Catuaba: An invigorating and energising aphrodisiac from the Amazon rainforest that is said to be particularly effective for men.
Catuaba, translating into “what gives strength to the Indian”, can be found growing natively in parts of the Amazon rainforest. The bark of this small tree has a long history of being used as a herbal aphrodisiac by the indigenous Tupi Indians of Brazil. Since its discovery by the Tupi, its use has steadily spread across Brazil and consequently, the world. The Tupi have written songs accolading catuaba’s many finer points. It has even led to a saying becoming quite common in the Minas state of Brazil, that “Until a father reaches 60, the son is his; after that, the son is catuaba's!"
The British author and plant researcher Michael van Straten has concluded that catuaba can act as an effective aphrodisiac for both men and women, but its results are much more pronounced in men. It is for this reason that it has garnered a reputation for being a male sex tonic.
Other applications have been reported as a way to calm nerves, increase energy, improve mood, reduce anxiety, relieve pain, kill bacteria, kill viruses, as well as dilate and relax blood vessels.
There has not been a lot of clinical research into catuaba, but long traditions of its use seem to agree on one thing: its aphrodisiac qualities.
Wild harvested Catuaba, water, 66% grain alcohol
2 droppers for full effect.
Catuaba belongs to the Erythroxylacea family of plants, whose primary genus, Erythroxylum contains traces of cocaine. However, catuaba is not one of them and contains none no cocaine alkaloids. It is a fast growing tree that reaches up to about 4m in height and produces inedible fruit as well as small orange and yellow flowers.
Experienced Brazilian botanists and harvesters are known to refer to two different species of trees as catuaba. They refer to them as “small catuaba” and „large catuaba”. The small catuaba is the aphrodisiac containing tree in question. Big catuaba is a tree that reaches up to 40m tall and is related to mahogany – it‘s called catuaba-verdadeira. Unfortunately, this can cause a lot of confusion amongst inexperienced harvesters, and can result in catuaba being mis-labeled.
Catuaba has been found to contain alkaloids, phytosterols, tannins, sequiterpenes, cycolignana and flavonoids. Not much research has been done into the chemical composition, and thus not much is known about which chemicals actively cause the sought after effects within the human body.
There are no known health risks from the use of catuaba. However, this is partly due to a lack of studies into the matter. Do not use it with other drugs, and if you have any pre-existing conditions, are pregnant, or are breast-feeding, then use should be avoided. If in doubt consult a doctor.