By David Jay Brown
Yohimbe is an herb
that is available in most health food stores, which is derived from the
inner bark of a tree that is indigenous to West Africa. Brews distilled
from yohimbe bark have been used for centuries by natives in this region
in order to fuel their
unusually impressive tribal sex ceremonies, which are reported to
sometimes last as long as two weeks.1
Yohimbine, the most active chemical compound in the yohimbe bark, is
actually available as a prescription drug in the United
States for treating impotence. It is prescribed as an alternative to
Viagra, due to the fact that it can also help facilitate erections in men.
Research studies with yohimbine have shown it to be effective in helping
men with impotence problems around 33 to 46 percent of the time.2
Some men that I've spoken with report that yohimbe actually gives them
spontaneous erections, and that it also increases the amount of semen when
However, unlike Viagra, many men (and women) report that yohimbine (and
yohimbe) also increases sexual desire. Yohimbine was the very first drug
to ever be listed in the
Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) as having
"aphrodisiac" properties, although (strangely) the PDR states that
"Generally, this drug is not proposed for use in females." There is little
scientific data on the effects of yohimbe and yohimbine on women, although
I’ve heard more than a few anecdotal reports that it can also increase
sexual desire in women.
Some people report that higher doses of yohimbe can have what are
described as mild psychedelic effects that last for several
hours. This includes feelings of euphoria, heightened physical and
emotional feelings, and "warm spinal shivers".3
However, higher doses of yohimbe cause some people to report that they
feel anxious, and, according to the PDR, people
sometimes experience other mild side-effects with yohimbine, such as
dizziness, nausea, tremors, increased blood pressure and
elevated heart rate. The PDR also cautions against yohimbine’s use in
conjunction with antidepressant medications and other
To buy Yohimbe
1. Morgenthaler, J. and Joy D.
Better Sex Through
Chemistry. Smart Publications, 1994. p. 115.
2. Reid K, Surridge DH; Morales A, Condra M, Harris C, and
Owen J. "Double-blind trial of yohimbine in treatment of
psychogenic impotence." Lancet (England). 2(8556): pp 241-3, 22v Aug 1987.
3. Morgenthaler, J., p. 130.