Bark, Cut, 50 Gr from Brazil (SKU 3153)

Roughly cut Catuaba bark. Ethicaly and sustainably wildharvested in Brazil.

Catuaba is a generic term for bark from different trees such as Trichilia catigua, Erythroxylum catuaba, Erythroxylum raccinfolium, Anemopaegna arvense, Phyllanthus nobilis etc. The actual species we offer might vary from one batch to another. These Brazilian trees are used interchangeably by indigenous people, like the Tupi. Preparing it as a tea, they claim it produces an immediate lifting of mood and libido.[1]

Other names: Cataguá, Chuchuhuasha, Tatuaba, Pau de Reposta, Caramuru, Piratançara, Angelim-rosa, Catiguá.

Few beneficial plants are as popular or as widely consumed among the natives of the northern Amazon river basin as the barks of Catuaba and Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides). These two common trees grow widely from Peru to Brazil. Both have been used extensively by natives and non-natives for centuries, to increase libido and improve sexual potency.[2]  In Brazil there is a saying which goes, "Until a father reaches 60, the son is his, after that the son is Catuaba's."[1]

It is said that regular consumption of Catuaba bark over a period of time leads first to erotic dreams, which are later followed by increased libido.[4]  Catuaba may be a useful supplement for those who use prescription antidepressants. It may have a beneficial effect on both seratonin and noradrenalin levels in the brain, which may help prevent the sexual dysfunction commonly associated with SSRI’s. Unlike prescription drugs, effects are noticed within 20 minutes, with a half life of 4-6 hours.

Ecstacy users who are weary of the up/down treadmill and concerned about long-term damage may also find Catuaba an interesting and safer substitute. The effects are milder but are, if anything, rather more agreeable and certainly less violent. Reportedly, there is no deleterious hangover.

Erythroxylaceae (Coca family). Native to Brazil, catuaba is a medium-sized, vigorous growing, leafy tree with a thick knotty trunk. The root system is mostly above ground and each root measures from 2 to 2.5 meters. It produces pretty yellow and orange flowers, and small, oval, dark yellow inedible fruit. It can be found in the Amazon, Para, Pernambuco, Bahia, Maranhao, and Alagoas.

The constituents found in Catuaba include a bitter substance, alkaloids, tannins, aromatic oils and fatty resins, phytosterols, cyclolignans and a chemical Brazilian scientists named, Ioimbina.

Catuaba is often used in combination with Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides) as an aphrodisiac.

[1] Catuaba, Raintree Tropical Plant Database
[2] Herb Sex Boosters, Discovery Health

This natural product is offered for its ethnographic and historical value and is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for a specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen, or a scientific sample. The information provided is purely meant for historical, scientific and educational purposes and should never be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific use. The use and application of our product is at the customer's decision, responsibility and risk.
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