Catuaba

What other names is Catuaba known by?

Caramuru, Catuaba Casca, Chuchuhuasha, Erythroxylum catuaba, Golden Trumpet, Pau de Reposta, Piratancara, Tatuaba.

What is Catuaba?

Catuaba is an herb. People use the bark to make medicine.

Catuaba is used to heighten sexual arousal and treat male sexual performance problems. It is also used for agitation, trouble sleeping related to high blood pressure, nervousness, ongoing mental and physical fatigue (neurasthenia), poor memory or forgetfulness, skin cancer; and as a tonic.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of catuaba for these uses.

How does Catuaba work?

Catuaba contains chemicals that might work against certain bacteria and viruses.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if catuaba is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of catuaba during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Catuaba.

The appropriate dose of catuaba depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for catuaba. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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