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Damiana is an herb with yellow flowers. The leaves have been used to improve sexual function and breathing. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Damiana can also be made into a tea.


There are no advised doses for damiana.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

  • Female sexual function A1
  • Weight Loss B1

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take damiana in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


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A. Female Sexual Function

A1. Ito TY, Trant AS, et al. A double-blind placebo-controlled study of ArginMax, a nutritional supplement for enhancement of female sexual function. J Sex Marital Ther. 2001 Oct-Dec;27(5):541-549.

B. Weight Loss

B1. Andersen T, Fogh J. Weight loss and delayed gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in overweight patients. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2001 Jun;14(3):243-250.

Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 5/6/2020