The Catuaba bark is often combined with muira
puama, ginkgo, ginseng, horny goat weed, maca, yohimbe
and others to treat erectile
dysfunction (ED) or to increase libido.
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.
here to see a list of natural remedies that can be used to
Researcher T. Uchino et al. (June 2004) reported that the herb
protected against skin cancer in mice.
One study by M.M. Campos et al. (October 2005) showed that the herb
helped to treat depression in rats.
Infection / HIV Infection
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."
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)."
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
For a list of other natural remedies that is used to treat ED, click here.
/ 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
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.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- Anti-inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis)
/ increase sex drive / increase
- Bacterial infection
- body stimulant
- Cancer of the skin
- Central nervous system stimulant / nerve tonic
memory / Alzheimer's disease
dysfunction / impotence
- High blood pressure
- Memory loss
- Anxiety / nervousness
- Fatigue / exhaustion
- HIV infection
- Parkinson's disease (PD)
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
There are no reports of side effects from using this herb.
- 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.
Drug & Health Condition Interactions
There are no reported drug interactions.
& 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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