Damiana

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Biological Name: Turnera diffusaDamiana

Other Names: Damiana

Active Components: The majority of studies have been conducted on damiana’s volatile oil, which contains multiple fragnant elements named terpenes. For the present moment it’s still not evident whether it’s the volatile oil, which is responsible for the herb’s effects.

Alkaloids, an antibacterial element arbutin, and some other essential components are also included in plant’s leaves.

History: This herb has been considered to enhance sexual libido since time immemorial, especially by residents of Mexico. Conventionally, it was also believed to be beneficial for sexual dysfunction, neurosis, bronchitis, and asthma. Occasionally, the herb was applied to promote euphoric state in a person.

Used For: The herb is applied in the following conditions: male erectile dysfunction and infecundity, as well as depression.

Additional Info: Damiana leaves have been applied as a medical remedy by native peoples of Mexico and various regions of Central America. For the present moment the herb grows in moist but hot places, and may also be found in Texas.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare tea, take a gram of dried leaf extract, and fill it up with a cup of boiling water. Infuse for ten to fifteen minutes. Take at a dose of three cups a day.

In form of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of 2-3 ml thrice per day.

Pills or caps are commonly applied at a dose of 400-800 mg thrice a day.

Damiana is commonly combined with other remedies, as its activity is more beneficial when the herb is used in conjunction with plants, similar in action.

Safety: Large amounts of damiana are capable of causing euphoria. The leaves can cause mild diarrhea, if taken in large quantities, and may also result in loose stools.