Muira puama

Latin:   Ptychopetalum olacoides

Family:  Olacaceae

Parts Used:  Roots


Properties:  Circulatory stimulant, aphrodisiac, stimulant, antispasmodic, analgesic, adaptogenic, tonic

Actions:  This herb comes to us from South America where it has long been used as a tonic and to enhance the libido.  It appears to enhance sensual and sexual receptivity in both men and women and improve length of arousal and greater sexual satisfaction.  This is an herb that is slightly stimulating and like all stimulants is good for bringing greater alertness, cognitive acuity, and for fighting fatigue.  Its tonic effects help improve adaptability to stress while reducing anxiety.   Muira Puama also has an antispasmodic and analgesic effect that is useful for cramps, rheumatism and neuralgia.

Dosage:  It appears to work best in tincture form as some of its key constituents are not water soluble.  1-2 ml to 3x/day.

Contraindications:   Avoid for those with hypertension, in pregnancy.