Muira PuamaPtychopetalum olacoides, P. uncinatum, P. guyanna
Muira puama is a bush native to the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. Its bark and roots have been used traditionally for a variety of medicinal purposes, including impotence in men, loss of libido in women, nerve problems (including paralysis and tremor), anxiety, digestive problems, and arthritis.
What is Muira Puama Used for Today?
Explorers brought muira puama to Europe, where it became popular primarily as a treatment for impotence
One study is commonly cited as showing that muira puama is more effective for impotence than the drug yohimbine (from the herb
Muira puama is generally taken in the form of a liquid alcohol extract. Follow label instructions for dosage.
From what limited evidence that is available, it does not appear that use of muira puama commonly causes significant side effects. However, comprehensive formal safety evaluation has not been conducted. For this reason, muira puama should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, young children, or individuals with severe liver or kidney disease.
1. Waynberg J: Aphrodisiacs: Contributions to the clinical validation of the traditional use of Psychopetalum guyanna . Presented at The First International Congress on Ethnopharmacology, Strasbourg, France June 5-9, 1990.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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