Fearless Tamer

It was worshipped by the ancients of Central America from the beginning of time, but its name derives from the Ancient Greek daman or damia, meaning ’to tame’. Damiana is wild, unique, but it has the power to tame and control – as if it holds the entire universe within, yin and yang. And, above all, damiana knows how to clear the path for the arrival of new life.

The Ancient Maya and Aztecs, as well as their descendants today, have been using abundantly the leaves and stem of this bushy plant, not only as an aphrodisiac, but also for relaxation, better digestion, mood, or simply its taste, the same way we use coffee today. It is believed to be the original ingredient of the Margarita, and a ’Damiana Margarita’ is still a popular cocktail in Mexico. When the Europeans learned about the medicinal properties of the plant, it was soon included in pharmacopeias, describing it as a plant that reduces anxiety, neurosis, reduced sexual performance caused by depression (in Great Britain), as well as leaves suitable for a tonic that eliminates excessive mental activity and strengthens weak nerves (in Germany).

The Maya and Aztecs had no problem with fertility, and they lived in a pure and healthy environment which the modern man is deprived of. One of the aspects that the unnatural pace of life in an unhealthy, polluted environment affects the most in men is their sex life: impotence, infertility, bad results of the spermogram (low sperm count and motility), spermatorrhea, and sexual dysfunction. The World Health Organization guidelines suggest that a normal sperm count is at least 15 million per ml, or no fewer than 39 million sperm per sample, of which at least 30% should be moving progressively. Oligospermia – a low sperm count, is one of the most usual issues encountered by couples trying to conceive. The official medicine usually treats the problem with severe medication and invasive procedures, which are unpleasant and often without positive results, thus only enhancing the feeling of inadequacy in men. The other problem encountered by couples, especially those going through the frustrating IVF procedures, is a strict sex regimen and routine that begins to feel like an imposed obligation, both mentally and physically exhausting.

The traditional medicine worldwide, from Mesoamerican to Chinese, uses damiana as a very potent therapeutic agent that provides energy, improves blood circulation and brings oxygen to cells, boosts mental prowess and annihilates depression, stimulates testosterone production which is essential in creation and ripening of sperm, helps preserve and renew male reproductive organs, enhances circulation of body liquids in genitals, and is also an adaptogen, protecting the entire body from infection, particularly the genitourinary system. Damiana enhances secretion of urine, stimulates the kidneys to filter toxins, which is beneficial not only for the body, but also the psyche. That is why damiana in its scientific name also contains the word ‘aphrodisiaca’ – Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca Willd – it is an aphrodisiac that stimulates and enhances not only the sexual desire, but also the overall energy of the body and the mind.

A clinical trial involving a thousand male subjects in the USA and Europe proved that damiana has the ability to enhance erectile function in consecutive sexual intercourse following orgasm, improve morning erection and maintain erection stability during the intercourse. The ideal effect of the plant is achieved in long-term use. Two clinical trials conducted on rats proved that the plant improves the libido in tired and sluggish animals, as well as that it shows the usual adaptogenic features – boosts the body stamina and endurance. Damiana is a man’s best ally, however it can also be used by women, especially during perimenopause. The ancient Aztecs even gave it to children, since it is an excellent cure for an upset stomach, constipation, headache, excessive sweating and lethargy.

What is it that gives such power to damiana? The terpenes found in the oily plant extract are a strong antioxidant that preserves the body cell structures, delays decay and aging and protects from infections. Damiana naturally increases the levels of nitrogen monoxide, an important vasodilator, which helps open blood vessels. In normal circumstances, during sexual arousal, the brain signals the body to increase the production of nitrogen monoxide. The substance relaxes the blood vessels and enables free blood flow into the muscles and soft tissue, including the ones in the penis. Flavonoid apigenin relaxes, reduces anxiety, but also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and anticancerous properties. Damiana is a natural aromatase inhibitor – it blocks the activity of aromatase and abnormal estrogen production which stimulates cancer cell growth, and is used as therapy for breast cancer in post-menopausal women, but also in gynecomastia – enlarged breasts in men. Acacetin is another flavonoid that inhibits estrogen activity and enhances testosterone function, and can help not only in sexual dysfunction, but also enhance physical attraction as it can build muscle. A total of 22 flavonoids found in damiana have a wide range of medicinal properties, among other, to reduce inflammation, increase immunity, prevent neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Flavonoids boost longevity, help us get slim and strong, improve cognition and prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by enhancing blood flow into the brain. Arbutin is aphenolic glycoside, very beneficial for the kidneys and urinary tract, with diuretic and antiseptic properties. It boosts genital circulation as it renews capillary pressure and regulates liquid retention in tissues.

