Muira puama Ptychopetalum olacoides
- Common Names
- Muira puama , Marapama, potency wood
- Botanical Name
- Ptychopetalum olacoides
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Muira Puama
- Medicinal Uses: * Alopecia/baldness
- Properties: * Aphrodisiac * Nervine
- Parts Used: Bark and root
- Constituents: long-chain fatty acids and some unique alkaloid chemicals
How to Use: Muira puama
Folklore throughout South America strongly supports muira puama's stimulating properties. It is commonly referred to not only as an aphrodisiac but also as a nerve stimulant that is said to heighten the receptiveness to sexual stimuli, and according to Steven C. Hollifield, in The Healing Forest, muira puama is a preventive of baldness. Traditional healers use all parts of the tree for food and medicine, but focus primarily on the bark and roots to make a tea taken to treat rheumatism, strengthen the heart, and promote intestinal health. It has been widely used in Europe and South America for hundreds of years and was listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a treatment for impotence.
Muira puama seems to have two effects: increasing libido and increasing penile hardness. Muira puama is rich in naturally occurring sterols, which are possible building blocks for hormones such as testosterone. Also present are numerous other chemicals and volatile oils like camphor, which help restore the sex drive and inner depth of libido. The second effect, penile hardness may stem from its apparent effect on circulation.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Can be taken as a tea, but more effective if used as a tincture. Take the tincture with a small amount of warm water to which you have added a little lemon juice. This assists absorption of the therapeutic tannins. Muira puma contains a resin that is not easily soluble in water, so capsules and teas don't work as well as tinctures.
Muira puama Remedies
Muira puama grows in Brazil's Amazon rain forest and in neighboring Guyana presenting yet another reason to preserve one of nature's richest pharmacies, the Amazon rain forest. The tree reaches a height of 45 feet and the white, inch long flowers have a jasmine like scent.
Regional Traditions :Central and South America *
History and Traditions & FolkloreAlong the Rio Negro in Brazil, muira puama is used to treat fatigue, muscular weakness, and sexual debility, and is used to prevent baldness. The native peoples of the Amazon who use muira puama combine it with catuaba, allowing the mixture to stand in warm water overnight to make an amber medicinal infusion. ( The name catuaba is used for the infusions of the bark of a number of trees native to Brazil.)