiac, supposedly able to stimulate the libido of men and women alike. [20] Damiana is generally available as a tea, tincture, and in capsules. The primary properties of this herb are considered to be alterative, aperient, aphrodisiac, carminative, cholagogue, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, nervine, stimulant, urinary antiseptic, and yang tonic. [20] Damiana was used by the Mayans and Aztecs as a sexual stimulant, and also to treat several respiratory disorders. [20] Damiana has also been regarded historically as an important folk medicine in Mexico, often used to support treatments of sterility, impotence, diabetes, bladder infection and asthma. [20] Damiana has been used in the past as a tea to help teenagers overcome the shyness & self-consciousness that sometimes accompanies puberty. [20]

Damiana is also said to possess mild sedative qualities, able to induce a state of relaxation and to aid in falling asleep. [20]


Animal studies suggest that damiana has hypoglycemic actions. People with low blood sugar should be monitored more closely for this possible effect. [21] Constituents Identified: Alcaraz-Melendez, L., et al. "Analysis of essential oils from wild and micropropagated plants of damiana ( Turnera diffusa )." [21] For more information damiana ( Turnera aphrodisiaca ), please refer to the Database File for Damiana in the Tropical Plant Database. [21] Damiana Tech Report Damiana Tech Report — A Technical Plant Data Report is available for damiana. [21]


Passion Rx is a potent herbal sexual enhancement product that contains damiana extract along with more than a doze effective herbs from all over the world. [14] Passion Rx — For Men and Women — Formulated by Ray Sahelian, M.D. - Now with Damiana herb Passion Rx is a Bestseller How quickly does Passion Rx work? Passion Rx provides results that are sometimes seen the first day, but continue to improve with use. [14] The potent herbal extracts in Passion Rx include Ashwagandha, Aspallum purificata, Catuaba, Cnidium, Coleus forskohlii, Damiana herb, Horny goat weed, Jujuge, Maca, Mucuna pruriens, Muira puama, Passion flower, Pfaffia paniculata, Rehmannia, Rhodiola, Tongkat Ali and Tribulus terrestris extract Tribulus terrestris extract. [14]

Damiana herb emails Q. How long does it take for damiana herb to work as an aphrodisiac? A. Unlike yohimbe which works in an hour or two, damiana takes several days to work, even then the effects are mild. [14] Damiana side effects Damiana herb appears to be safe when taken occasionally as a sex booster. [14]

Damiana herb composition and mechanism of action The chemical composition of damiana leaf is complex and all of the components have not been completely identified. [14] Damiana leaf for anxiety Anti-anxiety activity studies of various extracts of Turnera aphrodisiaca Ward. [14] Q. I have several herbs in mind to purchase, including damiana leaf, muira puama, horny goat weed, and catuaba. Can you tell me which one is the least effective? A. I have not seen any studies comparing these herbs, but in my experience I would say that damiana leaf is the weakest. [14]

Stimulating property of Turnera diffusa ( damiana leaf ) and Pfaffia paniculata extracts - suma - on the sexual-behavior of male rats. [14] Nature's Way Damiana leaf is gathered from the wild in the deserts of Mexico, the source recognized as the finest quality. [14]

I am not familiar with damiana seed. Q. Can you please tell me whether pregnant and/or breast feeding mums can take damiana tea? A. We have not seen research with damiana and pregnancy or breastfeeding, however reasonable uses of damiana tea, such as a few times a week would not be predicted to cause any problems. [14] Q. Are you familiar with damiana tea or damiana seed? A. I know damiana tea is sold in health food stores but I have not tried it. [14] Damiana tea is difficult to find, but you could search for it in a health food store. [14] Availability of damiana herb Damiana is sold as bulk herb powder, damiana capsules, damiana tea, and damiana liqueur. [14] Q. Can damiana herb be taken with fish oils? A. I don't see any reason why the two are not compatible. [14]


All text in site All text in site Mistress Damiana is a Dominatrix located in Seattle, Washington, and has a fully equiped dungeon. [2] Damiana has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, particularly by the native peoples of Mexico. 1 Other folk uses have included asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and various sexual disorders. 2 It has also been promoted as a euphoria-inducing substance. [4] The leaves of damiana were originally used as medicine by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. [4]

