Within Brazilian herbal medicine, catuaba bark is categorized as a stimulant and is even related to the coca plant. But, you can relax. Catuaba doesn’t contain any of the alkaloids found in cocaine. Catuaba bark does contain, however, three specific alkaloids believed to support a healthy libido. Some catuaba even contains yohimbine, another natural aphrodisiac.
While the Western jury might still be out and I certainly recommend a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to purported aphrodisiacs, catuaba is enjoying ever increasing popularity in the Brazilian market. It is still used primarily as an aphrodisiac in Brazil.
Recently it has started to appear as an ingredient in aphrodisiac supplements in the United States. Unfortunately, studies have suggested that the quality and content of these supplements varies a great deal so make sure that you purchase it from a reputable supplier.
2.Effect on the nervous system
As well as being used historically for sexual purposes, Brazilians have long been using the catuaba root extract to treat a range of conditions related to the nervous system. I am unable to find any concrete proof of its efficacy but these days it is often recommended by herbalists to treat neuralgia, sciatica and other nervous system complaints.
3.Anxiety and stress
Like so many other herbal medicines, catuaba is used for its ability to deal with a range of emotional disorders related to stress. How effectively it works is open to debate but it is often recommended for anxiety disorders, nervousness and insomnia.
The most commonly prescribed current treatments for depression are very often accompanied by unwanted and often extremely nasty side effects while proving ineffective for a large percentage of the people taking them.
For that reason, it is certainly desirable to find a safe natural alternative remedy for depression. There has been some research done that suggests catuaba might be a potential treatment for the debilitating symptoms of depression.
5.Focus and memory
Catuaba is sometimes used as a general tonic to balance and strengthen overall body functions while it is also said to boost memory and enhance focus.
A 2004 Study found that Catuaba totally inhibited PLA2 activity (4). PLA2 is involved in the inflammation response. High levels of sPLA2 are present in people with Alzheimer’s and MS. By inhibiting PLA2—Catuaba likely has anti-inflammatory properties.
7.Oxidative stress/Brain damage
Catuaba was tested in a 2012 study done on rats subjected to oxygen and glucose deprivation (5). The study found that Trichilia catigua (catuaba) could be effective as a preventative agent against brain damage.
A 1992 study done with mice showed Erythroxylum catuaba alkaloids had a strong protective effect. The mice were give lethal doses of E. Coli and Staph–opportunistic infections that can affect HIV patients. The catuaba extract inhibited HIV spreading into the cells and protected against the infections. The researchers concluded catuaba may have a potential fighting opportunistic infections in HIV patients.
catuaba is one of the most popular Amazonian aphrodisiac plants in the world and is included in many male enhancement formulas.
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