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Sep 2, 2009 | By Rica Lewis

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), aphrodisiacs are used to increase sexual drive, performance and desire. Viramax, an aphrodisiac and widely known product, is male enhancement product often used to treat erectile dysfunction and contains three herbal aphrodisiacs, including catuaba. Catuaba bark is derived from a tree which grows 2 to 4 m tall and is decorated with yellow or orange flowers. The tree is found in northern Brazil and is touted for its numerous health effects, such as boosting libido, relieving depression, insomnia, pain and protecting the body from bacteria.


Catuaba bark is said to have been discovered by the Tupi Indians and used initially for enhancing the libido (see Resources for more information). The herb was originally boiled to make tea, but today it is available as a capsule and can be found at health food stores or some pharmacies. Though the effectiveness is not scientifically proven, it is said to work by stimulating the nervous system and aiding with genital function.


Catuaba bark is said to enhance the mood, aiding with symptoms of depression and anxiety. The herb is also known as Caramuru, Golden Trumpet, Chuchuhuasha, Erythroxylum catuaba, Pau De Reposta, Piratancara and Tatuaba. It may be effective for boosting the mood due to the feelings of euphoria that are said to result from use. This herb may not be effective for treating severe conditions, as the effects are mild.


Catuaba bark is also said to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, which may aid those with existing conditions or in fending off bacteria. In Brazil, the bark is dropped into a bottle of rum, which is said to draw out its properties. For those supplementing with the herb, the effects are said to be experienced within weeks of regular use. According Dr. Meira Penna, when used as an aphrodisiac, the catuaba bark is innocent, as it can be used without any ill effects at all.

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