Catuaba: Overview

Native to the forests of Brazil, Catuaba is a tree which is traditionally used primarily for its aphrodisiac properties.

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History; Source

The historic traditional use of this herbal tonic is legendary.  Many say it is the most famous of all the Brazilian aphrodisiac plants.

There are two species preferred and used by the Brazilians, Erythroxylum catuaba and Trichilia catigua.  Other varieties have been reported as being harvested and imported to the United States which are totally different trees.  Catuaba belongs to the family Erythroxylaceae, and is related to the plant which is the source of cocaine.

Why it is Recommended

Catuaba is a strong tonic and nervous system fortifier.  It is known for its general capability of giving strength and relieving fatigue.

Catuaba bark is the most famous of all Brazilian aphrodisiac plants and used without any ill effects at all.  It is also considered a brain and nerve stimulant with a bark tea used for sexual weakness, impotency, nervous debility and exhaustion.

The primary uses are for central nervous system disorders and impotence.  It is commonly used with Muira puama for its aphrodisiac qualities.  Other uses include aiding memory and forgetfulness, insomnia, nervous system related pain, fatigue, hypertension and anxiety.

Catuaba can increase circulation in the male reproductive organ, as well as libido.  It is famous as a stimulant to the nervous system and brain.


Mix the extract with your favorite beverage if you don't like the taste, otherwise hold some under the tongue for a few seconds before swallowing.  Take 20 to 40 drops 2-3 times daily.


Catuaba is considered an "innocent" aphrodisiac, meaning no adverse side-effects have been reported in its use.

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Catuaba can help with the following:


Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

Catuaba has a long history in herbal medicine as an aphrodisiac.  According to Dr. Michael van Straten, noted British herbalist and naturopath, Catuaba is beneficial to men and women as an aphrodisiac, but "it is in the area of male impotence that the most striking results have been reported" and "there is no evidence of side effects, even after long-term use."

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