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Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

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Damiana native to Southwest Texas in the US and South America, Central America, and Mexico served as an aphrodisiac for decades. The leaves have originally been turned into a tea or incense, used by the natives of South and Central America for its natural relaxing effects. A Spanish missionary first recorded that the Mexican Indians created a special drink from the Damiana leaves and added sugar to drink it for its medicinal power to improve lovemaking. It’s also an ingredient to a classic Mexican liqueur, often used as a substitute for Triple Sec in Margaritas. That said, here’s everything you need to know about Damiana and its health benefits, effects, side-effects, and so on.

What is Damiana?

Damiana, also known as Turnera diffusa, is a wild shrub. It grows in Mexico, South America, Central America, and in the West Indies. Its leaf and stem are widely used to produce medicine. Traditionally, it was used to enhance sexual desire. Damiana is also used to treat anxiety, depression, headache, bedwetting, constipation, and nervous stomach; for treatment and prevention of sexual problems; improving and maintaining physical and mental stamina; as an aphrodisiac; etc. It’s also worth mentioning that some people consume Turnera diffusa for a slightly “high” effect.

What does Damiana herb do?

If you want to get the most out of damiana, you need to consume the leaves. It is thought to improve sexual arousal, as well as stamina in both men and women. Originally, the herb has been used for treating urinary and bladder issues. Some people enjoy the way Damiana makes them feel due to its effect on their bladder. However, scientific research doesn’t quite support these traditional uses.

What are the side effects of Damiana?

Get emergency help if you experience any sign of allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, throat, or lips.

We’d suggest you to stop using the herb and contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience:

  • a seizure (e.g., convulsions);
  • Nausea, fever, vomiting;
  • trouble breathing;
  • changes in your mental health condition (agitation, worry, fear, hallucinations, confusion);
  •  excessive saliva, drooling;
  • trouble swallowing;
  • loss of movement in specific parts of your body;
  • uncontrolled muscle movements or painful muscle spasms, etc.

This isn’t a complete list of possible side-effects. You can experience some other adverse effects, too. Call your physician at once for medical advice regarding Damiana’s side effects. You can also report potential side-effects to FDA at this number: 1-800-FDA-1088.

Is Damiana a hallucinogen?

For the psychonauts, Turnera diffusa could be of interest because of its possible hallucinogenic effects, especially when consumed in a high dose. When you smoke the dried Damiana leaves, it brings about a state equivalent to that of cannabis, except milder. You can also make Damiana into a tea that promotes similar changes in mood.

Is Damiana a stimulant?

Nowadays, both men and women can use damiana to fight anxiety, depression, and nervousness, especially if such symptoms hold a sexual component. Damiana Turnera diffusa also works as a general tonic for wellness improvements. As a general tonic, Turnera diffusa is believed to act as a stimulant, enhance circulation, and adjust hormonal activity. Furthermore, many herbal practitioners use Damiana as a diuretic. Its tonic should be utilized moderately. We highly recommend not to take it on a long-term basis. The herb was first used in Mexico by women, primarily, who drank damiana tea before lovemaking. The Aztecs and Mayans used it as a treatment for respiratory disorders and as a sexual stimulant. It was also burned ceremoniously to allow participants to “have visions.” For many years, Latin American cultures have used the herb as a sexual stimulant ritualistically.

Is smoking Damiana dangerous?

This is probably the least favored method of consuming Damiana. Simply use it in a joint or pipe, like you would with tobacco. Turns out, unlike vaping, smoking Damiana can be harmful to your health, as the process of combustion involves the burning of the plant matter. The process creates plenty of harmful toxins present in smoke.

Does Damiana increase sperm count?

Biologist, Chemist, and Herbalist Louise Tenney stated that Damiana could help with infertility in both genders by boosting the sperm count in the male and strengthening the egg in the female. Studies show that herbal Damiana has a useful effect on nervous tension and sexual debility. The Turnera diffusa leaves contain β-sitosterol and aromatic oils that could be responsible for the stimulant impact and the forming of the sexual reproductive systems. Damiana strengthens your brain and nerves. In women, it is specifically good for coping with PMS, menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, and frigidity; but it’s known to improve sex drive in males, as well as females.

Is Damiana good for fertility?

Damiana has widely been used for every aspect of fertility for decades. In women, it helps improve fertility, as mentioned above. According to evidence, it also improves sexual desire. In men, however, it improves performance and stamina significantly. From a scientific point of view, Turnera diffusa has been studied for many years, but it’s been a little inconclusive with its key findings. There’s no way we can fully prove a negative in such cases. So, based on whatever sources we have, it’s possible that Damiana may help you with fertility issues. 

