Central and South American cultures have a rich history of using native plants, herbs, and botanicals for a wide range of applications. From South American herbal remedies, to culinary dishes and tea, to building materials and everyday items such as toothbrushes, ancient civilizations such as the Mayans had no shortage of uses for the hundreds of different local plant varieties. While kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is only found in Asia, there are a number of rather remarkable Central or South American herbs. One notable botanical is called muira puama. Muira puama is regarded as a popular kratom alternative and it is just now beginning to gain popularity in the U.S., Europe and beyond.