People use damiana for a slight "high", as an aphrodisiac, to treat stomach complaints, and for other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Sexual problems that prevent satisfaction during sexual activity.
- As an aphrodisiac.
- Athletic performance.
- Nervous upset stomach.
- Boosting mental and physical stamina.
- Symptoms of menopause.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- For a "high", when inhaled.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if damiana is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Damiana might affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use damiana.
Surgery: Since damiana seems to affect blood glucose levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using damiana at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with DAMIANA
Damiana might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking damiana along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (Diabeta, Glynase PresTabs, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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