Damiana, or Turnera Diffusa, is a very flavorful desert herb that originates from South and Central America and is treasured as an aphrodisiac in many ancient traditions. It was reported that Mayans made a drink with damiana tea and sugar to enhance lovemaking. The fresh flowers have an almost intoxicating aroma. Damiana’s ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac is reflected in one of its Latin names — Turnera aphrodisiaca.
Damiana has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine throughout the world. It is thought to act as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, tonic, diuretic, cough-suppressant, and mild laxative. It has been used for such conditions as depression, anxiety, sexual inadequacy, debilitation, bed-wetting, menstrual irregularities, gastric ulcers, and constipation. In Mexico, the plant also is used for asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, diabetes, dysentery, dyspepsia, headaches, paralysis, nephrosis, spermatorrhea, stomachache, and syphilis. Damiana first was recorded with aphrodisiac effects in scientific literature over 100 years ago.
The results of a 2009 ethnopharmacological study by Mexico’s National Institute of Psychiatry support the folk use of damiana as an aphrodisiac. They also point to the herb’s possible therapeutic properties in the treatment of sexual dysfunction. This pro-sexual effect is attributed to the mechanism of action of compounds called flavonoids, which are found in damiana leaf.
Other benefits and effects of Damiana Leaf:
- Help boost energy and reduce the effects of exhaustion.
- Help increase blood flow and stimulation in sexual organs.
- Has anti depressant properties and helps to boost the overall mood and bring about a general feeling of well-being.
- Used as an herbal remedy for anxiety.
- It is used to help with the hormonal imbalances common with menopause in women.
- It has been used as a central nervous system depressant to help with CNS disorders and modify and control the nervous response.
- Has both diuretic and antiseptic properties.
consult your physician before attempting to heal a serious condition, also if you are on medication such as antidepressants
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