Male sexual performance problems
Memory Loss or forgetfulness
Catuaba is an herb. People use the bark to make medicine.
Catuaba is used to heighten sexual arousal and treat male sexual performance problems. It is also used for agitation, trouble sleeping related to high blood pressure, nervousness, ongoing mental and physical fatigue (neurasthenia), poor memory or forgetfulness, skin cancer; and as a tonic
The Amazon forest is home to countless medicinal herbs and plants and is the home of the relatively small but fast growing Catuaba tree knows mainly for its aphrodisiac abilities. The tree itself produces yellow ﬂowers and an inedible fruits but it is the bark which is harvested for its medicinal properties and made into supplements. Catuaba has the scientiﬁc name of Erythoxylumcatuaba and belongs to a larger family of trees. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding the actual tree species harvested for use and product from both the small catuaba and big trees are used for the same purpose and marketed interchangeably. The bark from the catuaba tree is sometimes referred to as trichiliacatuaga.
There isn't enough information available to know if catuaba is safe.
Special Precautions & Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of catuaba during pregnancy and breast—feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of catuaba depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientiﬁc information to determine an appropriate range of does for catuaba. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Catuaba's widely known health beneﬁt is it effect to the male reproductive organ. Catuaba tea has long been used in traditional Brazilian medicine as aphrodisiac and as tonic to stimulate the central nervous system. It was widely believed that an infusion of Catuaba bark contains active constituents that can increase male libido, enhance sexual performance and can cure impotency. Although there are no sufﬁcient clinical studies that can back up this claim, it doesn't mean that it doesn't work.
Catuaba Can Protect Skin Cells Against Cytotoxic Activity In a study published in “Toxicology in Vitro, 2004” entitled “Potent protecting effects of Catuaba (Anemopaeg mamirandum) extractls against hydroperoxide- induced cytotoxicity”, the study showed that Catuaba extract contain active ingredients called cinchonainslla and 11b that protects the cells from the toxic effects of squalenemonohydroperxide (SQOOH) in rats.
In a study published in “Phytotherapy research, 2004” entitled of platelet phospholipase A2 activity by Catuaba extract suggests anti-inﬂammatory properties”, has shows that the inﬂammation process, phospholipase A2 (PLAZ) catalyses was completely inhibited when Catuaba extract of 120microg/mL was administered to test subjects. The result suggests that Catuaba extract has the potential as a natural anti-inﬂammatory treatment
In a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2005 entitled “Antidepressant—like effects of Trichiliacatigua (Catuaba extract: evidence for dopaminergic-mediated mechanisms', showed that there is a convincing evidence for the dopamine-mediated antidepressant—like effect of the active principle(s) present in the hydroalcoholic extract of trichiliascatigua in mice and rats when in vivo and in vitro strategies were employed.
This study further suggests that a standardized T. catigua extract or its puriﬁed constituents can be of potential interest for the treatment of depressive disorders.
In a study published in the International J oumal of Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology and Drug Research, 1992, entitled “Effects of Catuaba extracts on microbial and HIV infection” have shown that the pretreatment of mice with hot water and alkaline extracts of Catuabacasca (ErythroxylumCatuaba Arr.Cam) effectively protected the mice from lethal infection of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The Catuaba extracts signiﬁcantly inhibited both the human immunodeﬁciency virus (HIV) induced cytopathic effect and the expression of HIV antigen in HIV — ZROD infected human lumphotropic virus type I (HTLV- 1) positive MT—4 cells.