While we would like to see more scientific evidence, we can recommend
trying this because it is safe and has a recommendation in the British
Herbal Pharmacopoeia for its use to treat impotence.
puama is often combined with other herbs to treat impotence (erectile
dysfunction or ED) or to increase sex drive. Such combination might
include maca, damiana, ginseng, tribulus terrestris,
(containing yohimbine), arginine,
gingko and/or catuaba along with a
selection of vitamins and minerals.
Evidence of Benefits
/ Impotence / Libido
research study conducted in Paris published by J. Waynberg and S.
Brewer in 2000 showed that muira puama significantly increased the
sexual drive in women.
The researchers concluded that there were
significant improvements "in frequency of sexual desires, sexual
intercourse, and sexual fantasies, as well as in satisfaction with sex
life, intensity of sexual desires, excitement of fantasies, ability to
reach orgasm, and intensity of orgasm."
However the authors cautioned
that this is not a double-blinded placebo controlled study (the best
and accepted way of setting up a research study).
For other natural remedies that are used
to increase sex drive, click
Anecdotal reports suggest that muira puama is beneficial in helping
dysfunction. The only research study we could locate was a study done
on rabbits. The study done in Paris in 2000 only looked at the benefits
of potency wood in female subjects. Unfortunately, they did not study
the effect of muira puama on male and we can only assume that it would
have similar effects in males.
here to see a list of natural remedies that have been
traditionally used to treat ED.
||Depression / Stress (Adaptogen)
study in rats by A.L. Piato et al. in July 2008 showed that in rats,
potency wood acted as an antidepressant and it also helped the rats
adapt to simulated stress.
Loss / Alzheimer's Disease
studies in rats done by A.L. da Silva et al. and I.R. Siqueira et al.
in 2003, 2005 and 2007 showed that potency wood enhances memory
They believed it works like an acetylcholinesterase (AChE)
inhibitor similar those found
in prescription drugs such as Razadyne / Reminyl, Exelon,
Namenda/Ebixa and Aricept.
Cancer / Cancer
research paper showed that many Amazon rain forest plants has
anti-cancer properties. These research projects were conducted in a lab
setting only. Another study by G.J. Kapadia et al in 2002 also suggests
that potency wood has anti-cancer like effect. It was also conducted in
a lab setting.
A study in rats suggest that muira puama
has the ability to reduce
damage to brain cells caused by oxidative stress.
Anecdotal reports suggest many Amazon rain forest plants have adaptogen
enhancement, increased physical and/or sexual
Pattern Baldness / Hair Loss
There is no evidence that muira puama is effective in preventing or
treating hair loss in males.
Puama is a tree found in the Amazon rain forest. The wood, bark and
root parts are collected and use as an herbal remedy to treat erectile
dysfunction and male pattern baldness.
Homemade remedies with muira
puama roots are used by Amazonian people for treating various
age-related conditions. It is an herb used in Europe and has a listing
in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia and is recommended for use in
treating impotence and dysentery.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
Topically Cream/Gel (on the skin) and Transdermal Patch
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
and Side Effects - A
study conducted by C.H. Oliveira in 2005 showed that there were no
reported side effects or toxic effect on the volunteers who took a
mixture containing potency wood for a period of 28 days.
& How to Take It
puama is available as a tincture or as a powder. The typical dosage is 1 to 2 mL (to
be mixed in water or juice) taken two or three times daily.
Commonly used dosage is 1 to 1.5 grams of the bark, stem or root.
A product, for example, could
indicate that 1 mL contains 500 mg of potency wood. Buy products that discloses the concentration of the herb.
It is also found in multi-ingredient (combination)
- It is applied to the penis prior to sexual intercourse to enhance
erection. Avoid applying excessive amounts of cream as it might numb
Transdermal Patch - It is
unknown whether muira
puama crosses through the skin and gets into the bloodstream. There is
no study done to verify this. Avoid using the patch formulation.
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