Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides)

muira puama bark

Muira Puama Overview:

Muira puama is a large tree native to the Amazon rainforest. The bark of this tree is used to treat age-realted conditions in the Amazon.

Muira puama contains chemicals that direcly inhibit acetylcholinesterase, which is a common mechanism of action for nootropics for improving memory and concentration.

Muira puama is considered by many to be adaptogenic for its high degree of safety and non-specific improvements on the nervous system.

+ Indications

  • Low libido
  • Impotence
  • Poor appetite
  • Athletic performance
  • Male pattern hair loss
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive decline
  • Neuralgia
  • Shingles
  • Herpes virus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Depression
  • Heart dysrhythmia (especially ventricular fibrillation)
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Infections
  • Joint pain
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Stomach pain
  • Ulcers

+ Contraindications

  • Hypertension

Main Herbal Actions:

  • Adaptogen
  • Antidepressant
  • Stimulant (mild)
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Nootropic
  • Male tonic
  • Nervine
  • Antiulcer

Main Uses:

Age-related conditions involving libido, and neurological functions.


Weekly Dose

Part Used

  • Bark and Roots

Family Name

  • Olacaceae


  • South America, Amazon Rainforest

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Constituents of Interest

  • Lupeol

Common Names

  • Muira Puama
  • Uiratã, Muiratam
  • Pau-homen
  • Potenzholz
  • Boise de la Puissance
  • Bois de la puissance sexuelle
  • Potency wood
  • Marapuama


  • Unknown


  • Warm


  • No adverse reactions expected.


  • Unknown

Duration of Use

  • May be used long term. Recomended to take breaks, or skip every third day.

Clinical Applications Of Muira Puama:

Although the traditional method of preparation involved infusing the crushed bark in warm water overnight, the constituents in muira puama are not very water soluble. The best way to consume this herb is as an alcoholic liquid extract, or a concentrated extract made using organic solvents.


Botanical Info:

Muira puama is the common name for the species Ptychopetalum olacoides, and Ptychopetalum uncinatum. These species are contained in the family Olacaceae which includes about 180 different species.



This herb may overly stimulate some individuals. Reduce the dose, or avoid taking muira puama altogether if overstimulation ocurrs. Side effects include insomnia and hypertention.  


Recommended Products Containing Muira Puama:

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Female Libido

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Muira Puama Capsules


Made from Ptychopetalum olacoides root

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Muira Puama Raw Bark

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Raw Ptychopetalum olacoides bark

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