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What are the health Benefits of Yohimbe (Pausinystalia Yohimbe)?

Yohimbe is actually a West African tree with the botanical name of Pausinystalia Yohimbe and other common names like Johimbe, Yohimbine and Corynanthe Yohimbe. It belongs to the family Rubiaceae. The bark of Pausinystalia Yohimbe contains a chemical substance which is called as Yohimbine and is also effectively used in medicines. Its bark is medicinally used to assist in infertility and impotency. In fact, it is considered a sexual stimulant, an aphrodisiac and a sexual rejuvenator.

Origin: As written earlier, it is basically found in West Africa and to be precise, the evergreen tree grows in the rainforest areas of Nigeria, Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon and Congo. It is a very popular ingredient in European and American countries and as a matter of fact, European and American Pharmaceutical companies like Yocon, are generating an enormous demand for supplies of yohimbe bark.

Historical Usage: Yohimbe is used for long for complaints against fever and leprosy. Primarily, it is also being used because of its aphrodisiac properties. In Europe, since the middle of twentieth century, it has been utilized for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. In fact, according to the ” Encyclopaedia of Alternative Medicine”, it was commended by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1980s as a cure for erectile dysfunction.

Modern Usage: Nowadays, Yohimbe is not only exercised for erectile dysfunction but to awaken sexual excitement and to cure other sexual problems caused by the medications for depression which is known as Selective-Serotien Reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs) and other general sexual problems in both men and women. It is also very helpful in athletic pain, weight loss, chest pain, exhaustion, low as well as high blood pressure that generally occur while standing up, depression and for diabetic nerve’s pain.

Facts and Effects: Again, as per the ”Encyclopaedia of Alternative Medicine”, Yohimbine has been effectual in 30 to 40 percent of men suffering from erectile dysfunction problem. But of course, it does not help if the damage has been done to the nerve. Consuming it as a sexual relieve, it may enhance stamina and prolong erections too. It is used as an aid to weight loss, and various studies have been done that reveals that Yohimbine may also be helpful for narcolepsy as well.
On a nutritional quotient, it has alkaloid constituents that blocks the part of sympathetic nervous system and dilate the blood vessels. It is also being used as an anaesthetic to dilute pupils in order to prevent hallucinogen, heart disease and an aphrodisiac. It also prevents several depressive disorders as it slows down monoamine oxidase (MAO) and expands blood vessels.

Careful Dosage: The Encyclopaedia of Alternative Medicine sates that Yohimbine is very slow to show effects and precisely, it takes three to six weeks for the standard prescribed dosage of 5.4mg to be effective if taken three times a day. Yohimbine, the chemical that Yohimbe contains, can enhance the nerve impulses and blood flow to the vagina or penis. It also caters to neutralize the sexual side effects of certain medications consumed in case the patients are suffering from depression.

Precautions: The University of Maryland Medical Center has accounted severe case of prolonged erection or intractable priapism in the absence of sexual arousal in the patient’s body who had consumed Yohimbine. It is purely unsafe when consumed through mouth. It is also advisable to not to be consumed by the patients ailing from depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, kidney disease, pregnancy, high blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease or angina pectoris. It has certain side effects too like fast heartbeat, dizziness and confusion. Allergic Reactions may also be possible along with herbal dose. And if the wrong or excess dosage is taken, it can cause mild hallucinations for two to four hours.

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