Clavo Huasca herb as an herbal aphrodisiac from the Amazon rainforest, along with catuaba and muira puama by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
November 8 2016

Clavo huasca (Tynanthus panurensis) is a large woody vine indigenous to the Amazon rain forest and other parts of tropical South America. The name means 'clove vine' ('clavo' = 'clove' or 'nail'; 'huasca' = 'vine') and refers to the rich clove-like scent of the trunk and leaves. Sections of the trunk and stems are macerated in aguardiente (sugar cane liquor), producing a drink said to be an aphrodisiac. A tea made from the clove vine is used to treat rheumatism, and the sap is used to treat fever.

What's in clavo huasca herb?
Clavo huasca contains alkaloids, eugenol, apigenin, essential oils, tannins, and tinantina, along with verbascoside, isoverbascoside, leucosceptoside, and katchimoside.

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Historical aphrodisiac uses of clavo huasca
In Peruvian herbal medicine, clavo huasca is regarded as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. Clavo huasca is a component of aphrodisiac tonics siete raices (seven roots) and veinti uno raices (twenty-one roots).

What does the research say?
Unfortunately, I am not able to find any scientific studies about the use of clavo huasca as an aphrodisiac herb in the Western medical literature.

Availability and dosage
Clavo huasca herb is sold as an extract and capsules. One product has 500 mg of Clavo huasca vine in 1 milliliter of extract (30 drops). Another company has a product containing 300 mg per capsule.

Review and summary
Although clavo huasca is a plant from the Amazon forest that has been used historically in South America for a number of conditions, hardly any research is available in the West. Therefore it is difficult to give any firm recommendations on its use or how it influences sexual health.

Would taking a clavo huasca supplement along with hoodia cause problems?
    It's hard to say, but the combination would be okay if the dosages are kept low.

Peruvian medicine
In Peruvian herbal medicine, Clavo huasca (Tynanthus panurensis) is widely regarded as an libido booster for both men and women.* It is an ingredient in two famous formulas for which are widely sold in the herbal markets and stores in Peru for sexual potency; one called Siete raices (Seven Roots) and the other is Rompe Calzon (Bust your Britches).  Clavo huasca is traditionally prepared by macerating the vine bark and wood in alcohol or most commonly, the local sugar cane rum called aguardiente. Clavo huasca is in the clove family and the name Clavo huasca means "Clove Vine" due to this vine's distinctive clove scent and flavor.