Catuaba extract, scientific name Erythroxylum Catuaba, is native of the Brazilian Amazon and is known for its aphrodisiac qualities. This herb goes by many names, including Caramuru, Catuaba Casca, Chuchuhuasha, Golden Trumpet, Pau de Reposta, Piratancara, and Tatuaba. Its sexual health benefits were first discovered by the Tupi tribe, hundreds of years ago. The inhabitants drank Catuaba tea brewed from the bark to enhance libido and erotic dreams. The Catuaba tree produces yellow flowers and inedible fruit, but neither of these is used for medicinal purposes. The bark of the tree is harvested for supplements.
Catuaba contains many compounds such as alkaloids, tannins, aromatic oils, fatty resins, cyclolignans, flavonoids, and phytosterols. According to the herbal medicines of Brazil, Catuaba extract is known as a stimulant, similar to that of the coca plant, but does not contain the alkaloids that cause drug dependency.
Catuaba comes in many species, some of which may contain yohimbine, another natural aphrodisiac. The bark can be harvested from a variety of trees such as Trichilia catigua, Micropholis, Erythroxylum vacciniifolium, Anemopaegma, Secondatia, Ilex, Phyllanthus, Myrtaceae, and Tetragastris. The most popular forms of Catuaba extract are derived from the first two trees within this list.
Catuaba may promote erectile enhancements through its ability to support vasodilation or widening of the blood vessels. With wider blood vessels more blood may flow to the penis and increase the length, maintainability, and width of the erection. Due to Catuaba’s antioxidant properties, it may provide neurological benefits, which could lead to an increase in sexual pleasure by enhancing sensitivity to dopamine, the pleasure hormone.
An established aphrodisiac, Catuaba’s advantages are centered around increased libido, i.e. sexual drive. Low libido can result from many issues such as poor physical fitness, medications, and the natural aging of the sexual process, known as andropause. Andropause results in declination of many aspects of men’s sexual health, including libido, stamina, energy, erectile and ejaculation performance. Symptoms of andropause differ between men and vary from mild to severe. In addition to the benefits for men, Catuaba also provides aphrodisiac benefits for women. Oftentimes, herbal aphrodisiac’s enhancements are gender-specific, but Catuaba is beneficial for both genders in multiple areas.
Peripherally related to sexual health, Catuaba reduces sleep difficulties that related to high blood pressure. As sexual relations can be stressful on the body, high blood pressure may cause exhaustion while interrupted sleep can lead to fatigue. Both of these issues can decrease satisfaction, leading to poorer sexual encounters and frustration for the man and his partner.
Many of Catuaba’s sexual health benefits can be boosted when it is combined with Muira Puama. Together, these may achieve potent benefits related to erectile enhancement and libido.
Catuaba has been prescribed for anxiety and stress reduction. With reduced stress, the sexual experience can be infused with laughter, fun, and more passion. Oftentimes, sexual performance can be hampered by anxiety that may include worry about erection strength, size, and maintainability, or just being appealing to the partner. With Catuaba anxiety does not have to remain a constant passenger in your relationship.
Additionally, less stress can shorten the refractory period. After orgasm, men go through a refractory period where they are unable to reach orgasm, become aroused, or erect. This inability to perform can cause frustration in the sexual relationship and the inability to perform is often placed on the man’s self-esteem. In reality, the refractory period is an unavoidable, and natural, part of men’s sexual health. Catuaba can help this frustrating experience by decreasing stress which may shorten the refractory period and allow the man to continue sexual relations. However, whether the refractory period is shortened or nearly nonexistent, it is important to rest to ensure the overall health of the man.
Catuaba is also known to fight fatigue because it may act as a stimulant for the central nervous system. Increased energy is an excellent precursor to sexual satisfaction as new positions may be tried, stamina will lengthen, and mood enhancements may be seen as productivity rises in and out of the home. With more energy, shared activities between the man and his partner may become a daily pleasure.
Catuaba works as a natural uptake inhibitor to relieve symptoms of depression. An uptake inhibitor prevents the cells of the brain from reabsorbing mood-lifting chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. With these chemicals being released into the brain and not reabsorbed, this may lead to reduce the symptoms of apathy, sadness, and lack of motivation that are characteristic of depression.
Discussing supplemental use with your physician is highly recommended. Your physician can provide advice on dosages and frequencies conducive to your lifestyle and overall health. When taking supplements, you will want to keep regular check-ups with your physician to ensure the best outcome.