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Muira Puama

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

Ptychopetalum olacoides


Muira puama is a plant with white flowers. The root and bark have been used to boost sex drive. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract.


There aren’t any advised doses for muira puama.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

There is not enough data to support that muira puama is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take muira puama.


Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.




Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 6/29/2020