The scientific nomenclature of the plant, Turnera widespread, is due to William Turner, the English naturalist who first classified it. However, it is commonly known to the “general public” by the “vulgar” name of damiana: this small shrub, native to the tropical area (Texas, Mexico, Central, and South America), is characterized by oval leaves and yellow flowers with an intense aroma. Online it is often spoken of as a sexual tonic, but what should you expect from its use and how to make the most of it? Find out in this article on damiana ownership.
DAMIANA OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED PROPERTY
Damiana boasts specific properties, also recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health. The extract obtained from the leaves and the tops of the plant can give the following benefits:
- tonic (physical, mental fatigue);
- regularity of intestinal transit ;
- digestive function ;
- drainage of body fluids and functionality of the urinary tract .
In herbal medicine, therefore, damiana is essentially used as a tonic and as such is present in the formulation of specific supplements (often in synergy with other nutrients and plants with an energizing action, such as Muira Pauma).
It is commercially available in different forms, such as dry extract, capsules, liquid extracts, herbal teas, or alcoholic beverages. The best way to take advantage of its properties is, however, to choose products, liquids, or tablets, which contain the ‘ total extract of the plant, i.e. throughout the plant complex.
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DAMIANA PROPERTIES AND TIMING OF INTAKE: PHYTOTHERAPY STUDIES
There are several phytotherapy texts that deal with the properties of damiana and, in particular, on its mechanism of action. It has in fact been discovered that this plant “works by improving blood circulation in the genital area, but to obtain appreciable results you have to wait a few weeks” (Francesco Perugini Billi, Handbook of Phytotherapy, Junior Editions).
THE USE OF THE PLANT OVER THE CENTURIES: FROM THE MAYA TO THE PRESENT DAY
Also known as “Mexican tea “, damiana was already known centuries ago to the Maya, who used it as a “miraculous” remedy capable of giving tone and as a stimulating aphrodisiac.
Today in Mexico it is still widely used, often without scientific confirmation, as a natural remedy for various problems (migraines, digestive difficulties, and lack of sexual “tone”, just to name a few). Furthermore, in Caribbean cults, the plant is consecrated to the voodoo goddess of love.
Regardless of myths and legends, it is however undeniable that effectively counteracting tiredness and regaining the lost tone is the first step to give “sprint” back to one’s social life.