The vast rain forest stretching across Brazil into adjoining countries is nature's repository for countless medicinal plants. For centuries, a number of these botanicals have been employed by native tribes like the Tupi to address problems of a sexual nature. Rising above most others in this category is catuaba (pronounced kot–chew–BAH).
What does it do?
Considered a central nervous system stimulant, catuaba is a tonic that is used to treat depression and fight fatigue. Studies reveal catuaba's potential for helping the body resist HIV infection on a cellular level. This botanical is also the subject of research into its capacity to retrieve poor memory and to prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Mixed with the herb muira puama, catuaba's potency increases, with the resulting "dynamic duo" capable of enhancing erectile strength through the widening of the blood vessels (vasodilation). Not confined to serving the male, catuaba is also a libido stimulant for women.
About the herb
Related to the coca plant, catuaba contains none of the alkaloids found in cocaine. This small flowering tree bears orange and yellow blooms, followed by a yellowish–brown fruit that is inedible. Catuaba's medicinal treasure is found in the tree bark.
Improving memory, regulating sleep cycles and elevating your mood may be a simple matter of integrating catuaba into your daily health regime. When using the standard tincture, 2–3 ml is the recommended dose. If you prefer a relaxing herbal beverage, 1 to 3 cups of catuaba tea each day offers a number of benefits.
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