Muira Puama (Ptychopetali lignum)

Published October 15, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Ptychopetali lignum, muira puama wood.

Composition of Drug

Muira puama consists of the wood from the trunk and/or roots of Ptychopetalum olacoides Bentham and/or P. unicatum Anselmino [Fam. Olacaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Muira puama is used for the prevention of sexual disorders and as an aphrodisiac.

The effectiveness of the claimed applications has not been documented.


None known.


The administration of muira puama preparations cannot be recommended, since the effectiveness has not been documented.