Muira Puama and its health benefits are noted in many parts of Brazil and the Amazon region as being potent in fighting weakness, fatigue, sexual impotence, and even baldness. In fact, muira puama is included in many South American blends that are marketed for treatment of male pattern baldness and erectile dysfunction. It is also often dubbed as the ‘Viagra of the Amazon’.
Muira Puama is a tree that grows in the Amazonian rain forest. The tree typically grows to a height of up to 15 feet. Its bark and roots have medicinal properties and are used in traditional South American herbal medicine. Muira Puama bears white flowers that have a scent that’s similar to that of jasmine.
The medicinally active constituents of muira puama are long-chain fatty acids and some unique alkaloid chemicals. Among the chemicals in the bark and root of the muira puama are the following: alpha-pinene, alpha-terpinene, beta-sitosterol, camphor, eugenol, essential oils, imonene, linalool, pentacosanoic acid, phlobaphene, stigmasterols, trichosanic acid, and uncosanic acid.
While muira puama is often used as a tincture or in capsule form, a tea can also be made from the herb. The native peoples in the Amazon region often mix together the muira puama with another herb, catuaba, in warm water and let it stand for about 8 hours. The resultant amber-colored medicinal infusion is then used for a variety of ailments, most notably sexual impotence and baldness.
Muira Puama tea is not recommended for use by pregnant women. It has also been reported that insomnia is the common side effect for people that have taken excessive amounts of muira puama.
The following are some benefits attributed to this herbal tea:
- May help in the treatment of rheumatism.
- Believed to help stimulate the nervous system.
- Said to be helpful against depression.
- Claimed to help fight sexual impotence as it contributes to increased blood flow to the genital areas.
- Said to help in the treatment of male pattern baldness.
- Believed to alleviate menstrual discomfort.
- May help increase energy levels.