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The herb yohimbe, technically dubbed Corynanthe Yohimbe, comes from the bark of the yohimbe tree that is found in the nations of Cameroon, Zaire, and Gabon, all found in West Africa. Yohimbine is the major active constituent of the bark, with the active ingredient being yohimbine hydrochloride.
Yohimbe has been used in African folk medicine for centuries. Common illnesses and medical conditions that it has been used to treat include leprosy, fevers, coughs, and it has also been used as a local anesthetic. The most popular use of yohimbe, however, is as an aphrodisiac and as a mild hallucinogen. In Europe for the past 75 years it has been used to treat male erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence.
In the United States, the FDA has approved yohimbe for treating impotence. This occurred in the late 1980s and is sold as an over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplement and as a prescription drug under names like Erx, Testomar, Yohimbe, Yocon, and Yovital.
Generally, yohimbe is believed to help treat impotence by dilating the blood vessels and stimulating the blood flow that goes to the penis – this causes an erection. And during an erection, Yohimbe helps prevent the blood from flowing back out of the penis. It may also have some sort of effect on the central nervous system, particularly in the area located near the lower spinal cord where sexual signals are known to be transmitted. Studies have shown that is has an effective rate of around 30-40% with men diagnosed with impotence.
Yohimbe is mainly effective in treating men with impotence that is caused by a certain condition like psychogenic, vascular, or diabetic problems. Men who are impotent by the way of organic nerve damage see little improvements when taking yohimbe. For those men without erectile dysfunction altogether, yohimbe may have the ability to increase sexual stamina and erections.
Aside from dealing with erectile dysfunction and impotence, yohimbe may help users lose weight. While it is not its primary usage, some health professionals believe that yohimbe may be a better and more safe stimulate than ephedra when it comes to losing weight.
Additionally, Eastern Virginia Medical School released a study in 1994 that shows that yohimbine may be an effective agent in treating narcolepsy (sudden bouts of sleep). The study involved eight people that were diagnosed with narcolepsy and almost all of them, seven of them, were able to stay awake and function normally throughout an eight-hour long workday. It is believed the yohimine works by counterbalancing the chemistry in the brain that causes narcolepsy, and after a few weeks of taking yohimbe the positive results can remain evident.
Individuals that are looking to strengthen or improve their sexual drive and energy should consider supplementing with yohimbe. Additionally, those that are looking to lose weight may experience some benefits from taking the herb.
You should always strictly follow the recommended doses found on the back of the supplement label that you’re taking. With that being side, the typical dosage of yohimbine extract to help treat erectile dysfunction is 5.4 milligrams three times a day. However, this may take three to six weeks for any results to be seen.
Prescription yohimbe is standard at 5.4 milligram per table at the time of writing.
Yohimbe does come with a set of possible, but rare serious side effects. Its possible have breathing, throat constrictions, swelling of the facial area, or hives as an allergic reaction to taking the medicine. In addition, it can also be the cause of a rapid or irregular heartbeat, while possibly causing disorientation. These are all serious side effects and you should consult with a medical professional familiar with your body and medical history before taking yohimbe.
Less serious side effects of yohimbe can include anxiety, headaches, skin flushing, irritability, dizziness, and shaking. In a few people, yohimbe can have mild hallucinogenic properties.
However, these hallucinogenic properties normally arise after higher than recommended doses.
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