Yohimbe is primarily employed in the form of an aphrodisiac to stimulate sexual desire. In addition, this medication is also used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), common sexual disorders among men and woman as well as to cure sexual disorders attributed to taking medications to treat depression, such as selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other uses of yohimbe comprise enhancing athletic performance, treating chest pain, fatigue, and weight loss, low blood pressure that happens when one is standing up, high blood pressure, depression, and nerve pain attributed to diabetes. Often yohimbe is used in combination with other specific medications.
As aforementioned, yohimbe is indigenous to the forests in the western region of Africa, particularly Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire. The bark of the tree is collected throughout the year. Yohimbe flourishes in scarcely humid and not damp loamy soil. Yohimbe plants are propagated by their seeds.
Chemical analysis of yohimbe has revealed that the plan encloses approximately 6 per cent of indole alkaloids (counting yohimbine) and pigments (for instance, tannins). The alkaloids present in yohimbe work as a stimulant for the brain when used in reasonable doses, but they are noxious when taken in excessive amounts. People have been employing yohimbine in traditional herbal medicine to cure impotence in males as well as females.
Therapeutically, yohimbe is used in the form of a tincture to treat impotence. A tincture prepared with the inner bark of the tree is taken in the dosage of 5 to 10 drops thrice every day. In addition, you may also obtain standardized yohimbe products in the market for use for the same purpose. Normally, a safe daily dosage of any yohimbe product is about 15 mg to 30 mg. It is advisable that you should always use yohimbine under the monitoring of a doctor who is nutritionally oriented.
Patients using yohimbe ought to exercise certain precautions, especially those enduring kidney ailments or peptic ulcer. This medication should not be given to women during pregnancy as well as to nursing mothers. Even the use of yohimbe in regular or normal doses may result in side effects, such as nausea, nervousness, light-headedness and insomnia (sleeplessness). When this medication is used in large doses of 40 mg in a day, it may cause hazardous and serious side effects, counting chills, loss of muscle functioning and vertigo. A number of people taking yohimbe in large amounts may also experience hallucinations. People who are taking yohimbe should strictly keep away from foods that contain rich amounts of tyramine, for instance, liver, cheese and red wine, since taking such foods may cause acute hypertension (high blood pressure) and additional health problems. Likewise, yohimbe should only be taken in combination with other anti-depressant drugs under the close monitoring of a physician. However, according to the recommendations of one study undertaken on yohimbe, this medication is likely to be beneficial for individuals who do not respond to serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac.
Yohimbe encloses a chemical compound known as yohimbine that has the aptitude to augment the flow of blood as well as the nerve impulses to the vagina or penis. In addition, this chemical also facilitates in neutralizing the sexual side effects of specific medicines used for treating depression.