Damina dosage

In today’s modern age, dried Turnera diffusa leaves are available in tea bags, capsules, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic tinctures. One can also smoke and inhale damiana leaves, although that’s not advised. Nursing, pregnant mothers, and people with liver issues shouldn’t take in Damiana. High doses of Damiana can cause hallucinations. If you experience the same, don’t panic and visit a physician soon.

Read through the label to know well about dosage. Generally, 2 to 4 grams of dried damiana is consumed with tea or in the form of capsules with meals thrice a day. Effects vary from person to person. People have reported hallucinations at doses of 200g. Damiana is present in an ingredient named “spice,” which is found in some herbal concoctions, and it provides the same effects as marijuana. The legality of these mixtures varies within the US.

Damiana benefits hormones

Unlike other drugs and supplements, Damiana affects several hormones, glands, and neurotransmitters in the same way as Rhodiola and Ashwagandha do. It increases the effectiveness of adrenal glands, thyroid glands, testes, and ovaries. Above are the major glands of the body’s endocrine system. Therefore, Damiana promotes the secretion of serotonin, dopamine, androgens, testosterone, and estrogen. 

It revitalizes the whole body in general and increases physical, as well as mental resistance. Overall, it’s an excellent option to prevent diseases and chronic stress. Damiana is a potent aphrodisiac in women as much as it is in men. It’s a great glandular and hormonal regulator. It improves the sexual force and treats problems related to libido, and premature ejaculation, impotence, frigidity while simultaneously increasing sexual pleasure manifolds. 

It primarily fights all hormonal disorders, mainly those related to andropause and menopause-like headaches, major fatigue, and dizziness. Furthermore, those with diabetes struggling with erectile dysfunction (ED) can benefit from this herb. Studies have found that Damiana lowered blood sugars in hyperglycemic rats and diabetic mice.

Damiana Effects on Testosterone

Damiana is rich in essential oils, some of which are said to improve blood flow by releasing nitric oxide. Thanks to Damiana’s interactions with libido and sexual health, the potential vasodilatory effects it holds are limited to libido and sexual behavior yet, it is known that enhancing N.O. activity could help several bodily functions, including improving testicular functioning and T bio-activity.

Damiana’s vasodilation is often linked to T levels, but it’s a crucial point of consideration for future studies concerning Damiana as a T-booster. If Damiana possesses any genuine T-boosting effect, it will likely be due to its possible inhibition of aromatase the enzyme accountable for converting testosterone to estrogen. 

If you’re talking theoretically, by preventing the T-to-estrogen conversion, men can gain higher male-female sex hormone levels. Limited evidence suggests that this is essential for older men, especially those experiencing on average higher aromatase activity, and for hardcore bodybuilders at risk of higher estrogen levels following a solid T-boosting regimen.

How long does it take for damiana to work?

People often use Damiana as a sexual stimulant or to relieve edginess and irritability caused by PMS. Some take it when they absolutely need it, and it normally takes effect within 30 minutes. 

Conclusion

For what it’s wroth, Damiana seems to be safe at moderate doses. It is one of the few supplements that can possibly reduce your anxiety and nervousness and give you more energy. If you do plan on taking it, we’d suggest you start low and go slow. Consult a healthcare professional prior to supplementing the product, especially if you have mental health conditions or take prescribed medication. If you experience hallucinations consuming herbal Damiana, get medical support right away. Damiana in mostly sold as capsule form. You can buy it from your local drugstore. It’s also available as a tea or Turnera aphrodisiaca Extract form in many health food stores. Feel free to bookmark this description for future references.

 

Other benefits:

Increases libido

Relieves depression

Aphrodisiac

Calms nerves

Reduces spasms

Reduces blood sugar

Tonic

Stimulant

Laxative

 

Origin: Mexico

Ingredients: Wild harvested Damiana (turnera diffusa)

Parts Used: Leaves

Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).

 

How to use:

Powder: Take one tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie once a day.

Capsules: Take 1 capsule 4 times a day with water or favorite beverage.

 

The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!

Legal Information: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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1 review for Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

  1. berlindajrobinson (verified owner)

    I initially took this to relieve my postpartum depression (PPD) that seems to keep relapsing for about a year now; However I did not expect all the other benefits to help me the way it did. Not only has my PPD completely gotten the boot but my libido went all the way up. For the sake of not sharing TMI my orgasms have been explosive, my mood is stable, I have a feeling of well being and I actually feel it working when my anxiety tries to come up and I have a sense of well being. I will be buying more and continue referring other mothers from my “online mom group” here!

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