Yohimbe is the name of the bark of a tall evergreen tree that grows in western Africa known as Pausinystalia yohimbe or Corynanthe yohimbe. African natives have used the crude bark and purified compound for centuries to enhance sexual desire and performance.
Nowadays it is sold widely in different dosages and extracts potencies including yohimbe 4%, yohimbe 6%, 8%, and 10% alkaloids. It is included as main or secondary component in dozens of herbal anti-impotence products.
Yohimbe indeed is a powerful aphrodisiac for both men and women. The major identified alkaloid in yohimbe is yohimbine, a chemical that causes vasodilation, lowers blood pressure and increases the body’s production of norepinephrine, which is essential in sexual stimulation. It also increases the ejaculation volume and helps to prevent anorgasmia.
In their search for a safe, natural alternative to popular products like Viagra or Cialis, many people are finding Yohimbe sex pills with magical promises.
Unfortunately, what is true for all medications that “effective drugs can have serious side effects”, it is true for yohimbe too.
Yohimbine – the major alkaloid in Yohimbe – is a prescription drug in the United States. Therefore, those manufacturers who are offering safe herbal products with yohimbe, in reality are selling prescription drugs without prescription. If something is herbal, it doesn’t mean that is risk-free too. Side effects may include central nervous system stimulation that causes anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, irritability, headache, nausea, skin flushing, sweating, dizziness, frequent urination, water retention, rise in body temperature, and hyperactivity, weakness, paralysis, gastrointestinal problems, hallucinations or psychosis.
Yohimbine from yohimbe bark can produce significant side effects even in moderate to small amounts, especially if taken over a long period of time.
The effective dose is very close to the toxic dose. At high doses, yohimbine is a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. MAO inhibitors can cause serious adverse effects when taken concomitantly with tyramine-containing foods (e.g., liver, cheeses, red wine) or with over-the-counter products containing phenylpropanolamine, such as nasal decongestants and diet aids. Individuals taking yohimbe should be warned to rigorously avoid these foods and over-the-counter products because of the increased likelihood of adverse effects. Symptoms of overdosage include weakness and nervous stimulation followed by paralysis, fatigue, stomach disorders, and ultimately death.
Yohimbe is especially dangerous for people who suffer from diabetes, heart conditions, liver or kidney disease, psychological disorders or glaucoma. Because Yohimbe affects the nervous system directly, it should be avoided by anybody with severe anxiety or a history of depression or maniac episodes.
In conclusion, Yohimbe apparently has magical abilities, but it is also a dangerous substance, which should only be used under medical supervision. Self-medication with Yohimbe can be extremely dangerous.