diffusa) is a small shrub that is native to parts of North and
Central America. It grows in Texas and Mexico, and has been
used for centuries as an aphrodisiac in Central
America--primarily by women, who drank damiana tea prior to
lovemaking. The Damiana shrub can grow up to six and a half
feet tall, and the entire plant has a characteristic aroma
that most people describe as pleasant--and similar to
chamomile--due to an essential oil present in the plant. The
dried leaves of the damiana plant, or damiana plant extracts,
are available in most health food stores.
Although there has
been little scientific research done on damiana, and no
clinical studies have been conducted on its effects, chemical
analysis shows that damiana contains alkaloids similar to
caffeine that can have physiologically-stimulating effects.
These alkaloids can stimulate blood flow to the genital area,
and they are sometimes reputed to increase sensitivity in the
region. In addition to these caffeine-like alkaloids, damiana
also contains a mildly irritating oil that some people believe
stimulates the genitourinary tract.
Many people--both men
and women--say that damiana makes them feel sexually aroused,
but women are said to be especially responsive to damiana. I
first heard enthusiastic reports about damiana from the
participants in my sex and drug workshops. Some couples would
simply rave about the sexual benefits of drinking Damiana tea.
Also, more than a few people told me that they experience a
mild euphoria for several hours after using damiana, and that
itís effects are similar to low doses of cannabis.
recommend damiana as a general tonic for the reproductive
system, and say that, in addition to being an aphrodisiac, it
can also be used to help treat depression and anxiety. It is
primarily used by women to treat low libido, although
sometimes itís also recommended as a treatment for urinary and
vaginal infections, as well as menstrual problems. Herbalists
recommend it to men as a remedy for impotence, premature
ejaculation, and prostate complaints.
To buy Damiana