What is damiana ?
Damiana comes from the leaves of Turnera diffusa, a shrub found in Mexico, South America, and the southwestern United States. Some herbalists believe damiana can “improve the sexual ability of the enfeebled and aged.” The herb has an aromatic scent and a pleasing taste.
Common doses of damiana
Damiana is available as a tincture, capsule, powder, or tea. Some experts recommend the following doses:
- As a tincture, up to 2.5 milliliters taken orally three times a daily.
- As a powdered herb, 18 grams in a 500-milliliter decoction, taken as a tea three times a day.
Why people use damiana herb
- As an aphrodisiac
- Fluid retention
- To induce euphoria and relaxation
Side effects of damiana
Call your health care practitioner if you experience hallucinations when using damiana. Damiana also can cause irritation of the urethra, which might explain why some people believe the herb has aphrodisiac effects. Taking excessive amounts may result in liver injury.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you’re taking.
Important points to remember
- Don’t use damiana if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Avoid hazardous activities, such as driving, until you kmow how this herb affects you.
What the research shows
Although some herbalists believe damiana has aphrodisiac and hallucinogenic effects, no evidence supports these claims. A detailed review of damiana’s history indicates such claims stem from a hoax.
Other names for damiana : –
Other names for damiana include herba de la pastora, Mexican damiana, old woman’s broom, and rosemary.
Products containing damiana are sold under such names as Damiania and Damiana Root.