At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with damiana. [4] Most research has been done on the volatile oil of damiana, which includes numerous small, fragrant substances called terpenes. 3 As yet, it is unclear if the volatile oil is truly the main active constituent of damiana. [4]


Damiana leaves are harvested from the plants Turnera diffusa, a small shrub native to Mexico, the American Southwest, and the West Indies. [20] The bitter principle, damianin, stimulates the nervous system and genitals, and thus allows nerve messages to more readily spread through the body. Consume no more than one cup of Damiana tea, or one dropperful of the tincture, or two capsules daily, so as to avoid stressing the liver, since its effects are cumulative. It is generally considered safe, but avoid using Damiana in cases of urinary tract diseases or liver disease. [20]


Purchase a one pound package of Raintree Nutrition's damiana leaf powder ( Turnera aphrodisiaca ) which is rich in the naturally occurring plant chemicals that this plant is regarded for. [21] Damiana leaves also contain tannins, flavonoids, beta-sitosterol, damianin (a brown, bitter substance), and the glycosides gonzalitosin, arbutin, and tetraphyllin B. Raintree's damiana has been sustainably wild-harvested in the Brazilian Amazon and has been milled into a fine powder which is suitable to stuff into capsules or to prepare your own teas, tinctures or extracts. [21]


Damiana is widely used in traditional medicine as an anti-cough, diuretic diuretic (increasing urine flow), and aphrodisiac agent. [22] Female sexual dysfunction Female sexual dysfunction : Traditionally, damiana has been used as a sexual stimulant. [22] Damiana appears on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list and is widely used as a food flavoring. [22] Damiana includes the species Turnera diffusa and Turnera aphrodisiaca. These closely-related plants belong to the family of Turneraceae and grow wild in the subtropical regions of the Americas and Africa. [22] More studies using damiana alone are needed before a recommendation can be made. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. [22] Larger, well-designed studies using damiana alone are needed before a recommendation can be made. [22]

ArginMax for women contains damiana, but also L-arginine, ginseng ginseng, ginkgo ginkgo, multivitamins multivitamins, and minerals. [22]

Weight loss ( obese obese patients) : "YGD," containing yerbe mate (leaves of Ilex paraguayenis ), guarana (seeds of Paullinia cupana Paullinia cupana ) and damiana (leaves of Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca ), is an herbal preparation frequently used for weight loss. [22]

2-4 milliliters of liquid damiana extract or 0.5-1 milliliterof tincture three times a day has been used. 3-4 grams of powdered leaf in tablets or capsules can be used two to three times a day, and 325-650 milligrams per dose of dried extract powder has been taken. [22]


Damiana extracts have been shown, in a test tube, to weakly bind to progesterone receptors. 4 Thus, damiana may be a potentially useful herb for some female health problems. No human studies have investigated this possibility and it is not a primary traditional use. [4]

Take a look at Passion Rx, a highly popular sexual arousal formula for men and women with 20 herbal extracts, including damiana. [23] The chemical composition of damiana is complex and all of the components have not been completely identified. [23] The known damiana make-up is 0.5-1% volatile oil, flavonoids, gonzalitosin, arbutin, tannin and damianin (a brown bitter substance). [23]

Damiana leaf (Turnera aphrodisiaca) an aromatic perennial shrub native to Mexico and the Southwestern United States, has been used, traditionally by herbalists as a tea. [23]


