The leaves of damiana were originally used as medicine by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. Today the plant is found in hot, humid climates, including Mexico and parts of Texas, the Caribbean, and southern Africa.
Damiana has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, particularly by the native peoples of Mexico. Other folk uses have included asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and various sexual disorders. It has also been promoted as a euphoria-inducing substance.
What it does
Damiana contain flavonoids, volatile oils and arbutin. It is said to be diuretic, anti-depressant, an aphrodisiac and general tonic to the nervous system and reproductive organs.
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Traditionally used as an enhance for sexual performance, it was also used as a tonic or to treat infections and irritations of the urinary system.
Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using damiana.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with damiana.