DAMIANA (TURNERA APHRODISIACA)Low libido? Damiana is an aphrodisiac herb that will heat up your sex drive.
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Gentle tonic from the American subtropics. Mexicans used its caffeine like alkaloids to increase stamina. Where Saw Palmetto is a nutritive restorative, damiana is a stimulant restorative that acts through sympathetic nervous stimulation. It treats weak, atonic and damp/congestive conditions (source: Holmes, The Energetics of Western Herbs).
It is both testosteronic and progesteronic. Testosterone is perfect for heating up low libido, and rebuilding weak muscle. This property strengths muscles such as the bladder, where it counteracts urinary incontinence.
Progesterone helps women with delayed menstruation and low self esteem.
As a general pungent stimulant, it stimulates digestion and expectoration (like Thyme or elecampagne), clearing damp from the lungs.
SUGGESTED USE1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines
Biocharacteristics of Damiana
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Anti Aging, Energy Vitality, Reproductive Health
Geriatric conditions typically involve low agni / metabolism, poor circulation, weakness & debility, muscle weakening, poor digestion, a drop in sex hormones, and connective tissue degradation in bones & skin.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Damiana
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An herb that tonifies and strengthens the urinary system. These can be helpful for urinary incontinence or improving function after a urinary tract infection. They can also strengthen the bladder to ward off a urinary tract infection.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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Progeserone is the pregnancy hormone. It raises body temperature (Pitta), and suppresses menstruation. It is generally more extroverted.
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An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Damiana
Tahini has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Promotes-fertility, Warms-abdomen, Builds-stamina, Promotes-virility
Almonds has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Aphrodisiac, Nervine, Builds-stamina, Promotes-virility
Stinging Nettles has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Urinary-tonic, Builds-stamina, Strengthens-resolve, Kidney-tonic, Testosteronic
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Expectorant, Strengthens-resolve, Promotes-virility, Warms-abdomen
Flower / Bee Pollen
Flower / Bee Pollen has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Builds-stamina, Stimulates-energy, Promotes-fertility, Aphrodisiac
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
Promotes-fertility, Builds-stamina, Promotes-virility, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy
Rose Petals has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Progesteronic, Aphrodisiac, Promotes-fertility, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Warms-abdomen, Expectorant, Aphrodisiac, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Aphrodisiac, Stimulates-energy, Digestive, Testosteronic, Expectorant
Shrimp has these Actions in Common
Kidney-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Builds-stamina, Warms-abdomen
Lamb has these Actions in Common
Builds-stamina, Warms-abdomen, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Strengthens-resolve
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Damiana
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Strengthens-resolve, Antidepressant, Testosteronic, Aphrodisiac, Urinary-tonic, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Progesteronic, Promotes-virility
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Find a true source of hope has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Promotes-virility
Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common
Progesteronic, Promotes-fertility, Testosteronic, Aphrodisiac, Urinary-tonic, Digestive, Expectorant, Kidney-tonic, Nervine
Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common
Testosteronic, Antidepressant, Builds-stamina, Digestive, Expectorant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Stimulates-energy
Balarishta- Vitality Tonic
Balarishta- Vitality Tonic has these Actions in Common
Aphrodisiac, Builds-stamina, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen
Bala has these Actions in Common
Promotes-fertility, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Urinary-tonic, Aphrodisiac, Builds-stamina, Nervine
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Builds-stamina, Digestive, Expectorant, Nervine, Promotes-virility
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Builds-stamina, Digestive, Expectorant, Nervine
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Urinary-tonic, Builds-stamina, Digestive, Kidney-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common
Builds-stamina, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Testosteronic, Urinary-tonic, Aphrodisiac
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Damiana may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.