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Catuaba
(Erythroxylum catuaba)



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The Catuaba bark is often combined with muira puama, ginkgo, ginseng, horny goat weed, maca, yohimbe (yohimbine), tribulus terrestris, DHEA and others to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) or to increase libido.

As a warning, only buy the herb from reputable manufacturers as one study discovered that, "more than half of the products were adulterated with different crude drugs."

Very little research is done on this herb. Much more research will be required before any conclusion can be drawn.

Click here to see a list of natural remedies that can be used to treat ED.

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Evidence of Benefits (Leaf rating system)

logo leaf rating system natural remedies review benefits side effects Skin Cancer

Researcher T. Uchino et al. (June 2004) reported that the herb protected against skin cancer in mice.
 
logo leaf rating system natural remedies review benefits side effects Depression

One study by M.M. Campos et al. (October 2005) showed that the herb helped to treat depression in rats.
 
logo leaf rating system natural remedies review benefits side effects Bacterial Infection / HIV Infection

Research by H. Manabe et al. (March-April 1992) concluded that the extract from this herb, "effectively protected them from lethal infection of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus." in mice.

They also stated that the "data suggest a medicinal potential of [the] extracts against opportunistic infection in HIV patients."
 
logo leaf rating system natural remedies review benefits side effects Parkinson's Disease (PD)

In a test tube research study, G. Valverde et al. (March 2008) showed that the herb had, "neuroprotective [protects against nerve cell damage] benefit on human neuroblastomas... and they, "suggest it might be useful for Parkinson's disease (PD)."
 
logo leaf rating system natural remedies review benefits side effects Erectile Dysfunction (ED) / Impotence

There are no research studies done on humans. The one (and only one) study done by C. Kletter et al. (October 2004) showed that the herb had no "effect on the rabbit corpus cavernosum [sponge-like erectile tissues in the penis] in vitro test." This test tube study reported a negative result.

For a list of other natural remedies that is used to treat ED, click here.
 
logo leaf rating system natural remedies review benefits side effects Aphrodisiac / Increase Sex Drive / Increase Libido

This herb is traditionally used to boost sex drive. For a list of natural remedies that are used as an aphrodisiac, click here.
 


Facts about Catuaba

What is it?

It is an extract from the bark of several trees native to Brazil. The most commonly used barks comes from the trees of Trichilia catigua and Erythroxylum vacciniifolium.

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Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

  • Anti-inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis)
  • Aphrodisiac / increase sex drive / increase libido
  • Bacterial infection
  • body stimulant
  • Cancer of the skin
  • Central nervous system stimulant / nerve tonic
  • Depression
  • Enhance memory / Alzheimer's disease
  • Erectile dysfunction / impotence
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety / nervousness
  • Fatigue / exhaustion
  • HIV infection
  • Stress
  • Parkinson's disease (PD)

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Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings

There are no reports of side effects from using this herb.

Probably Safe - Oliveria et al. (January 2005) concluded that there were, "no severe adverse reactions or haematological and biochemical changes..." in both sexes of healthy volunteers.

Pregnancy & Lactation - There is no data on using this herb during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Avoid using.

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Common Drug & Health Condition Interactions

There are no reported drug interactions.

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Dosage & How to Take It

There are no dosage information as no studies on this one specific herb are done on humans.

One study did use a mixture called Catuama that also contained guarana and muira puama and ginger. Giving 25 mL of this mixture twice daily for 28 days did not result in any changes in the blood chemistry of the volunteers.

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