Muira puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides)Bark, 50 g
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History of Muira Puama
Muira Puama is a small flowering tree native to the Amazonian rainforest that can grow up to 5 meters. It also grows in Suriname and French Guiana. Best known as a natural aphrodisiac, it has long been mentioned in Brazilian Pharmacopoeia for its number of purposes. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Muira Puama is still a highly-regarded sexual stimulant with a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Historically, all parts of Muira Puama have been used medicinally, but the bark and roots are the most utilized parts of the plant. Native peoples along the Brazilian Amazon's Rio Negro river use the stem and roots from young plants to prepare an infusion or tea which is drunk to improve one’s sexual performance and strengthen their stamina.
Muira Puama is employed around the world today in herbal medicine. Early European explorers noted the indigenous uses and the aphrodisiac qualities of Muira Puama and brought it back to Europe, where it has become part of herbal medicine in England. It is still listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
Effects of Muira Puama
When administered properly, Muira Puama can help;
- Promote libido and work as an overall aphrodisiac
- Improve sex drive and sexual desire
- Reduce fatigue
Muira Puama Uses and Dosage
To achieve the libido and potency effects of this particular plant, proper preparation methods must be employed. Since many of the most active ingredients are not water-soluble it is best to prepare this plant as a tincture, using 2-4 ml of a 4:1 (water: bark/root) ratio extract twice daily.
Boiling the tincture for 20 minutes will help facilitate the extraction of the non-water-soluble chemicals. For its tonic effect, one of the traditional remedies is to gently simmer 1 teaspoon of root and/or bark in one cup of water for 15 minutes and take 1/2 to 1 cup daily.
One of the main active ingredients in Muira puama is an alkaloid known as muirapuamine. The bark of Muira puama is also rich in other alkaloids, phenolic compounds, fatty acids, fatty acid esters, essential oils, plant sterols, and triterpenes.
Store ashwagandha in its original packaging in a dry and cool place, out of the reach of children.
As with any herb, it is best not to overdo it and stick to the recommended dosage. It is not advised to used Muira Puama in children or pregnant and/or breastfeeding women.