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Damiana

SCIENTIFIC TERM:

Turnera Diffusa

STREET NAMES:

Damiane, Oreganillo, The Bourrique, Mexican Damiana, Mexican Holly, Damiana De Guerrero, Damina.

EFFECTS:

Damiana is a safe and natural way to improve your health and lifestyle. Unlike many modern natral medications, there are few dangerous side effects of Damiana, although a rare allergic reaction is possible. Damiana is unusual among natural medications in the sense that you do not have to take it consistently to feel its powerful effects. However, all Damiana effects are gradually heightened as you take the supplement regularly and your body adjusts. This is in contrast to most modern medicines and even many herbal remedies, which generally dissipate from the body within a very short time if you do not choose to take them constantly.
 
DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

The leaves of the Damiana plant are used for medicinal purposes. These are usually dried but can be used fresh as well. The dried herb can be used as a tea or tincture, or it can be smoked or burned as incense.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

The medicinal effects of smoking Damiana leaf, or taking it in a tea or tincture, are three-fold. Damiana leaf is the medicinal part of the plant, and has been used traditionally as an aphrodisiac for men and women, a hormonal balancer, and an herbal anti-depressant with mild sedative action. As an aphrodisiac, Damiana may increase female libido and acts as a natural remedy for impotence in men, possibly by stimulating blood flow to the genitals. There is also evidence that Damiana leaf contains an oil which is antiseptic and stimulates the urinary tract when it is taken orally in tea.

LAW:

Damiena is legal in the UK.  A product known as "Black Mamba", labelled as containing "100% Damiana", has been on sale in the UK; ill effects from its use have been reported. "Black Mamba" (illegal in the UK) is a combination of Damiana and various synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, including JWH-018.

  1. Damiana, is a shrub native to Southwestern Texas in the United States, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.
  2. Damiana belongs to the family Passifloraceae (a family of flowering plants, containing about 530 species classified in around 27 genera. They include Trees, Shrubs, Lianas and Climbing Plants, and are mostly found in tropical regions).
  3. Damiana is a relatively small Shrub that produces small, Aromatic Flowers. It blossoms in early to late Summer and is followed by Fruits that taste similar to Figs
  4. The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea and an Incense which was used by native people of Central and South America for its relaxing effects.
  5. Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians and is used for both male and female sexual stimulation, increased energy, Asthma, Depression, Impotence and Menstrual problems.
  6. It is an Anti-Depressant and is known to strengthen and tonify the Central Nervous System and is used for emotional stress, including Anxiety, Depression and mood disorders. It is also thought to be helpful in conditions of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  7. It is a general Hormone balancer, and is used for Menstrual irregularities, including coming off the birth control pill, headaches, exhaustion and hot flushes.
  8. It is a tonic and diuretic and is also indicated as helpful in the conditions of nervous Stomach upsets, Colic, Gastric Ulcers and Constipation.
  9. The leaves contain substances like Essential Oil, Resins, Tannins, Starch, Arbutin, Barterin and a bitter substance known as Damianin.
  10. It has been used in folk medicine to treat Asthma and Bronchitis, particularly in Indian herbal medicine.
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