Kufa – Cooper Bark


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Kufa Bark is an ancient and popular Natural aphrodisiac with many physical benefits.

What is Kufa? It is a Vine that is found in South America that has been used by men in the area to prevent and cure Impotence, Premature-Ejaculation and to raise sexual Libido. You get the same benefits from it as you do from Viagra without any negative side effects.  Only detail is you must be taking the tea for at least 24-72 hours. 1-3 tea-cups a day will keep you Strong all around. It is also a Natural Pain Killer.


Preparation (How to Use): Boiling the root and drinking on a regular basis will surly cure your dysfunction without the side effects. 14 cup of bark to 1 liter of water. Bring to a boil and drink as tea. You can add water and re-boil the bark 5-7 times or more until it gives out no more Color. It starts Dark Red and goes to light pink when you keep boiling it. After a few times it gets soft and you can use knife to strip it up and reveal the insides so keep extracting all the beneficial juices from the bark.

  • It is also a natural pain killer. Especially Back Pain.
  • You can drink Devil Doer alone or combined with the long list of other Medicinal Vines & Barks.
  • Devil Doer is really a Vine although we call it bark.

Medicinal Vines List that can be mixed with Kufa: Capadulla, Locust Bark, Devil Doer, Panty Borer,  Granny BackBone, Monkey Ladder, Sarsaparilla Root, CockShun, and more.

We usually add Cloves, Cinnamon (Spice Sticks) along with Bay Leaves to give it a good taste.
Although not too healthy: You can add a bit of milk and sugar to the tea to make it really Delicious.

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Clusia grandiflora Splitg. GUTTIFERAE Kufa
Vernacular names:
Cooper, Kupa, White kufa, Big leaf kufa, Mamey kufa, Chocolate milk kufa
(Cr), Kufa, Kofa (Ar), Kuwapo-u (C), Dabahi (Wr).
Botanical description: Hemi-epiphytic shrub, to 7 m high, sometimes terrestrial. Latex thick, whitish yellow to orange brown. Aerial roots sometimes nearly strangling its host, to 30 m long and 12 cm in diam., flexible when young, woody when mature, cortex pinkish to red-brown, lenticellate, warty. Leaves opposite, decussate, fleshy; petiole ca. 6 cm long, base widened into a v-shaped structure; blades stiff, leathery, orbicular to obovate, ca. 25 x 16 cm, apex rounded, base acute. Inflorescences
terminal cymes, branched in 3 equal, 1-flowered parts, mostly 1 or 2 male and 1 female flower per raceme; bracts and bracteoles boat-shaped, ca. 15 mm long. Flowers actinomorphic, dioecious, at anthesis ca. 13 cm in diam., sweet-scented; sepals 6, white with pink margins, orbicular, the lowest pair ca. 2 x 2.5 cm, the two inner pairs 5 x 4.5 cm; petals 8, obovate-oblong, to 6 x 4 cm, white with pink towards the base, quickly turning brown after falling. Male flowers: corona white, to 2 cm high;
stamens numerous; staminodes forming a central disc-like, yellow, viscid body. Female flowers insufficiently known; petals persistent in fruit; ovary superior, 10-15-locular, styles ca. 15, green, forming a disc of ca. 2 mm in diam., surrounded by a resin-secreting, staminodial ring. Fruit a capsule, greenish white, fleshy, globose, ca. 12 cm in diam., apex with radiate disc of persistent stigmas, valves thick, woody; seeds numerous, ovoid, aril bright orange, sticky.
Distribution and ecology: Southern Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname. In northwest Guyana
common, but patchily distributed in mixed forest, less frequent in Mora forest and brackish coastal
wetlands, occasionally as shrub in secondary forest on white sand. Flowering and fruiting throughout
the year. Flowers are pollinated by bees; seeds are mainly dispersed by birds, rarely by monkeys and
ants (van Roosmalen, 1985; Bittrich and Amaral, 1997).
Use: The woody aerial roots are employed in the furniture industry as frames for chairs, benches, and
tables. The split aerial roots of nibi (
Heteropsis flexuosa)1 are woven around these frames, in rattanlike designs. Kufa is the general name for several Clusia species. The black or small leaf kufa (C.
) is commercially harvested as well. This species has smaller flowers and fruits and darker
aerial roots that are more brittle and thus of somewhat lesser quality than those of
C. grandiflora.
Kufa roots can be harvested without killing the plant, but extractors need to climb high up in the tree
crowns to cut the roots from the base of the epiphyte. The roots are beaten with a stick until the warty
cortex comes off. The woody cores are transported to the market, but cannot be stored long, since
they are susceptible to weevil and powder-post beetle attacks.
A small furniture industry exists around Mabaruma and extraction is planned in the Iwokrama
Reserve, but the main area for commercial harvesting and processing of kufa is the Pomeroon. Here
the raw material is harvested by Amerindians and cheap furniture is made by craftsmen in small
workshops along the river. Some products are sold locally, but most is transported to the capital.
Middlemen at the Charity market buy the kufa roots in pieces of ca. 4 m for US$ 0.14-0.35,
depending on the diameter and the quality. Split, twisted or too thin roots are rejected. The roots are
transported to Georgetown, where the more elaborate furniture is made in large factories
2. The
majority of the furniture is exported to the Caribbean islands; only 30% is sold on the national
Hoffman (1997) regarded the ecological sustainability of nibi and kufa harvesting as promising, as
plants occur in relatively high abundance, people harvest fewer roots than they leave behind, and
there is a year-round availability. However, uncontrolled extraction has caused a scarcity of mature
roots around several Pomeroon villages. The epiphytes are still present, but only with young or
unsuitable roots. The low price the extractors receive for their material does not always cover the hard
work and long travel to the harvesting sites. As it takes decades before the epiphytes have settled in
the canopy, nibi and kufa roots are only found in primary forest. The maintenance of this forest is
thus essential for the future supply of these products. Unfortunately, most primary forest along the

