ptychopetalum  olacoides

MUIR PUAMA (ptychopetalum  olacoides) - HIPERnatural.COM
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ptychopetalum  olacoides
Family: Olacaceae.

The Common names: Muira Puama, Marapuama, Marapama, Wood Power, Potenzholz.

Parts Used: bark and root.

Puama of Muira, also called "potency wood, " is a shrub or small tree up to 5 feet tall and is native to the Brazilian Amazon and other parts of northern Brazil. The small white flowers have a pungent scent similar to jasmine. Historically, all parts of the plants have been used medicinally, but the bark and roots are the primary parts of the plant used. It has long been used by the Amazon Indians for various purposes and found its way into the herbal medicine in South America and Europe in the 1920's. The indigenous tribes in Brazil use the roots and barks taken internally as a tea to treat sexual impotence and weakness, neuromuscular problems, rheumatism, influenza, cardiac asthenia, fatigue and gastrointestinal to prevent stress. It is also used externally in baths and massages to treat paralysis and beriberi.

Of Muira Puma has a long history in herbal medicine as an aphrodisiac, a tonic for the nervous system and an anti for gastrointestinal disorders. In 1925, a study was published in Drug puama Muira said that to effectively treat disorders of the nervous system and sexual impotence which indicated that "the effect of permanently occurs in the locomotor ataxia, neuralgia of the long position of chronic rheumatism, and partial paralysis. " In 1930, Penna wrote about puama of Muira in his book and cited experiments, physiological and therapeutic conducted in France by Dr. Rebourgeon that confirmed the effectiveness of the plant to "gastric problems and circulatory asthenia and impotence of the genitals. " Two closely related species of Ptychopetalum was used interchangeably when it became popular in the 1920's and 30's - P. olacoides and P. uncinatum and a third kind of Liriosma ovata, who was also a common name of Muira Puama) was also used. Early European explorers noted the uses indigenous and aphrodisiac qualities of puama Muira supports him and brought to Europe, where it has become part of herbal medicine in England. Because of the long history of using puama of Muira in England, was still listed in the English Herbal Pharmacopoeia, a source noted in the herbal medicine of the Association of the British Herbal Medicine, where is it recommended for the treatment of dysentery and impotence. Pharmacopeia has been in Brazil since the 1950's.

Puama of Muira is used around the world in botanical medicine. In Brazil and South American herbal medicine, is used in a tonic neuromuscular, for asthenia, for paralysis, for chronic rheumatism, for sexual impotence, for flu, for ataxia, and the central nervous system disorders in Europe are used to treat impotence, sterility, neurasthenia, from menstrual disturbances and dysentery. Has been gaining in popularity in the United States where herbalists and physicians to health care puama Muira used for impotence, and menstrual cramps from PMS, neurasthenia and central nervous system disorders. The benefits to treat impotence with puama Muira has been studied recently in two human trials that showed that puama of Muira was proven to be effective in improving libido and erectile dysfunction that deal. In a study conducted in Paris, France, lack of 262 male patients to experience sexual desire and inability to achieve or maintain an erection, 62% of patients with loss of libido reported that the extract of Muira puama " had a dynamic effect "on 51% of patients.

Consumers should be aware however that to achieve the beneficial effects of the plant, appropriate methods of preparation should be used. The active components found in the bark naturally thought to be responsible for the effect of Muira Puama are not soluble in water or they were broken down into the digestive process. Therefore take a soil or dust crustal root in a capsule or tablet will not be very effective. The high heat for at least 20 minutes or longer in the alcohol necessary to dissolve and extract the oils, terpenes, gums and resins and compounds found in the core and root bark that had been locked at Puama of the Muira beneficial effects.


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Anselmino, Elisabeth, 1933. "The sources ancestral puama Muira. " Ach. Pharm. 271, 296 - 314.

Mowrey, Daniel B. Ph. D. 1993. The Herbal Tonic Therapies, from Keats Publishing, Inc.

English Herbal Pharmacopoeia, 1983. The Association of the British Herbal Medicine, West York, England, pp. 132 - 133.

"Muira puama, Ptychopetalum olacoides. " 1956. Brazilian Pharmacopeia. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Youngken, H. W. 1921. "Observations on the puama Muira, " J. I am. Pharm. Assoc. 10, 690 - 2 (1921)

Waynberg, J, "Contributions of Validation of the Clinical Use of Traditional guyanna Ptychopetalum. " Presented at the First International Congress on Ethnopharmacology, Strasbourg, France, on 5 - 9 June 1990.

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