Anemopaegma arvense, Anemopaegma mirandrum, Caramuru, Catigua, Catuaba Casca, Chuchuhuasha, Erythroxylum catuaba, Erythroxylum vacciniifolium, Golden Trumpet, Pau de Reposta, Piratancara, Tatuaba, Trichilia catigua.


Overview Information

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

People use catuaba for sexual arousal and performance, agitation, poor memory, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

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


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Male sexual performance problems.
  • Anxiety.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Fatigue.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Nervousness.
  • Poor memory or forgetfulness.
  • Skincancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of catuaba for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if catuaba is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if catuaba is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for CATUABA Interactions.



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.

View References


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  • Campos, M. M., Fernandes, E. S., Ferreira, J., Santos, A. R., and Calixto, J. B. Antidepressant-like effects of Trichilia catigua (Catuaba) extract: evidence for dopaminergic-mediated mechanisms. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 2005;182(1):45-53. View abstract.
  • Daolio, C., Beltrame, F. L., Ferreira, A. G., Cass, Q. B., Cortez, D. A., and Ferreira, M. M. Classification of commercial Catuaba samples by NMR, HPLC and chemometrics. Phytochem.Anal. 2008;19(3):218-228. View abstract.
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