Catuaba Health Benefits
Catuaba health benefits may include an ability to boost libido and treat erectile dysfunction as well as aid in general sexual health in men. The catuaba (Erythroxylum catuaba) is a tree native of Brazil and with bark that has long been used as an aphrodisiac and a nervous system stimulant
In addition to sexual health issues, catuaba (Erythroxylum catuaba) is used to treat nervousness, nerve pain, agitation, and poor memory. According to British author and medicinal plant researcher Michael van Straten, catuaba helps both men and women as an aphrodisiac. There is no evidence of side effects, even with long-term use.
Catuaba contains a variety of components, including alkaloids, tannins, flavonoids, and aromatic oils, among others. Clinical studies have reported on catuaba health benefits, including antibacterial and antiviral properties, as well as pain-relieving abilities, all of which have been in animal research. (Manabe 1992; Vaz 1997) Thus far, no clinical research has validated the use of catuaba as an aphrodisiac or treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). However, three alkaloids in catuaba named catuabine A, B, and C are believed to boost sexual function by stimulating the nervous system.
Use of catuaba to boost libido or to treat ED is largely done based on anecdotal reports and the herb’s long history of use by native peoples for these purposes. Various products are available, including catuaba alone as well as in libido-boosting formulas. As a stand-alone supplement, a standard infusion is 1 to 3 cups daily or 1 to 2 g in capsules daily. (Sahelian) Men who wish to explore catuaba health benefits should consult their healthcare provider before starting supplementation.
Manabe H et al. Effects of catuaba extracts on microbial and HIV infection. In Vivo 1992; 6(2): 161-65
Sahelian R, MD. http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=2288
Vaz ZR et al. Analgesic effect of the herbal medicine Catuaba in thermal and chemical models of nociception in mice. Phytother Res 1997; 11(2): 101-6