Non-Timber Forest Products of the North-West District of Guyana Part II
Pomeroon has been designated as timber concessions. Since host trees could be worth more in aerial
roots over the years than once by timber, they should be spared from logging. Extractors must also be
careful not to destroy young roots.
Liana Cane Interiors, one of the major furniture producers in Guyana, is willing to cooperate in the
design of an adequate management plan for nibi and kufa roots. To prevent the harvesting of
immature roots, the company pays a higher price for large kufa roots than for small ones. In 1998, a
workshop was organised for local extractors with the help of Conservation International, during
which the possibilities for sustainable extraction plans were discussed. Although no studies were
done on growth rates of kufa roots, rotation periods of five years were suggested to ensure sufficient
regrowth (F. Alfonso, pers. comm.).
Except for furniture frames, kufa roots are also used in other craftwork. Picnic baskets with kufa
frames and coarse trays plaited from split kufa roots are sold at the Charity market. Amerindians in
the interior hardly ever buy or make furniture for their personal use. In remote Carib villages, kufa
roots are used to make the traditional ‘tondoli’ basket. A piece of root is bent into a circle by binding
the two ends together with a strip of maho bark (
Sterculia pruriens). A loose wicker of maho is
woven in the circular frame. The basket is used to store cassava bread and hung on the roof so that
animals cannot get close to it. Roth (1924) described this basket as typical Arawak, but tondolis are
nowadays only made and used by Caribs. Children make toy guns from hollowed out aerial roots,
with a seed or small stone as ammunition. A slender stick is pushed in with force, so the root serves
as a makeshift shot gun.
When a kufa root is cut off, a small amount of clear sap drips out. This sap is drunk to relieve back pain. Pliable young roots are boiled to prepare a tea for back pain and sprained limbs. Roots are boiled with karia leaves (
Stigmaphyllon sinuatum) against malaria. A handful of the warty cortex from mature roots is chopped into pieces and boiled into a dark brown tea, drunk with milk and sugar like hot chocolate, but also taken as a remedy for back pain and impotence. Kufa roots are a common
ingredient in the popular aphrodisiacs consisting of an alcoholic tonic or a concoction in water with the following ingredients: cockshun root (
Smilax schomburgkiana), kapadula wood (Tetracera spp., Pinzona sp., Doliocarpus sp.), sarsparilla root (Dioscorea trichanthera), monkey ladder wood (Bauhinia spp.), granny backbone wood (Curarea candicans), locust bark (Hymenaea courbaril), and/or devildoer wood (Strychnos spp.). The concoction is added to milkshakes and various other
dishes. It is said to protect against diseases and stimulate sexual activities. The sticky, yellow latex serves as a plaster on ‘mosquito worms’ (bot fly larvae). By sealing its
breathing hole, the maggot will die and can be taken out the day after. The latex does not work that well, as it remains sticky and is hard to remove. Local people believe that stepping barefoot on a kufa fruit will cause ground itch. In Colombia, the latex of other
Clusia species is rubbed on the teeth to relieve tooth ache (Schultes and Raffauf, 1990)

Source: Non-Timber Forest Products of the North-West District of Guyana Part II 

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