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When I first decided to formulate Hot Rawks®, I knew that one of the herbs I would use had to be Catuaba Bark. It is a safe yet powerfully effective herb but it is also rare to find here in the U.S., specifically in its organic and raw form which yields the most benefits.
Catuaba Bark is a South American herb that has been used as an aphrodisiac by shamans and plant experts for centuries (particularly in Brazil, which comes as no surprise to me since Brazilian folks are some of the most sexually delicious people on the planet.) If you are ever lucky enough to visit this "place of ridiculously beautiful people", will find Catuaba in most supermarkets, often infused with wine and sold as a sexual stimulant. It's very popular among young Brazilian couples (again, no surprise here). In fact, Catuaba has been nicknamed by herbalists all over the world as the "Brazilian Viagra", but obviously without the harmful side effects. In Brazil, Catuaba is so strongly revered that there's even an old saying that goes: "up to sixty years old, a father's children are his own; after sixty, they come from the Catuaba."
Catuaba is known to stimulate the nervous system and enhance sexual function in men and women alike. It's also used to treat fatigue, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, impotence, and poor circulation.
Its unique chemical composition of tannins, phyto-chemicals, and powerful flavonoids give Catuaba its strong antioxidant properties and its ability to strengthen blood cells and help them fight off certain viruses and pathogens, including the HIV virus.
The problem with buying Catuaba here in the U.S., is that its potency isn't always guaranteed. There are many forms of the herb, but only the purest, organic Catuaba will give you the benefits you desire. Of course we only use the purest and most potent forms of Catuaba bark in Hot Rawks®, and each batch is flown in, direct from Brazil, and thoroughly tested before being used in our formula.
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