Posted: 05 Jul 2014 08:00 AM PDT
Known as “potency wood” to indigenous cultures of Brazil, Muira Puama has a long history of remedying many female-related health issues. While the entire plant can be used, the root and bark are the most commonly-employed components. This native Amazonian plant has shown promise for boosting female libido, decreasing stress, and some research indicates that the plant may even stimulate the brain. 
Benefits of Muira Puama for Women
Now, before we get too deep, fear not men, Muira Puama can benefit both genders, not just women. But, today we’re going to talk about how it benefits women. So, let’s explore these four benefits of Muira puama for female health.
1. Stimulates Libido
One of the main qualities of Muira Puama that attracted early American explorers was its reputation as a strong aphrodisiac. A study investigating its libido-boosting potential evaluated 202 healthy women with low sex drives. After one month of supplementation with Muira Puama, 65% reported improvements in desire and sexual satisfaction. The women in the study also experienced more fantasies and increased orgasm intensity. 
2. Boosts Physical Performance
Men and women of all ages have historically turned to herbs to boost physical performance, and Muira Puama is no exception. In Brazil, the herb is considered a natural tonic for physical and athletic performance and is often used to fight fatigue.  What’s the explanation? Studies have found that Muira Puama may act as a mild stimulant.
3. It’s Good Brain Food
Physical abilities and a strong libido are of little value without a strong, sound mind. Animal models have shown that Muira extract may support cognitive function, often in as little as two weeks. 
4. Promotes a Healthy Stress Response
Working mothers who have the responsibility of balancing home life with work life are usually under constant stress. The effects of stress can be detrimental to human health. Many studies show that chronic, unmanaged stress can negatively affect the immune system, increase blood sugar and insulin levels. Muira may be helpful for reducing anxiety, something that can significantly decrease emotional and mental stress. 
Supplementing With Muira Puama
Historically, Muira Puama was simmered in a large pot of water and consumed as a tea. Some evidence suggests, however, that the active components in Muira Puama that are responsible for the plant’s benefits may be water insoluble. Taking a high-quality extract in a tincture or capsule form may be the best way of getting the valuable nutrients.
Have you supplemented with Muira Puama? What results have you noticed? Share your experience with us in the comments!
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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