Turnera diffusa (Damiana)

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GENERIC NAME: Turnera diffusa


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Turnera diffusa is a natural herbal supplement. The exact mechanism of how Turnera diffusa works is not known. Turnera diffusa is believed to have stimulant, antidepressant, mood improving, libido enhancing, euphoric, and nervous system restorative properties. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Turnera diffusa compounds.



PREPARATIONS: Turnera diffusa is available in capsules, dried leaf extract, liquid extract, and powder forms. Concentration of Turnera diffusa may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Turnera diffusa, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices. Some products are stored at room temperature.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Turnera diffusa is commonly used to improve sexual desire. It is also used for headache, bedwetting, constipation, depression, and improvement in mental and physical capacity.

DOSING: There are no established doses. The dose for one commercial product for adults is one capsule (450 mg) three times daily, preferably with meals. Capsules may be place in meals. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Turnera diffusa compounds.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no established drug interactions with Turnera diffusa.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of Turnera diffusa use in pregnant women. It is not intended for use by pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether Turnera diffusa enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: There are no adverse effects reported.


Medscape. Damiana (Herbs/Suppl)

National Institute of Health Dietary Supplement Label Database. Turnera diffusa.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014

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