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Damiana Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings

  • Excessive dosage may cause one to feel disoriented and lightheaded or experience headache or insomnia.

  • May have an effect on blood sugar.
    - J Ethnopharmacol 1998 Jun;61(2):101-10 -- Study of the anti-hyperglycemic effect of plants used as antidiabetics. -- Alarcon-Aguilara FJ, Roman-Ramos R, Perez-Gutierrez S, Aguilar-Contreras A, Contreras-Weber CC, Flores-Saenz JL.

  • May stimulate sexual behavior.
    - Psychopharmacology (Berl) 1999 Mar;143(1):15-9 -- Stimulating property of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata extracts on the sexual-behavior of male rats. -- Arletti R, Benelli A, Cavazzuti E, Scarpetta G, Bertolini A.

  • Consider a mild diuretic, mild laxative, can cause contractions of the intestinal tract and may have testosterone-like effects.

  • Not recommended if you have gastrointestinal or kidney disorders
    - Duke JA. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs.-- Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 492.

last update: March 2014

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