Damiana is a native of Mexico and was introduced to the Southwestern U.S. in the mid 1800s. It is a member of the Turneraceae family, which is a small species. Most of the plants in this family are subtropical.
Damiana is primarily used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. For this purpose it is often paired with other herbs, including maca and horny goat weed. Damiana can increase blood flow to the region, without necessarily increasing blood prssure. It can also be a sexual stimulant.
Native peoples also considered it useful for depression, anxiety and other nervous complaints. Some studies indicate that it may strengthen the nervous system.
Preparation methods vary, but include capsules, teas and extracts. It is important to note that some products, especially those that are not standardized extracts, may not have enough of the active ingredient to be of any use.
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