Catuaba (Erythroxylum catuaba)
Usage / Preparation
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Cataguá, Chuchuhuasha, Tatuaba, Pau de Reposta, Caramuru, Piratançara, Angelim-rosa, Catiguá.
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 as an aphrodisiac.
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. 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)
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.
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"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)