With the scientific name of Ptychopetalum uncinatum , the marapuama plant originates from the Amazon rainforest and, although unknown by a large part of the Brazilian population, it has been used for many years by the Indians, who discovered its highly efficient medicinal potential and used it for various purposes. It is common to find its shrubs throughout the country, especially in the North region, identifying it by its small white flowers with a strong and penetrating perfume. Regionally, marapuama can be known as muiratã, muirapuama, pau-homem and liriosma.
The marapuama plant has many acids in its composition, such as lignoceric, arachidic, behenic and campesterol, in addition to alkaloids, essential oils, phytosterols and ether.
Properties and benefits
The main properties of the Muira Puama plant are anti-dysenteric, anti-rheumatic, relaxant, tonic, vermifuge and aphrodisiac. However, the benefits it can provide for the body of those who consume it are several, such as:
- Reduce fatigue and stress;
- Increase libido;
- Improve blood circulation;
- Encourage the proper functioning of memory;
- Helps in the treatment of depression;
- Treats intestinal dysfunctions;
- Reduces sexual impotence;
- Eliminates weakness;
- Eliminates worms that may be in the body;
- Decreases cellulite and swelling;
- Reduces hair loss;
- It helps the treatment of rheumatism;
- Prevents and treats dysentery;
- Prevents the appearance of colds and flu;
- Increases the individual’s energy;
- Strengthens the musculature;
- It works against the weakness caused by some illnesses;
- Helps in the treatment of arthrosis;
- Alleviates heart problems.
Side effects and contraindications
Although it has many providing benefits, the Muira Puama plant also has some records of possible side effects, such as premature ejaculation, palpitations and trembling hands.
Its use is contraindicated for pregnant women, nursing mothers, individuals with hypertension and cardiac disorders.
Before starting any treatment – Whether pharmaceutical or natural – seek medical advice and follow the recommended dosage. The maintenance of your health should always be accompanied by a good professional.
You will find chopped and dried marapuama peels in pharmacies and natural products stores. Heat two tablespoons of the skins together with a liter of water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then cover and allow to warm. When the temperature is ideal for consumption, strain and drink the marapuama tea between two and three times a day.