Catuaba Bark

Catuaba Bark

What is Catuaba bark?

The Catuaba bark refers to tree bark infusions, which are native to Brazil. Catuaba barks mostly come from Erythroxylum vaccinifolium and Trichilia catigua trees species.

The Brazilian plants known as “Catuaba” are actually represented by more than twenty different species; crucially, we have sourced a subspecies of Trichilia catigua which displays the most potent aphrodisiac effect due its high concentration of tropane alkaloids.

Local names for this bark are:

  • Caramuru
  • Piratancara
  • Pau de Reposta
  • Tatuaba
  • Chuchuhuashao
  • Golden Trumpet

History of Catuaba bark:

It was the first evaluated derivative of the tree species Erythrxylum Catuaba, back inteh early 1900’s. HOwever, even now we have muchh about this tree. Therefore it is an unrecognized species.
According to the Brazillian medicine, infusion of Catuaba bark is helpful as a stimulant for the nervous system and for aphrodisiac purposes.

Uses of Catuaba bark:

  1. Beneficial for your brain:
    According to researchers, Catuaba bark can minimize brain damage as a result of exposure to toxins in the environment. These toxins and free radicals can damage our neurons and other brain cells. Catuaba extracts have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can protect the brain from oxidation. This prevention can help ameliorate brain-related diseases.
  2. Mood enhancer:
    Therapeutic herbs form the trees of amazon like suma root, Muira Puama, and maca root possess some natural properties to enhance mood. According to researches from Brazil, extracts of Catuaba can do an effect on mood. This property is highly beneficial to support the overall well being and promote memory or mental acuity.
    Women with a clinical history of PMS can also get benefit from these herbs as a normal response to stress.
  3. Natural aphrodisiac:
    According to traditional Indian cultures, there is a wide range of Catuaba bark uses. The property of Catuaba bark to act as an aphrodisiac is the most potent. This bark contains yohimbine, which is an active compound to provide stimulation to sexual responses. Catuaba can help to treat sexual problems among males, which makes it the most reliable herb. Other uses of Catuaba bark are to treat:
  • Exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Skin cancer
  • Forgetfulness or poor memory performance
  • Fatigue
  • Other conditions as neurasthenia (physical fatigue) and hypertension (high blood pressure)

Different types of Catuaba:

There are different types of Catuaba barks, which have different uses.

  1. Trichilia Catigua:
    The most common use of Trichilia Catigua is to treat conditions as concentration deficit, anxiety, and depression.
    Pain and other neurological disorders are also treatable with Trichilia Catigua. This specie of Catuaba bark regulates the dopamine present in the brain.
    Trichilia Catigua belongs to the family of plant Meilicaceae. This specie includes mahogany trees.
    Big Catuaba is a local name for this species due to its large leaves.
    An issue with Meilicaceae specie is its resemblance with bark in comparison to mahogany trees. Mahogany trees do not have the same benefits as that of Catuaba bark.
    That is why we need to buy these herbs from some reputable and authentic sources.
  2. Erythroxylum Catuaba:
    The most common uses of Erythroxylum Catuaba is to improve sexual functioning, bacterial infections, and memory problems.
    This specie is comparatively smaller than Trichilia catigua; that is why we know it as “little Catuaba” due to its smaller size.
    Erythroxylum Catuaba belongs to the family of Erythroxylaceae plants. This specie is related to Erythroxylum coca, which is a plant to extract cocaine (a street drug).
    This plant species has a strong effect due to its antibacterial properties, which provides an energy boost and improved sexual functioning.
    However, we do not get the anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties in this species, which are present in Trichilia catigua.
  3. Micropholis Spp:
    The most common use of Micropholis Spp is to boost energy and improve sexual functions.
    This herb belongs to the family of Sapotaceae, which includes other plants as Vitellaria paradoxa.
    Vitellaria paradoxa is a rich source for shae butter.
    Micropholis has about 38 plant species, which also belong to Catuaba.
    According to traditional history, Micropholis plant species have the best stimulants and aphrodisiac uses.
    Many herbal medicines in South America are facing deforestation and overexploitation. While buying these herbs, you must consider the authenticity of the source, which maintains high standards.
  4. A. Mirandum and Anemopaegma Arvense:
    The most common uses of these species are to treat neurodegenerative disorders and diseases. According to animal research studies, Anemopaegma mirandum is beneficial for treating neurological problems in mice. Scientists protected these mice with Anemopaegma mirandum after administering neurotoxin (rotenone).
    Its human clinical trials are yet to carry out.
    These researches suggest that these Catuaba species are beneficial against Parkinson’s disease.
  5. Phyllanthus Nobilis:
    The most common use of Phyllanthus Nobilis is to treat diabetes. The genus of this plant is Phyllanthus, which has a diversity of pollen forms.
    Two other species belonging to this genus are Chanca De Piedra and Phyllanthus niruri, which have strong antidiabetic properties.
    The origin of these species is the Amazon rainforest.
  6. Eriotheca Candolleana:
    This herb has no medicinal uses outside the area of South America.
    Eriotheca Candolleana belongs to the family of marshmallows (Malvaceae).
    This plant species contains several phenotypes ranging from small herbs (marshmallows) to large trees (white Catuaba).
    Landscaping is the most common use of this species.
    Eriotheca Candolleana is present in the Catuaba family, which is an attractive plant but has little medical significance.
  7. Tetragastris Catuaba:
    Tetragastris Catuaba is a non-medicinal herb, which has origin in the mountains of the Amazon rainforest. The plant species are strange, which led to ethnobotanical sebates due to its taxonomical classifications.


Catuaba bark is a natural herb with several therapeutic uses. It is best to treat anxiety, depression, mood, and sexual function in men and women.


C. Kletter et al., “Morphological, chemical and functional analysis of Catuaba preparations,” Planta Med., 2004.

Lim P. (2017). Asian herbals and aphrodisiacs used for managing ED. Translational andrology and urology6(2), 167–175.

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