1. History and use
Native to the Gulf of Mexico, Baja California, the West Indies and Namibia, the damiana is grown extensively by sowing in the spring, in a hot, humid climate, and leaves are harvested in the summer, when flowering occurs.
2. Description of the plant
Damiana was used as an aphrodisiac by the Mayans of Central America, and even today it is recognized as a virtue, while also considered as an excellent tonic, indicated in cases of mild depression. The leaves are used to flavor liqueurs and, in Mexico, as a substitute for tea.
3. Curative action
Damiana is a restorative tonic of the nervous system, it has always been considered an aphrodisiac and its stimulating action is due to the presence of thymol, an antiseptic and tonic component.
Damiana has a stimulating action on the body and mind and is recommended for people suffering from mild depression or nervous fatigue and its stimulating properties are appreciated when, at the time of depression, associate with the phenomena of anxiety, especially after a prolonged period of stress.
- Sexual stimulant
Damiana, which acts on male hormones testosterone, has been used in cases of premature ejaculation or impotence and is also effective in women because it strengthens organs genital.
- Gynecological Disorders
Damiana is often prescribed for painful or irregular periods of menstruation, or for the treatment of headaches associated with it.
- Urinary antiseptic
Naturally diuretic, damiana is also a urinary antiseptic, which is recommended against cystitis or urethritis. lt owes this effect to arbutin, which is converted into hydroquinone (antiseptic powerful) in the urinary system.
Also (antiseptic powerful) in the urinary system.Also found arbutin in many other plants, including uva-ursi.
Damiana is a mild laxative, which is indicated in cases of constipation caused by laziness of intestinal muscles.
Antidepressant tincture and nervous stimulant.
In case of mild depression, take 30 drops diluted in water 4 times a day.
Infusion Tonic and Recommended for Urinary Tract Infections Drink one cup daily to tone the body.