Catuaba bark extract root supplement 500 mg, benefit, safety and side effects, how safe is it?
Does it work for impotence or erectile dysfunction?
Can it be combined with other aphrodisiac herbs?
October 31 2016

Benefit and side effects
Catuaba is a medium-sized tree found in the Amazon forest in the northern part of Brazil. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Catuaba bark is considered a central nervous system stimulant with aphrodisiac properties and a bark decoction is used for nervousness, poor memory, and sexual weakness. Apparently the Topi Indians have known about its sex-enhancing properties for many centuries.

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Supplement Facts: Catuaba Bark Powder 500 mg full spectrum (Erythroxylum catuaba)
Dosage: Start with one capsule in the morning. If no benefit after 2 days, you may consider taking a higher dose. Some people may require two pills to notice the erectile enhancement.

First background info: Male, 50 years, 6’2″, 225lbs, somewhat sedentary (office work), generally good health (my blood pressure and cholesterol are just a little high) Libido is fine – in fact less would be better. However, I’m not as young as I used to be. Twice a week and everything seems to work fine. But at a more desirable 5 times a week, I seem to need a little, uh, “assistance” some mornings. I’ve tried Cialis, and catauba works in a similar manner and is every bit as good. Taken in the evening it can result in an erection lasting most of the night which gets in the way of normal tossing and turning resulting in a difficult night’s sleep. Taken in the morning it seems superior to Cialis or yohimbe. This is two catauba capsules (500mg each) as purchased from Physician Formulas. The strong effects seem to last about 6 hours or so. I have not tried it on a continuous basis but rather on an as needed basis – much like you would use Viagra, for example.
This is unusual since for most people it takes them several days to notice the benefits.

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Erectile dysfunction, impotence, how does it work?
We are not aware of specific human studies regarding the role of catuaba in impotence treatment as of 2016. Indigenous tribes of the Amazon Rainforest and city dwellers in Brazil have used this plant for generations as a natural herbal remedy for libido enhancement. Catuaba and muira puama are the most famous of all Brazilian aphrodisiac plants and they are often found together in formulas as an Erectile Dysfunction Herbal remedy. The mechanism of action regarding the aphrodisiac properties is currently not well understood.

Best choice for herbal sex booster
I’m not sure which herb to try first can u tell me which among horny goat weed, muira puama, catuaba, etc, which among all of these has a good record in terms of erectile dysfunction?
A. Catuaba seems more focused on erection while muira puama may be be more for libido, horny goat weed could do both, but individual responses vary.

Which is a better sexual enhancer, Tongkat Extract, catuaba root powder or suma plant?
A. It’s hard to say, but the combination would be okay if the dosages are kept low. Suma is a weaker aphrodisiac than catuaba which is weaker than tongkat ali.

Mixing or combining with muira puama or marapuama
What would be a good proportion for mixing catuaba with muira puama or also called marapuama? Equal parts by weight? Do you know in what proportions they are mixed by the Tupi natives in Brazil. I understand that some Brazilian natives mix maca with the other two. Any idea what the optimum proportions would be?
There is no standard by which one can say the exact proportions of these herbs to be mixed. The best option is to try each one separately for a week or two and then combine then in different dosages to see what combination works best for you. Also, keep in mind that the required dosage may be less over time once the herbs or their effects accumulate in the body. There are no simple answers.

What’s in the bark extract, substances in the plant
Substances found in the plant include alkaloids (catuabine A, B, and C), tannins, aromatic oils and fatty resins, phytosterols, and cyclolignans.

Catuaba side effects and safety, danger
There are no known major side effects with catuaba, however the use in North America is relatively new since for centuries it has been used predominantly by Amazon natives. Little is known about its long-term safety. We suggest you take 2 days off a week and a full week off each month.

What about drug interactions, medications, Viagra
So little is known about catuaba that it is difficult to say how it interacts with other herbs or medicines. However, we do know that it is often used safely with muira puama by natives in northern Brazil.

More than half of users find catuaba to be beneficial, particularly is erection enhancement. Most of the positive responses mention an enhanced ability to maintain erections. Jonathan, 52, reports, “After 3 days of use I notice easier erections, and a friend suggested I combine it with muira puama. The combination seems to be more potent. I had previously noticed that muira puama enhanced my libido, and since the catuaba helps with my erections, it seems logical to combine them.”

Dosage and availability, tincture, powder, liquid
Catuaba has been historically consumed by Amazonian natives as a tea made from the bark. Indigenous Brazilians claim that after drinking one to three cups of tea steadily over a period of a few days or weeks, the first effects that occur are usually erotic dreams, and then increased sexual desire. Claims have been made that an alcohol tincture extract contains more of the active ingredients and provides better results, although we have not come across such research but it is possible.
Catuaba capsules are sold consisting of a range from 500 to 1,000 mg. The recommended dose would be 0.5 to 1.5 g per day of the full spectrum herb. One full dropper of the alcohol tincture can be taken twice a day with breakfast and lunch. Catuaba is commonly found in two-ounce liquid bottles; one milliliter provides about 500 mg. There are also different extract potencies of catuaba, such as a 4:1 extract.
A google search reveals that catuaba is available in many formulas, often combined with other herbs. There are probably hundreds of libido products marketed over the counter, and it quite likely that many of them are effective while others provide disappointing results.

Review and summary
The well-documented historical use, and our experience with consumers, leads us to believe that catuaba does have aphrodisiac properties. With its popularity gradually becoming more prominent, it would be of use if more attention and research focused on the potential benefits of this interesting plant.

Anti-inflammatory benefit
We are not sure how similar this plant is to other species such as Erythroxylum catuaba.

Inhibition of platelet phospholipase A2 activity by catuaba extract suggests antiinflammatory properties.
Phytother Res. 2004.

Use with prescription medications, antidepressants
Can catuaba and muirapuama be taken by someone on Prozac or Lexapro. If someone skips a day on Lexapro, would it be beneficial to use the herbal aphrodisiacs for increasing libido?
There are no simple answers since much depends on the person’s individual response, the dosage of the antidepressant medication, the length of time used, diet, sleep patterns, overall medical condition, and many other factors. It is preferable to use them when not taking a SSRI drug.

Drug test
I would like to know if taking the herb catuaba herb would make you fail a drug test? I’ve heard that it is in the coca family, but that it does not contain any of the properties of cocaine.
We seriously doubt its use would make one fail a drug test, but since we have no personal knowledge with this, we can’t be 100 percent sure, but 99.9 percent sure.

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I discovered this Sure Erect Pills website some months ago. Could this be a genuine product that works as well as they  claim? They do say: “Clinical trials in progress at various academic institutions have shown encouraging results in patients with ED without producing any side effects.” If true, that does make Sure Erect Pills product interesting.
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Mag stearate
Why is there magnesium stearate in this catuaba supplement pill when a powder and a binder is not needed? I have a skin condition that is sensitive to magnesium stearate. Do you know how I can purchase it without it?
The manufacturer of the catuaba product prefers to use magnesium stearate in order to prevent clumping of the herb during manufacturing and encapsulation. You may find other products on the market through a google search that do not have magnesium stearate added.