damiana

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damiana

Herbal medicine
An annual herb containing cineole, thymol and other volatile oils, such as cymene, calamenene (a cyanogenic glycosideresin), etc. It is said to be antimicrobial, laxative and stimulate sex hormone production, and has been used for depression, lethargy, hormone imbalances and urogenital disorders; some believe it to be an aphrodisiac.

Toxicity
Headaches, insomnia.

da·mi·a·na

(dah-mē-ah'nah)
Herbal made from Turnera diffusa; purported value as an aphrodisiac and weight-loss supplement; tetanic seizures reported.
Synonym(s): herba de la pastora, miziboc.
[Sp.]

damiana (däˑ·mē·ä·n),

n Latin name:
Turnera diffusa; part used: leaves; uses: aphrodisiac, diuretic, antidepressant; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with liver disease; can cause hallucinations, nausea, hepatotoxicity, irritation of the urethra. Also called
herba de la pastora, old woman's broom, and
rosemary.