Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides) is indigenous to Guyanan and the Amazon region of Brazil. It is a member of the Olacaceae family. Muira Puama is a 5- to 15- tree with a vertically grooved trunk. It has white flowers and fruit. The bark and the roots of Muira Puama are used medicinally. Muira Puama contains triterpene acid esters, sterols, and volatile oil. Muira Puama has been used for the prevention of sexual disorders and as an aphrodisiac. It has also been used for menstrual irregularities, rheumatism, as a nerve stimulant, as an appetite stimulant, and as a general tonic.
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Cautions There have been no reported adverse reactions associated with Muira Puama.