History: Aztec legend states that damiana was a powerful aphrodisiac. The Mayans called it mizibcoc and used it in the treatment of giddiness and loss of balance. It is still made into a popular alcoholic drink in Mexico, where it is widely recognized as an aphrodisiac. The scientific literature on this plant dates back more than 100 years when reports described its aphrodisiac effects. In spite of the numerous anecdotal reports of both aphrodisiac and hallucinogenic effects there are no studies that verify them. It is used to flavor a liquor made in Guadalajara called Damiana.