Yohimbe was also smoked and snuffed
for its hallucinogenic effect and in some areas of western Africa including Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Upper Volta, a
decoction is used to treat fevers, leprosy and often chewed to help relieve a cough.
The yohimbe bark was first brought to
the attention of Europeans but Yohimbe has gained popularity because of its use as an aphrodisiac. Compounds found in yohimbe are known to be precursors of
testosterone and may be found in some athletic formulas for muscle development and body building.
This may also help with both male
and female sexual dysfunction and impotency and to treat erectile dysfunction. Yohimbe dilates blood vessels
near the skin, mucous membranes and sex organs and
may cause fatigue in individuals with low blood pressure and should be avoided by individuals with blood
pressure or heart irregularities.
Surprising to many, yohimbe does not only improve sexual functioning, it has also
been clinically shown to elevate mood, reduce anxiety and depression, prevent
heart attacks, helps building muscles, as a nootropic drug it makes people more mentally active
and many other positive effects on overall health.
Yohimbe is originally from South African nations of Cameroon, Gabon and Zairea
and is a popular herb known worldwide as an excellent aphrodisiac.
It is the inner bark of the tropical West African tree Corynanthe Yohimbe. For
centuries, folks from these regions have used the bark as
a tonic to enhance sexual prowess and pleasure.
Yohimbine is the active ingredient found in the yohimbe bark and both the crude bark and purified compound are used as aphrodisiacs.
The yohimbine content is thought to be approximately 6% and other compounds found in yohimbe are known to be precursors of testosterone.
Studies have found that yohimbine works as a treatment for impotent men and is listed in the Physicians Desk Reference as a
stimulant aiding to increase the sexual desire and increase the blood flow to the erectile tissue and used in
treating both organic and psychogenic impotence. Yohimbe increases the blood flow and enlarges the vessels in the
sexual organs as well as increasing reflex excitability in the lower spinal cord while making erections
harder through increased circulation which aids in maintaining an erection by causing a
compression and preventing the blood from flowing out of the organ. Vascular disease is known to be a major factor in many cases of
impotence and atherosclerosis in the body also effects the penile artery. Increases
in studies involving yohimbe and yohimbine report a similar effect in human studies yohimbe may alslo help to increase the production
of norepinephrine in the body, which effects the formation of erections.
A clinical study was conducted in 1994 using yohimbine for cases of impotence and participants were suffering
from psychogenic forms of impotence due to stress, tension and fatigue. The group taking the yohimbe had a 71% success rate while the
placebo group had only a 22% improvement and the study also found that yohimbe had the ability of stimulating the male libido.
Yohimbe's energizing effects stem from it's ability to increase blood flow to
the genitals of both males and females alike. It is thought to stimulate the pelvic nerve
ganglia and which would be helpful for men with erection problems. A prescription
drug Yohimbine Hydrochloride is the only FDA approved drug for impotence and
it is derived from the same natural chemical. Reported effects
include increased libido, increased sensation and increased stamina. Women have
also reported similar effects and general pleasant sensations.
The active component in yohimbe is called yohimbine, an alkaloid, that blocks
adrenergic receptors, and enables the blood vessels to increase in dilation,
which brings erections to men. Yohimbe also increases the production of
norephrine in the body, and norephrine is an essential substance needed
for erections. Yohimbe may increase the adrenaline supply to nerve
endings boosting sensual stimulation, especially in men. Often diabetic
and heart patients suffering from sexual dysfunction can be treated effectively
Sexual Effects of Yohimbe
Yohimbe has long been known as a strong and effective natural aphrodisiac.
Studies have shown that yohimbe does indeed increase sexual desire and
performance and research reports improvements in sexual libido in men
receiving yohimbe versus others that used placebo.
Yohimbe for Other Related Effective Treatments
Yohimbe has also shown to be effective in treating sexual dysfunction caused by
psychological reasons, like stress, tension or fatique. More than 60% of men who
experienced partial erections and had failed at normal intercourse at least half
of the time reported fuller, more lasting erections. Another study reported an
improvement rate of 81% for those taking a moderate dosage of the active ingredient
for one month.
Clinical studies have shown the herb to be effective
in restoring potency in diabetic and heart patients
who suffer from impotency. As an alpha-adrenoreceptor
blocker, yohimbe reduces the effect of hormones that
cause constriction of blood vessels, which typically
increases as we age. It increases the body's production
of norepinephrine which is essential in the formation of
erections. Yohimbe may also boost the adrenaline supply
to nerve endings, which can quicken male sensual stimulation.
Safe doses of Yohimbe vary from 18mg to 100mg per day and
should be divided into three or four doses. Some studies
report that a single 100mg dose was not effective. It is
recommended, that a healthcare provider determines individual
Yohimbe doses. Research has shown that Yohimbe is generally
tolerated well when used as recommended and the side effects are rare.
Yohimbe is also a short term MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitor
and should be used with caution, especially if you have high
Yohimbe should not be used with food or drinks containing
tyramines, like cheese, chocolate, beer or nuts. A rise in blood pressure
caused by yohimbe could stop the body from removing tyramines from these
foods leading to severe side effects and particularly not with the amino acids
tyrosine or phenylalanine.
It may be dangerous if used with anti-depressants, sedatives, antihistamines,
caffeine, or amphetamines. Yohimbe may have other side effects
such as racing heart rate, irritability, headache, nausea,
sweating, dizziness and frequent urination. Anyone with a
heart condition, kidney disease, glaucoma or history of
gastric or duodenal ulcers should avoid this herb.
Yohimbe in high doses can be hallucinogenic and increase blood pressure. It is
important not to exceed the recommended dosage for Yohimbe.
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