Damiana herb extract usually come in powdered capsule form or as a liquid tincture created from the extract added to alcohol or water. The extract is taken from Turnera diffusa, a common shrub in Central and South America. The leaves of Damiana have long been used due to its medicinal properties on digestive and bronchial systems. Perhaps the most popular use of herbal extract is its effect of enhancing libido. Claims also suggest its effectiveness in treating indigestion and mood problems.
It is thought that the Damiana leaf extract has an ability to balance hormone levels. It can also help in fighting depression and anxiety. Because the Damiana herb extract stimulates blood circulation by kicking up the blood flow in every part of the body, it can increase metabolism and boost energy levels, which in turn may result to possible weight loss. Today, the extract is added to several energy drinks for this specific reason.
Damiana is a popular treatment against certain digestive discomforts such as constipation. It is because the effect of the herb extract to the gut is quite similar to how parsley works, by acting as a diuretic and laxative. On other hand, it is also believed to relieve dysentery and diarrhea. Damiana herb extract is believed to affect the nervous system by acting as an anti-depressant, reducing nervousness, anxious feelings and mild depression. It promotes a feeling of well-being. Based on folklore medicine, Damiana extract also treats headaches, common colds, cough, enuresis, nephritis and dysmenorrheal pains.
Being a blood purifier, Damiana extract has aromatic oil, mainly composed of terpenes, a chemical substance commonly found in plants. This means Damiana has a similar chemical category to the compounds typically found in parsley and junipers. This type of oil irritates the mucosal lining and helps in its production while reducing the thickness of the fluids that make up these linings. In the case of Damiana, this mechanism is most distinguished in the reproductive and urinary systems. The common safe dose of Damiana are 0.5 grams of dried leaves, 1 teaspoon of fresh leaf, 0.5 grams of leaf extract, 3 grams of alcohol extract and 2 ml of water extract.
For centuries, Damiana herb has long been used as a natural aphrodisiac for both men and women. Evidence suggests that the plant was first used by both Mayan and Aztec civilizations, based on reports by Spanish missionaries. The leaves of the plant were boiled into a tea, which was sweetened with sugar and other ingredients. Because of its effect in boosting one’s mood and increasing blood flow into the genital area and easing of digestion problems, the Damiana extract is believed to increase sexual desire, stimulation and performance. Many women claim that the extract can alleviate menstrual cramps.
If you choose to take Damiana herbal extract in its tincture form, it is not recommended to ingest a concentrated mixture because of its very bitter taste and high potency. It is better to dissolve it into a glass of water, juice or into a piece of bread. Just like other plant-based supplements, allergic reactions may occur because of taking Damiana extract. In addition, Damiana has the effect of inhibiting iron absorption so refrain from taking it if you have anemia.