Yohimbe is a wild plant of the family Rubiaceae native to West Africa. It has long been used in these areas as folk remedies and traditional medicine and was originally used as a fever, cough, leprosy, aphrodisiac, and local anesthetic.
In regions other than Africa, scientific research has been progressing since it was introduced to Europe as a medical herb in the 1890s.
After that, it was found that the bark of Yohimbe has various effects including the treatment of sexual dysfunction, and it is now used as an energetic agent and a pharmaceutical ingredient.
Difference from yohimbine
Yohimbine is a type of organic compound called indole alkaloid found in Yohimbe. Found in the bark of Yohimbe in 1896, the correct chemical structure was discovered in 1943.
This yohimbine has been reported to release nitric oxide and dilate blood vessels in the skin and genitals.
It has also been confirmed to release noradrenaline, and since it is also used to restore the sedative state of dogs and deer, it is said to have the effect of sustained excitement.
Effect of Yohimbe
The greatest feature and effect of Yohimbe is to enhance sexual function. It has been used in folk remedies since ancient times because it has been known to be a “tree of energy” by the indigenous peoples of western Africa and has a very strong energy-enhancing and aphrodisiac effect.
Now that research has progressed, various effects that are good for the body have been discovered in terms other than sexual function. Yohimbe is designated as a medicine in some countries and is treated as a powerful medicine in Japan, instead of being highly effective.
Effect of enhancing sexual function and energy
Yohimbe has the effect of promoting blood flow into the corpus cavernosum by improving blood flow and improving sexual dysfunction such as ED (erectile dysfunction).
In addition, Yohimbe has a stimulating effect and has been shown to be effective not only for men but also for women.
This Yohimbe excitatory action is not so much as promoting excitement, but rather a quality action that makes it difficult to calm the excitement once it has increased. Therefore, it is said that sustained excitement is also effective for psychogenic ED.
In addition, Yohimbe is said to be effective in promoting ejaculation, so research is underway to apply it to the treatment of male infertility due to intravaginal ejaculation disorders.
On the other hand, Yohimbe has been found to have other positive effects besides energizing. That is the effect of dieting, improving physical fitness, and improving constipation.
Regarding the diet effect, Yohimbe has been recognized to burn fat. It is an action that suppresses the action of a substance called α-receptor that stores fat.
Then, only β-receptors that have the function of decomposing fat work, and it becomes easier for the state of burning fat to continue.
In addition, the action of increasing blood flow makes it easier to carry the decomposed fatty acids throughout the body, efficiently converting them into energy, and consuming more fat.
Yohimbe is sometimes used instead of anabolic steroids in the United States because it can be expected to increase muscles as a physical strength-enhancing effect.
Finally, regarding the effect of improving constipation, it is said that the function of the digestive organs is promoted by improving blood flow.
The detailed mechanism has not yet been elucidated, but in fact, there are reports that many people who drank Yohimbe improved their constipation.
About the toxicity of Yohimbe
Since no clinical trials have been conducted on Yohimbe bark or extracts, it is not known exactly what the health problems of Yohimbe are.
However, because Yohimbe is a very powerful ingredient, face-to-face guidance by pharmacists is obligatory in Japan as a drug requiring guidance. It has been reported that both vasoconstrictor and vasodilatory symptoms appear depending on the dose.
How to take Yohimbe
Yohimbe is a plant, but it is not eaten or ingested as it is. It is taken as a supplement or as a medicine in some countries.
Since it is a powerful ingredient that is frequently alerted by health organizations around the world, the important point in the intake method is not only the amount of intake but also the period of intake.
Many are prescribed to be taken during or between meals depending on the intended use, but for energy-enhancing purposes, it may be effective to take it before sexual activity.
However, if this overlaps on an empty stomach, symptoms such as stomach pain may occur.
It is said that the intake of Yohimbe should not exceed 30 mg at a time and 100 mg a day. It is said that about 10 to 100 micrograms per 1 kg of body weight are appropriate (1 microgram is 0.001 milligrams).
It may not be effective at low doses, but taking a high dose does not mean that it will be highly effective, but rather it may have serious side effects, so be sure to follow the intake. It is also dangerous to continue drinking for a long time.
Side effects of Yohimbe
Yohimbe is said to have the effect of suppressing excitement and ejaculation when an overdose of 1 mg or more per 1 kg of body weight.
People originally have a set of work that excites and work that suppresses excitement.
Therefore, even if you try to take a lot of Yohimbe to suppress excitement, it is dangerous because it does not increase excitement but only has side effects.,
Other side effects can include headache, dizziness, vomiting, tremors, dangerous levels of increased or decreased blood pressure, tachycardia, irritability, and increased heart rate.
It is said that you should avoid drinking before going to bed because it may cause side effects of insomnia.
When drinking Yohimbe, people with the following illnesses may be careful or may not be able to take it.
, mental illness
, heart disease
, liver disease
, kidney disease
Caffeine and ephedrine, which are well-known stimulants, should not be combined with the same stimulant, yohimbine.
In addition, it is not recommended to use it in combination with psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants, MAO inhibitors often used for Parkinson’s disease, and tricyclic antidepressants.
It is also dangerous to take with alcohols such as red wine containing tyramine, liver, cheese, fermented foods, and smoked foods.
Since it works to improve blood flow, it is prohibited to use it in combination with a drug that controls blood pressure because it puts too much strain on the heart.
If you have any concerns, including these, be sure to consult a doctor at a medical institution to hear your opinions.