Muira Puama in originated in Amazon of Brazil. Muira puama (also known as ‘potency wood’) is a small tree or bush that grows up to a height of 15 meters and produces petite white flowers having a pungent aroma akin to that of jasmine. The trunk of this shrub-like tree is grey, the leaves deep brown and it bears fruits that have an orange-yellow hue. Muira puama is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, where people have been employing the plant in the form of a stimulant for neuromuscular disorders, for baths and massage as well as an herbal tea to cure rheumatism, impotence and gastrointestinal problems.
In a French study involved 262 male patients shows that more than 62% patients changed their life by taking Muira Puama 1 g per day,while 51 per cent of patients suffering from erectile dysfunction were of the view that muira puama was helpful in improving their condition.The traditional purpose of taking Muira Puama is for impotence.is commonly referred to as the “potency wood” because of its reported uses for stimulating the libido.Some people called Muira Puama as “Source of Strength”.
It is said that this herb is also beneficial to treating central nervous system disorder and it is also used as anti stress agent. Researches undertaken more recently showed that the extract from muira puama possessed adaptogenic (herbs that work to normalize the functioning of the systems of the body), anti-stress, and anti-fatigue properties as well as had positive and helpful effects on the central nervous system.
In 2003, Brazilian researchers have reported that an alcohol extract obtained from muira puama helped in retrieving memory in young as well as aged mice and documented that the extract may prove to be useful for patients enduring Alzheimer’s disease. The findings of these researchers’ subsequent study that was published in 2004 noted that an alcohol extract obtained from muira puama looked after as well as enhanced the capability of the brain cells in mice (partially by means of an antioxidant result), which might prove to be helpful for people who have endured stroke.