The specific herbs that make up Mamajuana were originally prepared as a herbal tea by the native Taino Indians post Columbus, alcohol was added to the recipe. Besides being rumoured to be an aphrodisiac, with many natives of the Dominican Republic claiming that the drink has similar effects. Mamajuana is also consumed for a medicinal value. The alcohol is said to act as an extract base that pulls the herbs curative properties, creating a herbal tincture often served as a shot. The reported positive effects on health vary, ranging from a fly remedy, to a digestion and circulation aid, blood cleanser, kidney and liver tonic.