Damiana Extract is an aphrodisiac supplement made from the leaves of the damiana plant (Turnera aphrodisiaca). It is designed to increase sexual desire, reduce stress linked to sexual problems, and improve sensitivity and orgasm frequency.
Traditionally recognised as a sex tonic, damiana contains a number of specific compounds which give it its physiological effects.
Who is Damiana Extract aimed at?
Damiana Extract is for anyone who wants to rekindle the flame of desire and increase their sexual activity.
It is also for:
- women who find it difficult to achieve orgasm;
- women who have lost interest in sex and erotic fantasies;
- men who frequently have erectile problems (who are unable to achieve an erection or maintain a firm enough erection) ;
- men and women whose sexual desire has deserted them;
- men and women who block out the thought of sexual activity or find it repellent;
- men and women who feel anxious or stressed about sexual activity.
What is in Damiana Extract and how does it work?
Turnera aphrodisiaca is a small American shrub with a long history of therapeutic use. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the Maya people used its leaves – which they called mizibcoc – to treat dizziness and to make an aphrodisiac drink. The plant was subsequently included in several European and American pharmacopoeia, primarily for its effects as a sexual stimulant. The famous British Herbal Pharmacopoeia included other applications such as impotence-related anxiety, depression and coital incapacity.
These effects are the result of several substances present in damiana leaves, as well as in the essential oil and shoots: terpene compounds, caffeine, arbutin, β-sitosterol (phytosterols), as well as flavonoids such as apigenin, damianin and echinacin (1-3).
It is the flavonoids which are largely responsible for damiana’s effects on sex drive (4). They help stimulate blood flow, increase testosterone production in men and improve ejaculation problems. More specifically, apigenin promotes mental relaxation and physical well-being, both of which are essential for fostering healthy sexual activity, while caffeine acts as a natural tonic. Two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies (5-6) have demonstrated the efficacy of natural products containing damiana extracts for increasing sexual desire and frequency of orgasms, particularly in perimenopausal women.
Damiana has other applications too: it plays a role in weight control, dysmenorrhea (an oestrogenic action), benign prostatic hyperplasia (an anti-aromatase effect), and pre-menstrual syndrome, and also fights oxidative stress.
How should Damiana Extract be taken?
To obtain significant effects, it’s advisable to take a daily dose of 2-3 capsules for several weeks.
For men with erectile problems, it can be combined with Prosexstim, a natural stimulant of erectile function. To promote greater relaxation and well-being, a better combination choice is Super Ashwagandha an Ayurveda extract ofWithania somnifera.
Although damiana is very well-tolerated, it can have blood sugar-lowering effects, which may well overlap with those of plants or supplements with a hypoglycaemic action (such as berberine).
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