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Scientific name: Turnera diffusa syn. Turnera Aphrodisiaca
Family: Turneraceae
Habitat: The plant is found mainly in the region of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and southern Africa.


Essential oil, chlorophyl, two resins, albuminoids, tannin, hydroquinone glycosides, cyanogenic glycosides


Diuretic, laxative, stimulant and tonic.


Aphrodisiac (increases libido), treats sterility or sexual impotence, increases sexual appetite, antidepressant, stimulating tonic to the central nervous system and reproductive organs, tonic for fatigue, colds and body aches, nervous dyspepsia, antidepressant action, of value in renal and cystic catarrh, relieves irritation of the urinary passages and is a diuretic.

Also traditionally used as an anti-diabetic agent, for cachexia and in the case or over/underdeveloped breasts, incontinence of old people, chronic prostatic discharge, frigidity of females, and to aid the establishment of normal menstrual flow in young girls.

It is valuable in renal and cystic catarrh and in general irritation of the urinary passages, through its influence in soothing irritation of mucous membranes. (Ellingswood p.440)

Principal: Sexual dysfunction, decreased libido.
Major: For strengthening & stimulation during exertion (overwork), for boosting and maintaining physical and mental capacity.
Minor: Anxiety & depression associated with hormonal changes (e.g. menopause), nervous dyspepsia, constipation


Damiana herb consists of the herb of Turnera diffusa and its variations.

Medicinal Parts

The medicinal parts are the leaves harvested during the flowering season and tops.

Precautions and Adverse Reactions

No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.


– Patients with hypoglycaemia.
– Patients with overactive sympathetic nervous system activity.


Standard infusion: 2 to 4 onces.
Fresh Plant Tincture: [1:2] 20-30 drops.
Dry Plant Tincture: [1:5, 60% alcohol] 30-60 drops, all to 3X a day.(Herbal Energetics)
Tincture and fluid extract: 10 to 40 drops doses.
Tea: 1 teaspoon to each cup boiling water; infuse 15 minutes. 1/2 – 1 cup.
Tablets/capsules: One 300mg capsule or capsules after meals thrice daily.

Herbal Energetics and Materia Medica
Plants Used in Mexico Traditional Medicine
Bertram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bertram
Natural health Encyclopedia
PDR for Herbal Medicine pub. 2000 by Joerg Gruenwald, PhD etal
William Boericke – Pocket Manual Materia Medica
Petersen’s Materia Medica

The information provided here are for educational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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