Catuaba Benefits

Latin Name

Erythroxylum catuaba

Also Known As

Catuaba, cataguá, chuchuhuasha, tatuaba, pau de reposta, caramuru, piratançara, angelim-rosa, catiguá



Parts Used

Cut bark, root of the tree

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Catuaba is known to be a tonic for the nervous system, to bring strength, and to fortify and relieve fatigue. For men it is known to enliven the libido. In Brazilian medicine it is often combined with Muira Puama to have a dual action of tonifying the male sexual and urinary organs and relieving the condition of impotence. If it is consumed regularly it is thought to first bring erotic dreams and then to bring increased libido. As it is an Aphrodisiac and a nervine, it is also anti-viral which means that it is effective in fortifying against bacteria and viruses. In modern Brazilian medicine it is thought to treat:
Hypertension & emotional stress
Restless sleep patterns
Failing memory (Alzheimer's & dementia)
Lack of sexual desire.

Typical Use

Make tea with 1-2 teaspoons of the bark per cup of hot water and drink one cup 3 or 4 times a day( before sexual activity) Sweeten with a little honey or Agave syrup.

OR add 1 teaspoon powdered bark into a smoothie (tastes very good ) or mix with a little hot water and honey or Agave syrup to taste, take once per day, or as directed by a Herbal practitioner.

Folklore and History

Catuaba is a legendary Brazilian Aphrodisiac plant first used by the Tupi Indians, there have been many songs that have been composed and sung at its wonder. It is the most famous of all brazilian plants used by the indiginous people and locals for many generations.


The chemical constituents found in catuaba include alkaloids, tannins, aromatic oils and fatty resins, phytosterols, cyclolignans, sequiterpenes, and flavonoids.


None known.