DAMIANA

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Damiana Aphrodisiaca, Damiana Herb, Damiana Leaf, Damiane, Feuille de Damiana, Feuille de Damiane, Herba de la Pastora, Houx Mexicain, Mexican Damiana, Mizibcoc, Old Woman’s Broom, Oreganillo, Rosemary, Thé Bourrique, Turnera diffusa…etc
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Damiana is a wild shrub that grows in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. The leaf and stem are used to make medicine. Historically, it was used mostly to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).
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Damiana is used to treat headache, bedwetting, depression, nervous stomach, and constipation; for prevention and treatment of sexual problems; boosting and maintaining mental and physical stamina; and as an aphrodisiac.

Some people inhale damiana for a slight “high.”
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How does it work?

Damiana contains chemicals that may affect the brain and nervous system.
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Damiana is LIKELY SAFE when taken in amounts commonly found in foods. Damiana is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in medicinal amounts, but there have been serious side effects. Convulsions and other symptoms similar to rabies or strychnine poisoning have been reported after taking 200 grams of damiana extract.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of damiana during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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Diabetes: Damiana might affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use damiana.

Surgery: Since damiana seems to affect blood glucose levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using damiana at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

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Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with DAMIANA

Damiana might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking damiana along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
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Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
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The appropriate dose of damiana depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for damiana. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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The use of damiana in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Damiana is also known as Turnera diffusa, Mexican damiana, old woman’s broom, and herba de la pastora.

Damiana has been used as an aphrodisiac, to treat headaches, and to aid in the control of bed wetting.

Damiana has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of damiana may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
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What are the possible side effects of damiana ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to damiana may occur. 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.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects
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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;
have a history of breast cancer;
have a psychiatric disorder such as mania or schizophrenia;
have Alzheimer’s disease; or
have Parkinson’s disease.

The use of damiana may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above.
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Benefits of Damiana

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Damiana has two sub-species: turnera diffusa and turnera aphrodisiaca. It is found growing wild in the Americans and Africa. Also known as Mexican Damiana and Old Woman Broom, damiana has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, for gastrointestinal disorders and as a diuretic to increase the flow of urine. Although the FDA has not evaluated damiana for its effectiveness and safety, there are many benefits commonly associated with the drug.
Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Mexican people commonly use damiana when they have gastrointestinal problems. Damiana is said to have a positive impact as an anti-bacterial when it comes to the gastric tract.Damiana

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.
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Sexual Stimulant

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Damiana is commonly used to treat sexual dysfunction in women. One of the most popular supplements that contains damiana for this purpose is called ArginMax. The trouble with testing this supplement is that there are various other components like ginko, ginseng and multivitamins in it as well, so knowing the exact effect that damiana has in the mixture is difficult to determine.
Weight Loss

Extract from the damiana plant has also been used in certain weight loss supplements. One supplement, known as YGD, uses damiana, but as with the case of sexual stimulants, damiana is paired with other compounds and has not been subject to study for this purpose alone.
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Damiana [Turnera diffusa]

Damiana grows in hot and humid climates such as Central America and Southern Africa.

Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Traditionally, it is believed to benefit sexual disorders, allergies and infections. Essential oils
produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors
and tea. The most abundant constituents of the oils were caryophyllene oxide,
caryophyllene, delta-cadinene, elemene and 1,8-cineol. [2]

Researchers at Aeron Biotechnology tested 150 herbs for their relative capacity to compete
with estradiol and progesterone binding to intracellular receptors for progesterone (PR) and
estradiol (ER) in intact human breast cancer cells. They found that soy, licorice, red clover,
thyme, tumeric, hops, and verbena are the highest ER-binding herbs while oregano,
verbena, tumeric, thyme, red clover and damiana are the highest PR-binding herbs and
spices. In general, ER-binding herbal extracts were agonists, much like estradiol, whereas
PR-binding extracts, were neutral or antagonists. [3]

Researchers from University of Hawaii conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to
determine the role of dietary supplementation on sexual function in women of differing
menopausal status. In this study, the researchers supplied a herbal complex containing
L-arginine, ginseng, ginkgo, damiana, multivitamins, and minerals to 55 women with a low
sexual desire. After four weeks of treatment, premenopausal women primarily reported
significant improvement in level of sexual desire (72%) and satisfaction with overall sex life
(68%). While, among perimenopausal women, primary improvements were reported for
frequency of intercourse (86%), satisfaction with sexual relationship (79%), and vaginal
dryness (64%) compared with placebo group. POST women primarily showed an increased
in level of sexual desire(51%). Thus, researchers suggest its potential benefits in sexual
concerns. [1]

In another study of 77 women over the age of 21 years, 34 received a herbal preparation
containing extracts of ginseng, ginkgo, and damiana, L-arginine, multivitamins, and
minerals.After 4 weeks, 73.5% of the herb-treated group improved in satisfaction with their
overall sex life, compared with 37.2% of the placebo group. The researchers reported
notable improvements in sexual desire, reduction of vaginal dryness, frequency of sexual
intercourse and orgasm, and clitoral sensation. They reported no significant side effects in
the study. [5]

Researchers from Medical Center Charlottenlund, Denmark, noticed a herbal mixture
containing Yerbe Mate, Guarana and Damiana prolonged gastric emptying time and reduced
body weight in a study of 44 healthy overweight subjects. [4]

Side Effects of Damiana

Based on its action, it affects the female hormonal system, may cause stomach upset and
weight loss. Its side effects may also include stool loosening.

THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR
DOCTOR.
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Damiana is a small shrub with an aromatic leaf found on dry, sunny, rocky hillsides in south Texas, Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. The 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.