Damiana, also known by its botanical name Turnera diffusa, is a shrub from which the leaves and stems are used.
Damiana supplements are stimulants, mood enhancers and also an anti-inflammatory. As a general tonic these supplements have been used to treat headache, depression, nervous stomach, bedwetting and constipation. Used in combination with other herbs it may be helpful for weight loss. There is also benefit to diabetics due to its blood sugar lowering effect. However care should be taken if using diabetes medication as the interaction could lower blood sugars too far. Best to take at least 2 hours away from medication and monitor blood sugar levels.
Damiana herb known for its hormonal effects, it has been used traditionally as an aphrodisiac. Studies have shown it to have an effect on oestrogen and testosterone and can assist with a range of sexual problems such as sexual dysfunction, low libido and sexual satisfaction.
Research supports the use of this herb for sexual problems and weight loss.
Considered a safe herb, it is however not recommended in pregnancy.