Damiana extract has shown antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, which may have gastrointestinal effects. [22] Damiana ends up winning a very important beauty contest and lives happy forever. Mexican cinema detractors find this movie terrible! I second them. This was the time when Mexican cinema was in it's peak of mediocrity. Meche Carreño is the best about this movie. She looked very sensual and I guess she could act. [24] Damiana was used to make the original margarita. It's hard to find in the U.S., but makes a fun and unique margarita. [25] Damiana is especially beneficial for revitalizing the system, and has been used as a mild tonic laxative for children. It has been said to one of the most popular and safest of plants claimed to restore the natural sexual capacities and functions. It was first used by the Mayans of Yucatan. They called it "mizib-coc," which means "plant for asthma." It was used for all pulmonary disorders, dizziness, vertigo, and as a general body cleanser. [16] Damiana has stimulating properties and has been used for nervousness, weakness, and exhaustion. It has been recommended for increasing the sperm count in the male, strengthening the ovum in the female, and helping to balance hormones in women. [16] To the south of the sanctuary is the gynaikion, the prayer chamber for women, which is completely undecorated. In t he western part of his church is the tomb of Saint Damiana. [26] The Shrine of Saint Damiana, or Dair Sitt Dimyana, once belonged to the diocese of the metropolitan of Jerusalem, but was served from very ancient times by the monks from the Monastery of Saint Antony Monastery of Saint Antony. [26]

Damiana (turnera diffusa) is a small shrub with smooth, pale green, oval leaves and aromatic yellow flowers. The plant is found in hot, humid climates such as Mexico and South America as well as Texas and California. [6] The leaves of damiana were originally used for medicinal purposes by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. It has been used for many years to improve the body's overall function including the relief of such symptoms as anxiety, asthma, poor circulation, colds/flu, constipation, depression, fatigue, headaches and nervousness. In some cases, this wonderful herb may also stimulate weight loss. [6]

Leaves and stems of the Damiana plant are gathered at the time of flowering and then dried. [6]


Damiana grows wild and is cultivated around the Gulf of Mexico, and in some South American countries. [16] Comments: In the absence of other hard data, it may still be assumed that observable interactions may occur between the many central nervous system drugs and the psychoactive principles in Damiana. [16] Damiana is low in toxicity factors, but because of irritant action on the genitourinary tract, it may aggravate preexisting urinary tract diseases. Caution needs to be taken in such cases. [16] The active constituents in damiana are: 0.5 - 1.0% volatile oil from which thymol, a-copaene, o-cadinene, and calamene have been isolated; a brown amorphous substance; damianin; resins; and gum. [16]


I had Damiana in Cabo over the weekend. very intriguing. Made from a local plant, its a supposed aphrodisiac that is even being bottled. It makes a good spirit and does seem to live up to its expectation. [27] Bar at Rancho Leonero on the Baja CA. East Cape uses Damiana in their Margurita's - on top of triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice and a silver tequila - a nearly additive cocktail. I found Damiana at BevMo, and happily recreate this at home. [27] Just was given a bottle of Damiana (as well as half-gallon of pure vanilla) from my friend's trip to Cabo, Mexico. [27] I kept damiana liquer on my shelf for years, after about 15 I threw what remained out when I moved one time, iirc. [27]


Damiana has been used in combination with other herbs in small clinical studies for sexual dysfunction and for weight loss. There are no clinical trials to directly evaluate its safety and efficacy. [9]

Damiana is a wild shrub prevalent in Mexico, Central America, and some regions of South America. It is used in traditional medicine as a diuretic, laxative, stimulant, aphrodisiac and for treating diabetes and venereal diseases. [9] Damiana is widely promoted as a stimulant and an aphrodisiac but presently, it is not known how it exerts such effects. [9] Bottom Line: There is only limited evidence that Damiana has sexual stimulant effect. It has not been shown to treat cancer in humans. [9] Diabetics should use Damiana with caution as it may potentiate the effects of hypoglycemic drugs. [9] Patients with diabetes should avoid Damiana because it may increase effects of drugs that reduce blood sugar. [9]

A small study in women with sexual dysfunction showed that ArginMax, which contains Damiana, improved sexual function. [9] Animal data shows that Damiana can reduce anxiety and affect sexual behavior but there is no human data. [9]

Weight loss A small study in healthy volunteers showed that oral intake of tablets containing Damiana, Yerba Mate, and Guarana resulted in weight loss. [9] Oral intake of capsules containing a mixture of Damiana, Yerba Mate, Yerba Mate, and Guarana Guarana led to weight loss in healthy volunteers ( 5 5 ). [9]