Damiana has numerous medicinal properties which are beneficial for overall male health and wellbeing. Whenever we lose the grip, damiana has the ability to tame and balance, and help us regain control over our lives.

Alfa Aktiv and Femisan A are a perfect combination for couples trying to conceive.

Femisan and Doctor’s Advice

The text below is a transcript from the TV presentation broadcasted in November, 2019, with participation of Dr Antonić, specialist in gynaecology.

Let’s talk about health now, and, of course, it is a great pleasure that our long term associate, the Herba Svet company, has brought an interesting guest, the man who has answers to numerous questions, especially coming from women, so I would like to welcome here the Biologist, Snežana Petrović from the Herba Svet company, and Doctor Duško Antonić, gynaecologist and obstetrician. Good evening, welcome. Doctor Antonić, a special welcome to you, since this is your first time here in our Sunday Afternoon Program, thank you for being here, because, when a gynaecologist explains certain things – it is much easier, right, Snežana?

Of course. I would like to thank Doctor Antonić for being our and your guest and I hope that he will honour us in future with his presence and expertise.

Right, especially because after we have you, Snežana, here as our guest, or Natalija, there are often many calls from our viewers who have more questions and ask for more information. We will remind you once again that you can ask all your questions on social networks, since the Herba Svet company has its Facebook page and you will get your answer very quickly. And now I’ll ask something in the name of our female viewers! Doctor, here, we are presenting Femisan A, we had a user who managed to finally get pregnant after she had been using this product, there are numerous comments from women who really solved their problems, but, here, tell us how persistent does a woman need to be when it comes to health?

She needs to be very persistent, for a simple reason that we are exposed to various agents, and then, after a while they leave consequences on our health. As for Femisan A, that you have just mentioned and the success of the woman who used it, we are often now witnesses of the problem with female sterility, there is the problem that women now keep postponing motherhood and have their first baby at a later age. In some cases, for example, the peak age to get pregnant is 24, and then it keeps dropping, and we have a situation now that women aged 40-42, the age that is practically close to the menopause, are trying to get pregnant. In these cases, Femisan A is very important for a simple reason that, in that period of some 10 years before the menopause, before the last menstruation, there is a change, there are various symptoms that a woman experiences, and above all, there is a loss of reproductive abilities, to be more accurate – the number of ovulatory cycles gets smaller, a woman may have regular periods, but she does not ovulate, and even if there is ovulation, it is insufficient for a pregnancy.

Then, there are series of disorders when it comes to menstrual cycle, the menstruations are not regular anymore, they are different by their duration and blood loss, they can occur earlier or later, so this is a period of life when everything that was abnormal, now becomes normal. For that reason, Femisan A is good since it helps maintain for a while the period of ovulation cycles, it helps women have regular, good ovulations, a good egg that can be used for pregnancy.

Although gynaecologists recommend Femisan A and Femisan B (for women entering menopause), and it is a credit for the Herba Svet company, of course, but many of our viewers now, when they see that the topic is health, think ’I am healthy, it is none of my business, I’ll watch something else’, but are we really healthy, doctor? How often does it happen that women come to you for routine check-ups, but end up having numerous health issues they are not aware of?

A great number of women, only when they come for a regular gynaecological check-up, whether it is just an ultrasound or a gynaecological examination, discover that they have an ovarian cyst or polycystic ovaries, and they were completely unaware of it. Some women learn that they have uterine fibroids, or, if the breast check-up is involved, that they have cysts in breasts, so yes, women most often discover that during regular gynaecological check-ups. We can say that we are healthy, and yes, we feel healthy and go around our business, but the biological clock is ticking. In this post-menstrual period, a women will discover various vasomotor disorders, that is, due to dilation of peripheral blood vessels and sudden blood flow, when entering the menopause, she will experience hot flashes – ’hot and cold’, a heat wave followed by a cold wave, which can happen 20 to 30 times a day, which again, leaves consequences and causes irritability…

And we feel very bad and scared.

