Damiana - Tee
In the early twentieth century, damiana was introduced to Europe from American folk medicine. It was recommended as a tonic and aphrodisiac, incorporated with other agents considered of benefit in sexual debility.1
The BHP lists the specific indication for damiana as anxiety neurosis with a predominant sexual factor, and lists other indications as depression, nervous dyspepsia, atonic constipation and coital inadequacy.2
Grieve lists damiana as being a mild purgative, diuretic and tonic, acting directly on the reproductive organs; also stimulant, hypochondriastic, aphrodisiac.3
1Stuart M, (ed), 1979, The Colour Dictionary of Herbs & Herbalism, Orbis Publishing, London, p 147.
2British Herbal Medicine Association, 1983, British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, West Yorks, p 29.
3Grieve M, 1994 (first published in 1931), A Modern Herbal, Tiger Books International, London, p 249.
6 to 12 g per day.
20 to 40 mL per week (1:2).
anxiety, constipation, depression, dyspepsia, nervous, fibroids, nervous tension
irritable bowel syndrome , nervous system, overactive
antidepressant, male tonic, nervine tonic, stomachic
Approximately 0.5% essential oil, with individual sesquiterpenes and monoterpenes. Monoterpenes present include alpha-pinene, beta-pinene and thymol;
Up to 0.7% arbutin;
Cyanogenic glycosides - tetraphyllin B;
Also resins, gums, tannins, flavonoids and alkaloids.
1Fisher C & Painter G, 1996, Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere, self-published, p 232.