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Yohimbe

Also indexed as:Pausinystalia yohimbe
Yohimbe: Main Image © Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Pausinystalia yohimbe

Parts Used & Where Grown

Yohimbe is a tall evergreen forest tree native to southwestern Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, and the Congo. The bark of this African tree is used medicinally. There are concerns, however, that the tree may be endangered due to over-harvesting for use as medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Erectile Dysfunction
5 to 10 drops three times per day, under a doctor's supervision3 stars[3 stars]
Yohimbe appears to increase blood flow and dilate blood vessels.
Obesity
Take under medical supervision: enough to supply 5 mg of yohimbine four times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Yohimbine, a chemical found in yohimbe bark, may help weight loss by raising metabolic rate, reducing appetite, and increasing fat burning.
Athletic Performance
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yohimbine has shown an ability to stimulate the nervous system, promote the release of fat from fat cells, and affect the cardiovascular system.
Depression
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yohimbine (the active component of yohimbe) inhibits monoamine oxidase and therefore may be beneficial in treating depression.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Historically, yohimbe bark was used in western Africa for fevers, leprosy, and coughs.1 It has also been used to dilate pupils, for heart disease, and as a local anesthetic. It has a more recent history of use as an aphrodisiac and a hallucinogen.

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