Catuaba

Latin:  Trichilia catigua

Family:  Meliaceae

Parts Used:  Bark

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, Warming, Drying

Properties:  Stimulant, diaphoretic, nootropic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, aphrodisiac

Actions:  This is a Brazilian herb that has primarily become popular due to its aphrodisiac properties.  This bark has a stimulant effect that some liken to coca leaf but it carries different “tropane alkaloids”  that have a marked effect on improving mood, cognitive acuity, memory and overall energy levels.  It is vasodilating and that added to its stimulating effect allows for men to achieve erection for longer periods of time.

The effect of this herb is both stimulating and relaxing, warming and can be useful symptomatically for those who are cold, lethargic, anxious and have challenges around sex such as performance anxiety.  At a deeper level, sexual performance should not be regularly enhanced by a drug or an herb symptomatically.  There is a need to address the deeper issues that may be happening such as trauma, depletion, exhaustion and excessive stress.

This is an herb long used by the Tipi Natives of Brazil and like all herbs that have been “discovered” recently by the herbal industry, we need to be very careful of how and where it is procured and the ethics of taking a traditional indigenous herb without giving back to that culture.

Dosage:  1-2 tbsp herb decocted for 30-40 minutes in pint of water.  Peak effect in half hour- total effect lasts about 4 hours.

Contraindications:  Overstimulation possible at higher doses, avoid with hypertension, with other stimulants, sexual enhancement drugs, etc.