Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

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Damiana
Turnera diffusa

 

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is also called Mexican Damiana and Mizib-coc. It is ruled by plutu and used as an aphrodisiac and tonic. In mexico, women commonly drink tea of Damiana before having sexual intercourse. Damiana is known to bring strength to the nervous system and treat depression. Tunera diffusa is a common admixture to herbal smoking blends.

Damiana includes the species Turnera diffusa and Turnera aphrodisiaca. These closely-related plants belong to the family of Turneraceae and grow wild in the subtropical regions of the Americas and Africa. Damiana is widely used in traditional medicine as an anti-cough, diuretic (increasing urine flow), and aphrodisiac agent. Recent studies in rats seem to support the folk reputation of Turnera diffusa as a sexual stimulant.

In the Mexican culture, damiana is used for gastrointestinal disorders. Damiana extract has shown antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, which may have gastrointestinal effects. Damiana appears on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list and is widely used as a food flavoring. However, because damiana contains low levels of cyanide-like compounds, excessive doses may be dangerous.