Benefits of Damiana
The herbal supplement damiana is claimed to have many benefits. For example, it has been hailed as a treatment for bedwetting, constipation, and indigestion. People may also take it to increase stamina and as an aphrodisiac. However, it is unknown if all of these claims are actually true.
An Overview of Damiana BenefitsDamiana is a shrubby plant that is sometimes used as a dietary supplement. It is often claimed to be beneficial for the following conditions:
Damiana is also used to increase physical and mental stamina, and as an aphrodisiac. It may also provide a mild "high." Damiana comes in many forms, such as dried leaves, extracts, liquors, and capsules. People take it orally as a supplement, drink it in alcoholic beverages, and smoke it.
Depending on the form, damiana is regulated as a food, alcohol, or dietary supplement in the United States. Damiana is not a controlled substance or an illegal drug.
There is little scientific evidence proving that damiana is beneficial for any use (see Does Damiana Work? for more information). As with many herbal remedies, claims for damiana's benefits are sometimes exaggerated, and such claims must be evaluated critically. Most importantly, it is essential to remember that natural products should not be used carelessly, as many can be quite toxic (for instance, many poisons are natural products).
How Does Damiana Work?It is not known how damiana may work, either for recreational use (to achieve a mild "high") or for medicinal uses.