Catuaba is the name of a plant and a Brazilian drink prepared with the branches, bark, rhizome and leaves of various types of plants, which popularly bear this name together. The drink made with alcohol and marketed as “Catuaba Selvagem” has a mixture of extracts of catuaba, guaraná and marapuama with 16.5% alcohol and soft red wine.
The plants that make up what is popularly called catuaba are of the species Tríchílía catígua (catuaba itself), Anemopaegma glaucum, Avenco paegma mirandum, Paullínía cupana (guaraná), Ptychopetalum olacoides (muirapuama) and Zinziber offícinalis (ginger).
Benefits of Catuaba
Catuaba (other than alcoholic drinks) has medicinal benefits to reduce the effects of tiredness, lack of memory and mental exhaustion, impotence and lack of libido, neurasthenia, nervousness and depression. Its properties include stimulating, aphrodisiac, tonic and acts as a natural energizer.
The effects of its consumption are long term, allowing the central nervous system to be stimulated. So it is used to improve memory and rebalance sleep and nervousness . It is said that with the increase in libido, in both genders, male and female, the use of catuaba brings first the signs of erotic dreams and, subsequently, a great increase in sexual desire. There has even been a survey by Unicamp in this regard, which tested catuaba on rabbits, proving the effects.
The marapuama, one of the plants used in the mixture of the catuaba drink, was also tested for being an aphrodisiac and the result was positive. The ancestral wisdom of the Indians had also been using catuaba as an aphrodisiac for a long time. And the herb has no reported side effects or toxicities. Some foreign studies are also trying to relate the plant with an antibacterial and antiviral effect to manufacture medicines.
Different Ways to Consume Catuaba
Catuaba tea can be made with its bark, leaves and flowers. Used against fatigue and tiredness, in half a liter of water you can add 2 tablespoons of catuaba . After that, let it boil for 3 minutes, and, in infusion, let it rest until it is at the right temperature to be drunk, and so strain.
The recommendation of daily intake of catuaba is up to 2 grams per day , and there are already catuaba capsules to be administered with the doctor’s guidance.
Already the alcoholic drink that bears the name of Catuaba can be bought in many bars, supermarkets and stores. Its price is cheaper considering other wines. Some bars are also already preparing drinks that take catuaba, with vodka, roasted peanuts and condensed milk. Or even a new version of Gin tonic that takes catuaba. The Catuaba Selvagem brand also announced a version of the drink with açaí. Creativity allows you to do several experiments. But alcoholic beverages cannot be used for medicinal purposes , of course.
Contraindications of Catuaba
The side effect of catuaba only happens in the case of drinking, due to alcohol, such as headache and hangover when taken in excess. The catuaba herb is not suitable for pregnant women and children under 12 years old. Patients suffering from glaucoma or ventricular pre-excitation should also not use catuaba tea.
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