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Other Names:

Grass of the shepherd, Herb of the Hangman, Herb's Deer, White Malva, Marjoram, Oregano Cimarron, Rompecamisas Macho, Turnera.

The leaves of this plant, pleasant flavor of the aromatic, are used in Mexico as a substitute for tea, and enjoy well - deserved reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Habitat: Southern United States, Mexico and Central American countries. Is absent in Europe.

Description: shrub of the family of Turneráceas, which reaches to 2 meters in height. The leaves are small and margins jagged, more apparent from the underside. Their flowers are small, colored blue or yellow, born in the armpit and upper leaf.

Used parts: the leaves.

Properties and indications: the leaves contain an essential oil (rich in cineol, and cimol pinene) the glycoside arbutina, initially bitter, tannin and resin. Its medicinal properties do not depend on any of these compounds in particular, but are the result of the combination of them all. They are:

Toning nervous: its use is successful in case of fatigue, weakness, intellectual or physical exhaustion and stress. Unlike other stimulants, their action is mild and not addictive.

Stimulant of the genital organs: it has determined that an increase in the number and vitality of the sperm. In women, regulates the menstrual cycle and stimulates the functions of the ovary. In both sexes has a revitalizing effect and aphrodisiac, which unlike other sexual stimulants, has no known side effects. Indicated in case of male impotence, premature ejaculation and espermatorrea (involuntary spilling of semen) Mild diuretic. Psycho - physical fatigue, depression, cystitis, urethritis, asthma, bronchitis. Impotence.

Usage: infusion of 60 to 90 grams of leaves per liter of water. Take 2 or 3 cups daily. In extracts in the form of various pharmaceutical preparations.

Active Principles.

Essential oil (0. 5 - 1%) with cineol, alpha - and beta - pinene, p - cymene, thymol, Sesquiterpenes (alpha - copaeno, cadineno - delta, calameneno) Tannins (3. 5%) heterósidos hydroquinone: arbutósido; Heterósidos cyanogenic; alkaloids (7%) beta - sitosterol, damianina (bitter principle) resin (6 - 14%) rubber (13. 5%) protein (15%)

Drug Action.

Tonic stimulant of the central nervous system. Diuretic, urinary antiseptic, expectorant, laxative - laxative (depending on the dose) Popularly is considered an aphrodisiac.


Pregnancy, lactation (for the presence of alkaloids) Anxiety, insomnia, tachycardia, irritable bowel syndrome (for their stimulating effect on the central nervous system)

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

We recommend not to associate with other stimulant drugs (coffee, tea, guarana, cola, ginseng, etc)

Side Effects.

In high doses is purgative.

Caution / Poisoning.

Prescribing treatments in the form of short and discontinuous.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: One tablespoon per cup dessert. One to three a day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops once or twice a day.

Dry extract (5: 1) 100 - 300 mg / capsule. One or two a day.


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