Damiana – a shrub-like, flowering plant native to the Gulf of Mexico, South Africa, and Caribbean – has a long and impressive history of use a natural aphrodisiac and potential treatment of sexual issues among both men and women. But did you know that it has also been started to be marketed for breast enlargement? It is added to herb-based formulas of breast creams and supplements, which are sold in physical stores or over the World Wide Web.
As a brief backgrounder, bigger, fuller breasts are no longer just because of breast augmentation surgery. Over time, a breast enhancer like a herbal pill can work to your advantage and make you go maybe a cup size or two bigger. This isn’t just lip service – these formulas are not government-tested for efficacy, but they are vouched for by customers who use them regularly. From weeks to a number of months of use, results will definitely show.
Here is some information you need to know about damiana and its breast enlargement benefit.
Botanical Profile and Composition
Damiana is scientifically known as Turnera diffusa. It is also known by different other names, including Turnera aphrodisiaca, Mexican holly, old woman’s broom, and herba de la pastora. As mentioned above, it is native to the Gulf of Mexico and the African and Caribbean regions.
The leaf of the damiana holds its medicinal properties. This lead is dried, taken in capsule form, and either prepared as a tea or processed into a liquid through alcohol extraction. Fresh damiana lead tastes like fig and has a chamomile-like smell, and it is harvested while the plant is flowering in summer.
The Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines states that damiana leaf has about 0.5 to 0.9 percent volatile oil – it is composed of different tannins, resins, and glycosides. Alpha and beta pinene, luteolin, arbutin, and damianin are among the primary active agents in this herb. Two additional compounds, namely pinocembrin and acacetin, have also been identified.
Traditional Uses and Benefits
South and Central Americans have used damiana leaf for centuries to incense and to make up its traditional Mexican liqueur aptly called Damiana. Traditional herbal medicine makes good use of damiana, too, for potential treatment of depression, anxiety, painful menstruation and menopause symptoms, and bladder and urinary issues. However, it is as natural potential treatment for sexual concerns (including low libido and impotence) that this herb is mostly used for.
In terms of addressing menopause symptoms, pinocembrin and acacetin have been seen to inhibit the activity of aromatase, which is an enzyme involved in estrogen synthesis. In fact, aromatase inhibitors are a drug class used to decrease the amount of estrogen available for binding hormone receptor-positive breast cancer cells. Thus damiana has been promoted not only for assisting in breast “augmentation,” but also for fighting breast cancer, a top killer among women.
There are certain warnings and reminders that come with use of herbs like damiana. For one, damiana compounds have been shown to interfere with diabetes drugs. The potential estrogenic effects, too, make damiana use restricted for breast cancer patients, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. According to the Drugs Information Online, it may also be hazardous for individuals with a history of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.