Catuaba Bark - Nervous System - Increasing the release of serotonin and melatonin (two brain chemicals involved in regulating mood).


Other Names: 

Caramuru, CATUABA Casca, Chuchuhuasha, Erythroxylum CATUABA, Golden Trumpet, Pau de Reposta, Piratancara, Tatuaba

Overview Information

  • CATUABA is an herb. People use the bark to make medicine. 

  • 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.

How does it work?

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

CATUABA Uses and Health Benefits


CATUABA is touted as a natural remedy for the following health conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia 
  • Memory problems 


So far, few studies have tested the health effects of CATUABA. Still, some preliminary research suggests that CATUABA may offer certain health benefits. Here's a look at some key findings from the available research on CATUABA:

  • Depression. CATUABA may have antidepressant-like effects, according to a study published in the journal Psychopharmacology in 2005. In tests on rats and mice, scientists observed that CATUABA may combat depression in part by increasing the release of serotonin and melatonin (two brain chemicals involved in regulating mood).

  • Brain health. In a rat-based study published in Neurochemical Research in 2012, researchers determined that CATUABA may aid in the prevention of ischemia. (Closely associated with stroke, ischemia is a condition marked by insufficient blood flow to the brain.) In an experiment involving samples of brain tissue taken from rats, the study's authors found that antioxidants in CATUABA may help prevent ischemia by reducing oxidative stress 

  • Parkinson's disease. CATUABA shows promise in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, suggests a preliminary study published in the journal Brain Research in 2008. In the study, tests on human cells demonstrated that CATUABA may help fight Parkinson's disease by protecting against the degeneration of certain nerve cells.

Where to Find CATUABA

Available for purchase online, CATUABA is sold in some natural-foods stores and stores specializing in dietary supplements.

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 breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. 

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