Muira Puama

Updated | 2018-10-29

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Muira Puama


Botanical Name: Ptychopetalum olacoides

Order: Santalales

Family: Olacaceae

The bark and roots of the tree are used for medicine. Sometimes another species, Ptychopetalum uncinatum, is used as an alternative to Ptychopetalum olacoides.








Conflicting (Unclear):


Limited Evidence:

  • Dark Circles, a cream with muira puama/suma (Brazilian ginseng) / Lilium candidum [1]

No Evidence:


No Clinical Research:

All other conditions.

Side Effects
Side effects may include:
  • Side effects have not been studied.
Precautions and Adverse Events:
  • Use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing muira puama.
  • Muira puama does not appear to have the same side effects potential of herbal medicines containing yohimbine.

Pregnant or Nursing

There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing muira puama during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use. [2]









Muira puama is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.

Muira Puama compounds


1. Eberlin S, Del Carmen Velazquez Pereda M, de Campos Dieamant G, Nogueira C, Werka RM, de Souza Queiroz ML. Effects of a Brazilian herbal compound as a cosmetic eyecare for periorbital hyperchromia ("dark circles"). J Cosmet Dermatol. 2009 Jun;8(2):127-35. 2. DerMarderosian A, Beutler JA. The review of natural products: the most complete source of natural product information. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO, USA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2012.

The "-" means there is no information.