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Damiana

Damiana was first recorded by Spanish missionaries, who described how Mexican Indians drank it as an aphrodisiac tea. Dubbed the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ in some cultures, it has been used to boost sexual potency in South America since Mayan times. It comes from a wild shrub that grows in Central and South America. It’s been officially designated a ‘national treasure’ in Mexico and the export of live plants is prohibited.

Its sexual boosting properties are endorsed by Dr. Ray Sahelian in his book Natural Sex Boosters. He suggests it is most effective when used together with other sexual performance enhancing herbs like Tribulus Terrestris and Horny Goat Weed. Dr. Sahelian’s findings support a 2009 ethnopharmacological study by Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry, which accepted the use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac, and as a treatment for sexual dysfunction.

Damiana and sexual dysfunction

Damiana is used to treat sexual performance in a number ways, including:

  • Support for impotence.
  • Relieving frigidity. Damiana increases sensual pleasure by increasing blood flow to the clitoris. It also helps revive sex drive in menopausal women by increasing testosterone levels.
  • As a mood enhancer, to alleviates stress, anxiety and mild depression in both men and women.
  • For exhaustion. No human clinical studies have been done to test the effect of Damiana on extreme fatigue. However, a study of lab rats showed increased sexual behaviour in exhausted male rats.
  • Weight loss. Damiana is potentially most effective when combined with other herbs that work to suppress appetite, like guarana and yerba mate. A 2011 Danish study showed a capsule of these combined ingredients taken before a meal resulted in a longer-lasting feeling of satiation and significant weight loss. Many patents have been filed for weight loss pills containing Damiana.
  • Increased sexual response. Damiana introduces higher oxygen levels into the genital area from increased blood flow. Anecdotal evidence also suggests it calms, relaxes and balances hormones, leading to improved sexual response and orgasms.

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How Does Damiana Work?

The compound Damianin – a chemical essential to the plant’s structure – has been shown to create a relaxing effect on the central nervous system. It has also been shown to have a hypoglycemic effect, prompting discussion about its potential for diabetic and weight loss therapies.

The Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines recognises Damiana leaf as an herbal supplement that may be helpful for conditions like decreased libido, inflammation, and weight loss.

Taken before bedtime, it relaxes a woman for lovemaking and gives a mildly euphoric sensation for a couple of hours. It may even spark the occasional erotic dream.

Cautions about Damiana use

Web MD advises that Damiana is generally safe, but it should not be taken by those who have diabetes, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or breast cancer. It’s also not recommended for children, or for women who are pregnant, or breast-feeding.

Drug Digest points to animal studies of Damiana that found it can alter blood sugar levels. Anyone with diabetes should avoid taking Damiana, or at least consult a physician before starting a Damiana herbal regimen.

Herbal Ignite for women’s libido

If you’re searching for a great Damiana-based supplement for libido, consider Herbal Ignite for Women. It’s an all-natural supplement that balances hormones and lifts sexual response. Herbal Ignite contains potent rainforest herbs used successfully by Ancient South American civilisations for centuries.

Taken daily as a supplement, Herbal Ignite for Women will revive libido, relieve hot flushes and exhaustion and improve sleep. Herbal Ignite for Women with Damiana will help you experience new energy levels and a more satisfying and fulfilling love life.

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Warning: Use as directed. If you are on prescription medicines for angina or heart disease, check with your doctor before use

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