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Muira Puama Powder - Herbal Collection

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Muira Puama - Herbal Collection - 75 g


Muira puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides) is a flowering tree native to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It has a long history of traditional use, primarily for the following purposes:


  • Aphrodisiac and Sexual Function: Muira puama is most famous for its reputation as a natural aphrodisiac. It's believed to enhance libido, sexual desire, and erectile function in men. Some studies support limited improvement in these areas.
  • Energy Booster and Adaptogen: It is sometimes used as a general tonic for increasing energy levels and reducing fatigue. Muira puama may act as an adaptogen, helping the body better cope with stress.
  • Cognitive Function: There's limited evidence that muira puama could help with focus and memory, particularly in older individuals.
  • Nerve Pain: Muira puama is traditionally used for nerve pain and may have some anti-inflammatory effects.


Important Considerations:


  • Research: While traditional use is extensive, scientific research on muira puama is still somewhat limited. More studies are needed to fully understand its effects and potential benefits.
  • Safety: Muira puama is generally considered safe when used at appropriate doses. However, it's essential to talk to your doctor before using it, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.





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Plant Name


Muira puama, Marapuama


International Latin denomination


Ptychopetalum olacoides Benth., Liriosma ovata Miers., Ptychopetalum unicatum


Botanical family

Oleaceae ( Olacaceae  ?)


Description and habitat


  • Plant aphrodisiac appreciated in Brazil like Ptychopetalum olacoides Benth. Olacaceae (bark)
  • Shrub native to the Brazilian Amazon that can reach five meters high

History and tradition

  • Used for a long time by the Amazonian Indians to treat impotence, neuromuscular problems, rheumatism, flu
  • Also used as a nervous tonic and aphrodisiac
  • One of the ingredients of a traditional Brazilian tonic called catuama which also contains guarana , ginger and Trichilia catigua [1] , also used as a sexual stimulant, relaxing the corpus cavernosum of the rabbit [2] , and which prevents ventricular fibrillation of the isolated rabbit heart [3]

Parts used

  • Bark of the shrub or root

Dosage forms available

  • Maceration of dry plant in rum or decoction in water (1 tablespoon for 500 ml)
  • Mother tincture of wood and root
  • Powder 1500 mg

Usual dosages



Main components of the plant



Main components of buds or young shoots


Main components of essential oil



Properties of the plant

  • Aphrodisiac (according to K. Hostettmann, a clinical study in male impotence gave 52% good results)
  • Alcoholic extracts would be more effective
  • Came to Europe during the 1920s and 1930s and is still believed to be part of the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for the treatment of dysentery and impotence. It has been part of the Brazilian pharmacopoeia since the 1950s
    • The popularity of Viagra® has brought muira puama back into the spotlight, as have other plants known to be aphrodisiacs. It is part of several combinations of plants whose virtues are touted with great enthusiasm by the companies that market these products.
    • Incomplete clinical study conducted by French sexologist Jacques Waynberg
  • Improves memory, through multiple mechanisms and action on serotonin 5HT (2A) receptors [5]
  • Anticholinergic, potential in Alzheimer's disease [6] , [7] , neuroprotective [8] , [9] , [10] , [11]
  • Antidepressant potential [12] , [13]


Properties of the bud


Properties of essential oil



Indications for the whole plant (phytotherapy)

  • Male impotence
  • Female frigidity, dysmenorrhea and premenstrual syndrome


Bud indications (gemmotherapy)


Specific indications for essential oil (aromatherapy)

Known or suspected mode of action

Usual formulations


Possible side effects and precautions for use

  • Contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Bibliographic references

