Muira Puama is one of a number of herbal extracts that are being used in products that are marketed as natural alternatives to Drug medications such as Viagra. The popularity of these products has risen recently partly due to the fact that they are widely available over the internet, they do not require a Drug and they generally cause no harmful side effects. Muira Puama in particular is known to be a safer form of Yohimbe, another commonly-used sexual performance enhancer.
Muira Puama, which can also be labelled as, among other things, potency wood and Marapuama, is thought to have a stimulating effect of the body and can be used by both men and women (it is said to help relieve PMS symptoms and menopause). Unlike some male enhancement ingredients there has been little clinically testing performed on Muira Puama, although it has performed well in patient studies where, for example, it had a libido supporting effect in men after 2 weeks of use. The amount of Muira Puama that is used in sexual performance enhancers can vary from brand to brand although it is generally thought that 2-4 grams is sufficient. Muira Puama is also available in several different formulations too, including oral capsules, liquid and even topical creams.
For Muira Puama to really be effective in the area of sexual performance, it should ideally be combined with other ingredients that are used for this purpose such as Tongkat Ali, Horny Goat Weed and Damiana. In order for the male to achieve and sustain a good, firm, long-lasting erection, an extra support of blood is needed to the penile chambers. Using ingredients such as the stimulating Muira Puama plus the amino acid L-Arginine, the blood vessels are relaxed and widened which will support blood volume. One advantage that Muira Puama has over many other ingredients is that it can also relieve stress which will help treat the psychological causes that can contribute to sexual impotence and erectile dysfunction.
For any consumer wishing to use Muira Puama to treat these conditions, it is always recommended that they consult with a medical professional first, particularly if they have other medical concerns such as high blood pressure. Even though Muira Puama has not been known to cause adverse side effects, there is still a chance, as with any natural ingredient that it could cause some form of allergic reaction.