Damiana leaf powder (Turnera aphrodisiaca) (Turnera diffusa) Damiana Powder

Turnera aphrodisiaca

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Damiana has long been used around the world as a general sexual tonic for both men and women.* For more information damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca), please refer to the Database File for Damiana in the Tropical Plant Database. See pictures of damiana here. Check out the new Discussion Forums to see if anyone is talking about how they are using this natural rainforest remedy.

Traditional Uses:* as a male and female sexual stimulant used to treat erectile dysfunction and anorgasmia; to tone, balance, and strengthen the central nervous system and for emotional stress, depression, and anxiety; for general hormonal balancing; for nervous stomach, colic, and dyspepsia; for mood disorders (hypochondria, obsessive compulsive disorder, neurosis, paranoia, etc.)

Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup amounts, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.

  • Not to be used while pregnant.
  • Animal studies suggest that damiana has hypoglycemic actions. People with low blood sugar should be monitored more closely for this possible effect.

Drug Interactions: Damiana might enhance the action of antidiabetic drugs.

Third-Party Published Research*

All available third-party research on damiana can be found at PubMed.A partial listing of the published research on damiana is shown below:

Libido & Sexual Stimulation Actions:
Estrada-Reyes, R., et al. "Turnera diffusa Wild (Turneraceae) recovers sexual behavior in sexually exhausted males." J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Jun 25;123(3):423-9.
Kumar, S., et al. "Pharmacognostic standardization of Turnera aphrodisiaca Ward." J. Med. Food. 2006 Summer; 9(2): 254-60.
Rowland, D. L., et al. “A review of plant-derived and herbal approaches to the treatment of sexual dysfunctions.” J. Sex Marital Ther. 2003 May-Jun; 29(3): 185-205.
Arletti, R., et al. “Stimulating property of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata extracts on the sexual-behavior of male rats." Psychopharmacology. 1999; 143(1): 15–19.
Jiu, J. “A survey of some medicinal plants of Mexico for selected biological activity.” Lloydia. 1966; 29: 250–59.

Adaptogenic % Cellular Protective Actions:
Taha, M., et al. "Gastroprotective activities of Turnera diffusa Willd. ex Schult. revisited: Role of arbutin." J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 May 7;141(1):273-81.
Torres-González, L., et al. "Protective effect of four Mexican plants against CClv(4)-induced damage on the Huh7 human hepatoma cell line." Ann Hepatol. 2011 Jan-Mar;10(1):73-9.
Mendes, F., et al. "Brazilian plants as possible adaptogens: An ethnopharmacological survey of books edited in Brazil." J. Ethnopharmacol. 2007 Feb 12; 109(3): 493-500.

Hormonal Actions:
Zhao, J., et al. "Anti-aromatase activity of the constituents from damiana (Turnera diffusa)." J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Dec 8;120(3):387-93.
Zava, D. T., et al. “Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs and spices.” Proc. Soc. Exp. Biol. Med. 1998; 217(3): 369–78.

Anti-Anxiety Actions:
Kumar, S., et al. "Estimation of Apigenin, an Anxiolytic Constituent, in Turnera aphrodisiaca." Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008 Nov;70(6):847-51.
Kumar, S., et al. "Pharmacological evaluation of Bioactive Principle of Turnera aphrodisiaca." Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008 Nov;70(6):740-4.
Kumar, S., et al. "Anti-anxiety activity studies of various extracts of Turnera aphrodisiaca Ward." J. Herb Pharmacother. 2005; 5(4): 13-21.
Kumar, S., et al. “Anti-anxiety activity studies on homoeopathic formulations of Turnera aphrodisiaca Ward.” Evid. Based Complement. Alternat. Med. 2005 Mar; 2(1): 117-119.

Anti-obesity Actions:
Andersen, T., et al. “Weight loss and delayed gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in overweight patients.” J. Hum. Nutr. Diet. 2001; 14(3): 243–50.

Antispasmodic, Pain-Relieving & Vasodilator Actions:
Kumar, S., et al. "Pharmacological evaluation of Bioactive Principle of Turnera aphrodisiaca." Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008 Nov;70(6):740-4.
Hnatyszyn, O., et al. “Argentinian plant extracts with relaxant effect on the smooth muscle of the corpus cavernosum of guinea pig.” Phytomedicine. 2003 Nov; 10(8): 669-74.

Antimicrobial Actions:
Bueno, J., et al. "Composition of three essential oils, and their mammalian cell toxicity and antimycobacterial activity against drug resistant-tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria strains." Nat Prod Commun. 2011 Nov;6(11):1743-8.
Hernandez, T., et al. “Ethnobotany and antibacterial activity of some plants used in traditional medicine of Zapotitlan de las Salinas, Puebla (Mexico).” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2003 Oct; 88(2-3): 181-8.

Hypoglycemic Actions:
Alarcon-Aguilara, F. J., et al. “Investigation on the hypoglycaemic effects of extracts of four Mexican medicinal plants in normal and alloxan-diabetic mice.” Phythother. Res. 2002; 16(4): 383–86.
Alarcon-Aguilara, F. J., et al. “Study of the anti-hyperglycemic effect of plants used as antidiabetics.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1998; 61(2): 101–10.

Antioxidant Actions:
Lucio-Gutiérrez, J.., et al. "Multi-wavelength high-performance liquid chromatographic fingerprints and chemometrics to predict the antioxidant activity of Turnera diffusa as part of its quality control." J Chromatogr A. 2012 Apr 27;1235:68-76.
Garza-Juárez, A., et al. "Correlation between chromatographic fingerprint and antioxidant activity of Turnera diffusa (Damiana)." Planta Med. 2011 Jun;77(9):958-63.
Pérez-Meseguer, J., et al. "Development and validation of an HPLC-DAD analytical procedure for quality control of damiana (Turnera diffusa), using an antioxidant marker isolated from the plant." J AOAC Int. 2010 Jul-Aug;93(4):1161-8.

Constituents Identified:
Alcaraz-Melendez, L., et al. "Analysis of essential oils from wild and micropropagated plants of damiana (Turnera diffusa)." Fitoterapia. 2004 Dec; 75(7-8): 696-701.
Godoi, A., et al. "Application of low-pressure gas chromatography-ion-trap mass spectrometry to the analysis of the essential oil of Turnera diffusa (Ward.) Urb." J. Chromatogr A. 2004 Feb; 1027(1-2): 127-30.
Auterhoff, H., et al. "Contents of damiana drugs." Arch. Pharm. Ber. Dtsch. Pharm. Ges. 1968; 301(7): 537-44.

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