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Damiana, Turnera diffusa
Parts used: Stem and leaves.
Constituents: Volatile oil, Arbutin, Cyanogenic glycosides, Bitter, Resins, Gums, Flavonoids, Alkaloids, Chlorophyll, terpenes and sterols.
Actions: Tonic, Anti-depressant, Stomachic, Purgative mild, Diuretic mild, Male Tonic, Aphrodisiac, Endocrine tonic.
To nervous system; Depression, Mental dullness and absent mindedness, neuralgia, HSV II decreases attacks due to stress, exhaustion, infertility, nervous dyspepsia, shingles.
Slow painful digestion, epigastric fullness, appetite loss, atonic constipation.
Chronic urinary tract infection, dysuria.
Impotence, low sexual interest, sexual inadequacies of psychosocial or emotional origin, premature ejaculation (balances testosterone), benign prostate enlargement.
Specific for: anxiety neurosis or depression with a predominant sexual factor i.e. from impotence, frigidity, with grief, exhaustion.
Regulates pituitary; incl with hypo-thyroid, menopausal syndrome, pms.
Herbal extract: 20-40mL per week.
Energetics: pungent, bitter Heating. Dosha: VK- P+.
Meridians: Kidney.
Contraindications: PCOD (excess testosterone).
Caution: interferes with iron absorption.