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Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca)

Definition: Primarily used for treating female disorders, damiana is considered a sexual restorative, a remedy for menopause and a reproductive system tonic. It is also considered a central nervous system stimulant.

Applications: Aphrodisiac, bronchitis, depression, emphysema, fatigue, female problems, hormonal imbalances, infertility, impotence, menopause, mood swings, Parkinson disease, PMS, prostate disorders and sexual dysfunction.

Scientific Updates: Clinical studies have found that damiana benefits sexual ability and nervous tension. Damiana has also been used to treat depression as a stimulating nervine. It has been applied in cases of chronic fatigue and mental exhaustion. Damiana contains beta-sitosterol, a compound . . . that could have some stimulant effect on the sexual apparatus or could help build sexual health and reproductivity.It is excellent when used in formulas with herbs such as ginseng, suma, sarsaparilla and saw palmetto. Damiana is useful for both female and male infertility.

Complementary Agents: Saw palmetto, dong quai, red raspberry, licorice, kelp, sarsaparilla, black cohosh, cramp bark, queen of the meadow, ginseng, squaw vine, gotu kola, vitamin E, bee pollen, bee propolis, B-complex, calcium/magnesium, potassium and marine lipids.

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