Yes, with irritability, loss of focus, skin damage, dry skin, hair damage, so it all triggers a series of symptoms in the body, and it is better to prevent that or reduce the intensity than to let it pass by itself, since it is a long period – it lasts for 10 years. The perimenopause period can last for 10 years.

Yes, it can be really long. Snežana, you always say that we should not forget our doctor. So you always insist on having a check-up by the doctor, and then using these products in agreement with the doctor. How much do the patients – the users of your products listen to this advice?

I must say we keep getting more feedback. When we get any question related to Femisan A, we always give instructions on how to use it and tell them to let us know about the results. So, the recommendation is: after 2 to 3 months of use of Femisan A to do a check-up, especially, as the doctor said, in case there is a cyst, so something that can be monitored. When it comes to Femisan B, women can monitor by themselves if the symptoms are reduced or not. However, when it comes to Femisan A, the actual gynaecological problems, we always point out and ask women to let us know the results and have the first control check-up 3-6 months following the therapy.

Unfortunately, there is a growing number of young girls with polycystic ovaries, and in that case it is especially important for mothers to take care of their children. And women, once the reproductive period is over, and I believe the doctor will agree with me here, somehow neglect their health, they have less regular check-ups, and then it happens, for example, that there is a uterine fibroid which is huge, which causes massive bleeding and creates problems… the woman maybe has a check-up only then, and it could have been prevented or mitigated. So, I believe that women take more care during the reproductive period, until they become mothers, and later not as much. We always urge women, this way on TV or in direct contact with women, not to neglect the check-ups, especially, and the doctor will say more about what problems may occur when entering menopause, and it is very important to examine our breasts and have regular check-ups, ideally every 6 months.

So shall we say once again to our female viewers – to have patience and persistence, when it comes to health. Is there any other advice that we could give to our women who may be a bit lazy to schedule a gynaecological check-up, or may be afraid what the doctor will say, what message do you have for them?

First of all, as Snežana has just said, regular gynaecological check-ups – what do they entail? A colposcopy at least once a year, and the ultrasound at least twice a year. Also, the ultrasound of breasts is mandatory, and if there is a need, the mammography, or even MRI. As for the therapy used, the products based on medicinal herbs can be efficient, however, certain period of time is required for the full effect. We cannot expect that one or two bottles will give us the effect, but – once it is reached, it lasts for a longer period of time. We, gynaecologists, have series of hormone-based medications and when we prescribe them, there is a quick effect, however, once a woman stops using it, the effect quickly disappears.

But here we have the case that once you reach that effect, you will notice, for example, if it’s the menopause, the effect will be maintained throughout the therapy. The menopause disappears after the last period. In our region it occurs around the age of 52. But it can occur earlier, and we have cases of women younger than 40 entering menopause, or women entering menopause after the age of 55. In order to prevent early menopause, one advice, for example, is to quit smoking. There is evidence that women who have smoked for 2 years will enter menopause earlier.

We cannot give you the accurate moment the menopause will hit, it depends on nutrition, childbirth, and breastfeeding, however there is a genetic connection, so we can say the daughter will enter menopause approximately at the same time as her mother. With menopause come series of disorders, most women know about cardiovascular disorders and osteoporosis, and how can you prevent osteoporosis? There is evidence that skinnier women, women that use alcohol and smoke also experience bone decay more often.

We all know that and yet we don’t listen to the doctor and pay no attention.

That is why I am here.

And that is why we will be glad to have you as our guest in weeks to come and tell us more about various topics and explain to women how important it is to take care of our health. Thank you very much for your advice. Snežana, thank you for bringing the guest to us.

Thank you, and once again, thanks to Doctor Antonić.

These were the special minutes for you, dear ladies. So if you dedicate at least 10 minutes to your health, that is a success for the start. See you with new topics next week.

Herba Svet and dr Duško Antonić, BN TV, Sunday Afternoon Program, 3 November, 2019