A tree with reddish bark, that is native to the rainforests of South America.
Use: In Brazil, the catuaba-tea has been highly valued for centuries as an aphrodisiac and medicine.
Preparation: A tablespoon of the cut bark is cooked in 1 liter of water for 5 min., then steep for 15 min. The tea is regularly, often together with lapacho, drank in larger amounts for 14 days up to 3 weeks. Alcoholic extracts from the bark are also effective.
Active constituents: The bark shows a high content of minerals and trace elements. Most of all magnesium, potassium and calcium are contained in large amounts. Then the substances catuabine A to D and tropane-alkaloids. So far it has not been discovered, which of those are responsible for the aphrodisiac effects.
Effects: Various effects are attributed to catuaba: It stimulates the blood flow, especially in the region of the pelvis, acts antispasmodic, strengthens the nerves and lessens nervous gastric complaints. But first and foremost, however, catuaba-bark is used as a potency medicine and an aphrodisiac. Higher doses – taken by both Partners – are suited excellently, to wake the pleasures of love. The skin starts to prickle, the pelvis relaxes, the whole organism is invigorated and stimulated. In Brazil they say: Fathers a man until the age of 60 a child, then he was the one. If it happens beyond that age, it was catuaba.
Side Effects: None are known.
Suppliers: As of now catuaba can be found in some herbal stores in the form of a tea. Cut bark as well as liqueurs, that contain catuaba, are available in ethnobotanical stores.
Miscellaneous: What is sold as catuaba-bark is often not E. catuaba, but the bark of Trichilia catigua or Anemopaegma arvense, by itself or in any mixture of the three plants.