  1. Oliveira CH, Moraes ME, Moraes MO, Bezerra FA, Abib E, De Nucci G. Clinical toxicology study of an herbal medicinal extract of Paullinia cupana, Trichilia catigua, Ptychopetalum olacoides and Zingiber officinale (Catuama) in healthy volunteers. Phytother Res. 2005 Jan;19(1):54-7. PMID 15798997
  2. Antunes E, Gordo WM, de Oliveira JF, Teixeira CE, Hyslop S, De Nucci G. The relaxation of isolated rabbit corpus cavernosum by the herbal medicine Catuama and its constituents. Phytother Res. 2001 Aug;15(5):416-21. PMID 11507734
  3. Pontieri V, Neto AS, de França Camargo AF, Koike MK, Velasco IT. The herbal drug Catuama reverts and prevents ventricular fibrillation in the isolated rabbit heart. J Electrocardiol. 2007 Nov-Dec;40(6):534.e1-8. PMID 17888942
  4. Tang W, Harada K, Kubo M, Hioki H, Fukuyama Y. Eight new clerodane diterpenoids from the bark of Ptychopetalum olacoides. Nat Prod Commun. 2011 Mar;6(3):327-32. PMID 21485268
  5. da Silva AL, Ferreira JG, da Silva Martins B, Oliveira S, Mai N, Nunes DS, Elisabetsky E. Serotonin receptors contribute to the promnesic effects of P. olacoides (Marapuama). Physiol Behav. 2008 Sep 3;95(1-2):88-92. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2008.04.022. PMID 18561960
  6. Siqueira IR, Fochesatto C, da Silva AL, Nunes DS, Battastini AM, Netto CA, Elisabetsky E. Ptychopetalum olacoides, a traditional Amazonian "nerve tonic", possesses anticholinesterase activity. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2003 Jun;75(3):645-50. PMID 12895682
  7. Figueiró M, Ilha J, Pochmann D, Porciúncula LO, Xavier LL, Achaval M, Nunes DS, Elisabetsky E. Acetylcholinesterase inhibition in cognition-relevant brain areas of mice treated with a nootropic Amazonian herbal (Marapuama). Phytomedicine. 2010 Oct;17(12):956-62. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2010.03.009. PMID 20833520
  8. Siqueira IR, Cimarosti H, Fochesatto C, Nunes DS, Salbego C, Elisabetsky E, Netto CA. Neuroprotective effects of Ptychopetalum olacoides Bentham (Olacaceae) on oxygen and glucose deprivation induced damage in rat hippocampal slices. Life Sci. 2004 Aug 27;75(15):1897-906. PMID 15302233
  9. IR Siqueira, DR Lara, D. Silva, FS Gaieski, DS Nunes, E. Elisabetsky. Psychopharmacological Properties of Ptychopetalum Olacoides bentham (Olacaceae). Pharmaceutical Biology, 1998, Vol. 36, No. 5, Pages 327-334
  10. Figueiró M, Ilha J, Linck VM, Herrmann AP, Nardin P, Menezes CB, Achaval M, Gonçalves CA, Porciúncula LO, Nunes DS, Elisabetsky E. The Amazonian herbal Marapuama attenuates cognitive impairment and neuroglial degeneration in a mouse Alzheimer model. Phytomedicine. 2011 Feb 15;18(4):327-33. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2010.07.013. PMID 20739160
  11. Siqueira IR; Fochesatto C; Torres ILS; da Silva AL; Nunes DS; Elisabetsky E; Netto C A. Antioxidant activities of Ptychopetalum olacoides ("muirapuama") in mice brain. Phytomedicine: international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology 2007;14(11):763-9.
  12. Piato Angelo L; Detanico Bernardo C; Jesus Jennifer F; Lhullier Francisco Luiz Rodrigues; Nunes Domingos S; Elisabetsky Elaine. Effects of Marapuama in the chronic mild stress model: further indication of antidepressant properties. Journal of ethnopharmacology 2008;118(2):300-4.
  13. Piato AL, Rizon LP, Martins BS, Nunes DS, Elisabetsky E. Antidepressant profile of Ptychopetalum olacoides Bentham (Marapuama) in mice. Phytother Res. 2009 Apr;23(4):519-24. doi:10.1002/ptr.2664. PMID 19067380
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Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

Do not exceed the daily dose.


This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.

If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.


This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.


This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.


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