MUIRA PUAMA

OTHER NAME(S):

Bois de la Puissance, Bois de la Puissance Sexuelle, Marapuama, Miranta, Muira-Puama, Muirapuama, Potency Wood, Ptychopetali lignum, Ptychopetalum olacoides, Ptychopetalum uncinatum.

Overview

Overview Information

Muira puama is a bush that grows in the Amazon region. The wood and root are used to make medicine.

Muira puama is used for sexual disorders, increasing sexual desire in healthy people, menstrual disorders, joint pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

It is unclear which, if any, chemicals in muira puma have effects on the body.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Sexual problems that prevent satisfaction during sexual activity. Early research suggests that taking 2-6 tablets of a specific product (Herbal vX) containing muira puama extract and ginkgo extract modestly improves sexual desire and the frequency of sexual intercourse in women with a low sex drive. Higher quality research is needed to confirm these results.
  • Athletic performance.
  • Brain and nerve disorders.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Joint pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of muira puama for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if muira puama is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if muira puama is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if muira puama is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for MUIRA PUAMA Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of muira puama depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for muira puama. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Antunes, E., Gordo, W. M., de Oliveira, J. F., Teixeira, C. E., Hyslop, S., and De, Nucci G. The relaxation of isolated rabbit corpus cavernosum by the herbal medicine Catuama and its constituents. Phytother.Res. 2001;15(5):416-421. View abstract.
  • da Silva, A. L., Piato, A. L., Bardini, S., Netto, C. A., Nunes, D. S., and Elisabetsky, E. Memory retrieval improvement by Ptychopetalum olacoides in young and aging mice. J Ethnopharmacol. 2004;95(2-3):199-203. View abstract.
  • Siqueira, I. R., Cimarosti, H., Fochesatto, C., Nunes, D. S., Salbego, C., Elisabetsky, E., and Netto, C. A. Neuroprotective effects of Ptychopetalum olacoides Bentham (Olacaceae) on oxygen and glucose deprivation induced damage in rat hippocampal slices. Life Sci 8-27-2004;75(15):1897-1906. View abstract.
  • Siqueira, I. R., Fochesatto, C., da Silva, A. L., Nunes, D. S., Battastini, A. M., Netto, C. A., and Elisabetsky, E. Ptychopetalum olacoides, a traditional Amazonian "nerve tonic", possesses anticholinesterase activity. Pharmacol.Biochem.Behav 2003;75(3):645-650. View abstract.
  • Waynberg J. Aphrodisiacs: contribution to the clinical validation of the traditional use of Ptychopetalum guyanna. The First International Congress on Ethnopharmacology 1990;
  • Waynberg J. Male sexual asthenia - interest in a traditional plant-derived medication. Ethnopharmacology 1995.
  • Waynberg J. Unpublished study of HV 430's effects on healthy males with sexual dysfunction. 2001.
  • Waynberg, J. and Brewer, S. Effects of Herbal vX on libido and sexual activity in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Adv Ther 2000;17(5):255-262. View abstract.

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