Now that you've had a brief history lesson and know what Damiana is, you might want to know what the liquer tastes like. It has a wonderfully light, sweet and satisfying flavor that is perfect alone, as an after-dinner drink, or mixed in your favorite margarita. [6]

The sensible properties of the leaves of all the varieties (or species) of Turnera found upon the market, under the name damiana, are similar. [28] The teeth are toward the apex of the leaf, and are rather remote and sharp. This plant can readily be distinguished from the true damiana by the presence of numerous flower-heads, which are common in all the specimens examined by us ( Fig. 95, A). They are borne in axillary clusters of from 4 to 6 heads. [28]

Mexican damiana ( Turnera aphrodisiaca ), as found in market, consists of broken leaves mixed with fragments of the branches, and, sometimes, with seedpods. [28]

The leaves have the shape of the Mexican damiana, but are larger, and very hairy, especially underneath ( Fig. 94 Fig. 94, 1/2 natural size, preceding page). [28] Monthly, April, 1876. We extend our thanks to Dr. St. Clair for the aid given us in our endeavor to obtain the complete history of this drug, as well as for the specimens of original damiana so kindly furnished by himself. In this connection we can say that the leaves of Fig. 93, marked A A, are drawn from the original lot of damiana imported by Dr. St. Clair, in 1872. [28] According to a more recent analysis of the leaves of damiana, by F. W. Pantzer ( Amer. [28]

The dose of the fluid extract is from 1/2 fluid drachm to 1/2 fluid ounce; specific damiana, 5 to 60 drops. [28] The flowers are small, yellow, and, in the species that produces damiana, subsessile near the end of the short branches. [28] Chlorophyll, hard and soft resin, tannin, sugar, albuminoids, gum, and ash were found by Parsons in true damiana. [28] The fruit, specimens of which are often found with damiana leaves, are dry, 1-celled, globular, and about the size of a large hemp seed ( Fig. 93, B B). They are warty and rough externally, open by 3 valves, and contain from 3 to 6 kidney-shaped seeds ( Fig. 93, C, magnified), attached to 3 parietal placentae. [28]


Historical or traditional use: Damiana has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, particularly by the native peoples of Mexico. 1 Other folk uses have included asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and various sexual disorders. 2 It has also been promoted as a euphoria-inducing substance at various times. [3] Parts used and where grown: The leaves of damiana were originally used as medicine by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. [3] Damiana is not usually used alone; it is believed to be more effective when combined with other herbs of similar or complementary activity. [3] Damiana is an excellent assisting herb in formulas designed as aphrodisiacs, as mild stimulants, to increase energy or to reduce respiratory irritation. [3] Are there any side effects or interactions? Higher doses of damiana may induce a mild sense of euphoria. [3] It is important to note that only one scientific study exists in the literature that directly examines any physiological functions or effects of damiana. [3]

Active constituents: Most research has been done on the essential oil of damiana, which includes numerous small, fragrant substances called terpenes. [3] As yet, it is unclear if the essential oil is truly the main active fraction of damiana. [3]

Contains 800 mg Damiana. Because of the changes in hormone levels throughout a women's lifetime, women may experience a variety of symptoms such as: P.M.S, menstrual irregularities, weight gain or loss, anxiety, menopause, and/or the lack of desire or energy for sex. [3]

Damiana leaves also contain alkaloids that have been associated with insect pheromones in a variety of studies. Despite this possible link, scientific studies have not been conducted to associate any causative effect of damiana with regards to pheromone production in humans Perhaps the most viable scientific evidence for the age-old use of damiana as an aphrodisiac involves a single recent study demonstrating that damiana extract binds to the progesterone receptor in human breast cancer cells. [3] Additional Information : Damiana's reputation as an aphrodisiac is mainly due to its compounded effect in the listed systems: astringing in the urinary tract, acting on the nervous system, and clearing toxins through the genito-urinary system. [3]

