Muira Puama Ptychopetalum olacoides – Herbs of the Gods

Muira Puama Ptychopetalum olacoides – Herbs of the Gods





80 grams of Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides) in shredded or powder


Muira Puama is an aphrodisiac also know as potency wood. Effects are

  • Stimulates and increases potency
  • Increases Libido
  • Sensitive skin
  • Feeling of wellbeing (low dose)
  • Relaxing


Muira Puama is commonly used to make tea. Add 1-2 teaspoon of the herb per cup, and boil this for 15 minutes. Effects will be felt after 30 minutes.

Other way is to chew the directly: take 1 to 1.5 grams of the bark, stem, and/or root and chew for a while.

Make an extract: add a few grams to strong liquior let it sit for a few weeks. Muira puama will be more effective in tincture form or as a decoction because some of the constituents are extracted only by alcohol or by boiling the root for 20 minutes.

In powdered form 1-2g is an effective dose of Muira Puama

Muira Puama combined with Damiana , it makes a stronger aphrodisiac

Active substances

Muira Puama P. olacoides root bark produces an oil containing alpha-pinene, alpha-humulene, beta-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, camphene, and camphor. Uncosanoic, tricosanoic, and pentacosanoic acids make up 20% of the constituents of muira puama. Other compounds detected in muira puama are coumarin, fatty acid esters of sterols, free fatty acids, and free sterols.

Muira puama also contains a small amount of beta-sitosterol in both free and bound forms. Alkaloids have been detected but not fully characterized. A lipophilic constituent has also been found in the bark and was identified as lupeol. Lupeol content is much higher in the bark of Ptychopetalum olacoides than in Ptychopetalum uncinatum.


The name Muira Puama, sometimes spelled as Marapuama, means “potency wood”. It is a very popular aphrodisiac, originally growing in the Brazilian rainforests. The Ptychopetalum grows as shrubs or small trees, and its barks and roots are harvested for traditional, medical and herbal usage. It is mentioned as an effective aphrodisiac in the Brazilian Pharmacopoeia and the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. In Brazil, men would rub the Muira Puama on their genitals to stimulate an erection, and to counter impotence. It is also drank as a tea, which has very stimulating effects. The skin and genitals become more sensitive, and therefore works very well as an aphrodisiac. Next to these bedroom effects, the Marapuama is used as a neural system tonic, against rheumatism, stress, fatigue and mild depressions.


Herbs of the Gods have collected high quality herbs since 1999. They have a selection of relaxing, stimulating and psychoactive herbs, that can be consumed by eating, drinking in teas or with a vaporizer.


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