Catuama herbal product health benefit and aphrodisiac benefit, how well does it work, how does it compare to other sex enhancing formulas?
Feb 28 2016

Catuama is an erectile dysfunction herbal product very popular in Brazil. Catuama (a mixture of Trichilia catigua, Paullinia cupana, ptychopetalum olacoides, and Zinziber officinalis). The herbs in Catuama are available as single supplements sold over the counter in the US. For instance, Ptychopetalum olacoides, one of the components of Catuama, is also known and sold as a single herb muira puama.

Side effects and safety of Catuama in humans, toxicity, risks
Clinical toxicology study of an herbal medicinal extract of Paullinia cupana, Trichilia catigua, Ptychopetalum olacoides and Zingiber officinale (Catuama) in healthy volunteers.
Phytother Res. 2005. Oliveira CH, Moraes ME, Moraes MO, Bezerra FA, Abib E, De Nucci G. Miguel Servet Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Campinas, SP, Brazil.
In Brazil, a herbal medicinal extract named Catuama containing a mixture of Paullinia cupana (guarana), Trichilia catigua (catuaba; Meliaceae), Ptychopetalum olacoides (muirapuama; Olacaceae) and Zingiber officinale (ginger) is used as a body stimulant, energetic, tonic and aphrodisiac. The present study investigated the chronic administration of 25 mL Catuama twice a day during 28 days for any toxic effect on healthy human volunteers of both sexes. No severe adverse reactions or hematological and biochemical changes were reported.

Catuama is a mixture of Trichilia catigua, Paullinia cupana, Ptychopetalum olacoides, and Zinziber officinalis used in Brazil for sexual enhancement
Aphrodisiac herbs available over the counter
These include maca, tongkat ali, butea superba, cnidium monnieris, tribulus terrestris extract, horny goat weed, avena sativa, LJ100, muira puama, catuaba, ginger, cistanches, and yohimbe bark extract. Catuama is an herbal formula. In Brazil, Catuama containing a mixture of Paullinia cupana (guarana; Sapindaceae), Trichilia catigua (catuaba; Meliaceae), Ptychopetalum olacoides (
Muira Puama; Olacaceae) and Zingiber officinale (ginger; Zingiberaceae) is used as a body stimulant, energetic, tonic and Natural Aphrodisiac.

I tried Catuama product and it was not as effective as I thought, what other options are there to enhance sexuality?
   It is difficult to know sometimes why some people do not respond to the herbal meds and sometimes also to Viagra. You may consider trying tongkat ali, horny goat weed, mucuna pruriens, or tribulus terrestris single herbs to see if any work for you.

Catuama and corpus cavernosum effects
The relaxation of isolated rabbit corpus cavernosum by the herbal medicine Catuama and its constituents.
Phytotherapy Research. 2001 August. Antunes E, Gordo WM, de Oliveira JF, Teixeira CE, Hyslop S, De Nucci G. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil.
The effects of the Brazilian herbal medicine Catuama and each of its plant constituents (Paullinia cupana, Trichilia catigua, Zingiber officinalis and Ptychopetalum olacoides) were investigated on rabbit corpus cavernosum. Catuama caused short-lived and dose-dependent relaxations. Our results show that of the four extracts assayed, Paulina cupana was the most effective, indicating that it is the main extract responsible for the relaxing effect of Catuama on rabbit cavernosal tissue.

Catuama and heart rhythm
The herbal drug Catuama reverts and prevents ventricular fibrillation in the isolated rabbit heart.
J Electrocardiol. 2007 Nov-Dec. Pontieri V, Neto AS, de França Camargo AF, Koike MK. Emergency Medicine Research Laboratory, Medical School of University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
Catuama was perfused in the isolated perfused rabbit heart. Its effects on intraventricular conduction, heart rate, and monophasic action potential (MAP) duration were evaluated, and sustained VF was induced. The effects on reversion and reinduction of arrhythmia were observed, and new measures were taken in the hearts that reverted. Catuama and Trichilia catigua reverted VF in all hearts, prevented reinduction, and prolonged intraventricular conduction. Catuama prolonged MAP phase 2. On the other hand, P cupana reverted VF in 3 of 5 hearts, but depressed automatism, prolonged MAP phase 3, and did not prevent reinduction. Catuama reverted and prevented VF in this model. Trichilia catigua extract is probably the main agent responsible for the beneficial actions observed.

Evaluation of the effects of the herbal product Catuama in inflammatory and neuropathic models of nociception in rats.
Phytomedicine. 2008. Quintão NL, Ferreira J, Beirith A, Campos MM, Calixto JB, Ferreira J, Beirith A, Campos MM, Calixto JB. Department of Pharmacology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil.
Here we evaluated the antinociceptive effects of the herbal Catuama in rat inflammatory and neuropathic models of pain, in order to assess some of the mechanisms involved in its actions. Catuama given orally, in both acute and chronic schedules of treatment, consistently inhibited the mechanical allodynia induced by the intraplantar ( injection of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). The same treatment with Catuama failed to significantly affect CFA-caused thermal hyperalgesia. In addition, Catuama did not significantly modify the mechanical allodynia or hyperalgesia observed following the partial ligation of the sciatic nerve or the diabetic polyneuropathy, respectively. In another series of experiments, Catuama caused a striking reduction of the mechanical allodynia induced by LPS. Oral treatment with Catuama was not, however, effective in altering the production of the pro-inflammatory mediators IL-1beta, TNFalpha, PGE(2) or LTB(4) following administration of LPS in the rat paw. Of high interest, the antinociceptive effects of Catuama in the LPS model were reversed significantly by the non-selective dopamine antagonist haloperidol, but not by serotonin methysergide or adrenergic yohimbine receptor antagonists. Our results indicate that the herbal drug Catuama diminishes inflammatory, but not neuropathic, nociceptive responses in rats, by mechanisms involving an interference with dopaminergic pathways. Catuama might represent a potential therapeutic tool for the management of persistent inflammatory pain.