Bois de la Puissance, Bois de la Puissance Sexuelle, Marapuama, Muira-Puama, Muirapuama, Potency Wood, Ptychopetali lignum, Ptychopetalum olacoides, Ptychopetalum uncinatum.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

Muira puama is a plant. The wood and root are used to make medicine.

Muira puama is used for preventing sexual disorders and to increase interest in sexual activity (as an aphrodisiac). It is also used for upset stomach, menstrual disorders, joint pain (rheumatism), and paralysis caused by poliomyelitis; and as a general tonic and an appetite stimulant.

Some people apply muira puama directly to the skin as an aphrodisiac and for rheumatism and muscle paralysis.

In combination with other herbs, muira puama is used as a remedy for male sexual performance problems (erectile dysfunction, ED).

How does it work?

The chemicals in muira puama have no known effects on the body.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Sexual disorders. 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.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Sore joints.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of muira puama for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

It is not known if muira puama is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking muira puama if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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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


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  • Auterhoff, H. and Momberger, B. [Lipophilic constituent of Muira puama]. Arch.Pharm Ber.Dtsch Pharm Ges. 1971;304(3):223-228. View abstract.
  • Auterhoff, H. and Pankow, E. [Contents of Muira puama]. Arch Pharm Ber.Dtsch.Pharm Ges. 1968;301(7):481-489. 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.
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  • 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.
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