Despite the fact that oregano extract was found to bind tightly as well, the ability of damiana extract to affect progesterone detection may explain claims that damiana supplementation can increase libido (importantly, many progesterone-binding extracts can have either a neutral or antagonistic effect instead of an agonistic effect). [3] If the binding of damiana extract to progesterone receptors indeed mimics the action of progesterone, damiana could theoretically lead to increased libido in women with a progesterone deficiency. [3] Because progesterone is one of the major hormones involved in the female reproductive cycle, by the above rationale, one may infer that by possibly affecting progesterone detection, damiana extract could ease the cyclical depression and anxiety often associated with the menstrual cycle. [3]

The essential oil from damiana leaves contains small fragrant substances known as terpenes. [3]


Although it has been postulated that the plant may contain the central nervous system stimulant caffeine, the aphrodisiac effect has not been attributed to any specific components. The volatile oil in damiana might be sufficiently irritating to the urethral mucous membranes to account for its so-called aphrodisiac effects. [1] No substantive data is available to support the aphrodisiac effects of damiana. [1]

Damiana is a Mexican shrub also found throughout the southern U.S. and many parts of South America. It has small, yellow-brown aromatic leaves. [1] Although some commercial companies continued to sell it to the American market, damiana had almost disappeared until the 1960s "hippy" movement brought it back into popularity. Today, damiana has found its way into a number of herbal OTC products, in particular those claiming to induce a legal herbal "high." [1]

There are no recent clinical studies of damiana that provide a basis for dosage recommendations, though it has been studied in combination with other agents. [1] Damiana was admitted into the first edition of the National Formulary (NF) in 1888 as an elixir and fluid extract. It never made it into the U.S. Pharmacopeia and the elixir was finally dropped from the NF in 1916. [1] Common Name(s): Damiana, herba de la pastora, Mexican damiana, old woman's broom, rosemary (not to be confused with the spice Rosmarinus officinalis L.) [1]


Abstract Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Essential oils produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors and tea. [13] Damiana, a shrub of arid and semi-arid regions, is an important socio-economic plant. Its leaves and stems are used for flavoring and infusion. [13]

Stem and leaf morphology of damiana plants grown in experimental field (bar5 cm): (A) plants from cell suspension culture (LT1); (B) plants from solidified medium. [13] Damiana plants were micropropagated in liquid culture and solidified medium, and grown in field. [13] Damiana is reported to be a nervous system stimulant, aphrodisiac, and diuretic. [13]

Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Essential oils produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors and tea. [11] The composition of essential oils from wild damiana, plants grown with micropropagated methods involving cell suspension, and explants in solid medium, is presented. [11]


Suriname's traditional medicine Damiana is used for sexual debility (increases libido). Other applications are: as an antidepressant, nerve tonic, diuretic, prostate complaints, frigidity and cough-suppressant. [12] Common name Damiana, Mexican damiana, Mexican holly, Mizibcoc, old woman's broom, hierba del venado, oreganello. [12] In Mexico, liquor made from damiana leaves has been used as an aphrodisiac since the time of the ancient Mayan civilization. [29]

Though it has not been tested in humans, animal studies support the use of damiana herb as an aphrodisiac. [29] A potent tea can be made from damiana leaves by steeping a teaspoon of dried herb in a cup of water for about fifteen minutes. It may take a few days for the effects of damiana herb, which are usually mild, to be felt. [29] There may be a mild laxative effect from damiana herb consumption, as well as gastrointestinal effects. [29] In very high doses, side effects may include disorientation, dizziness, headache or insomnia. Since its effects on the female hormonal system are not entirely understood, damiana herb should not be taken during pregnancy. [29] In one study, previously sluggish rats treated with damiana herb showed a marked increase in sexual behavior. [29] Anecdotal evidence suggests that the herb's ability to induce a euphoric response may make it useful in helping to alleviate stress. It seems reasonable then, that people with sexual dysfunction that has roots in emotional or physical distress may respond to Damiana herb. [29]

Blood sugar levels and kidney function can sometimes be affected by damiana herb as well. [29]


Damiana was recorded to be used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Mayan civilization. A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the damiana leaves, added sugar, and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking. The medicinal part of the plant is its aromatic leaves, which are harvested during the flowering season. [30]


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