Yombe (Yohimbine) is an alkaloid found in the pausinytalia yohimbe. In the form of yohimbine hydrochloride has been used to treat erectile dysfunction. For years this was the first line of defense for most urologist . Presently with the advent of newer drugs in the erectile dysfunction arena, combined with the fact the it’s efficacy is questionable, it’s use has greatly declined. It continues to be popular in the over the counter supplement world, in other forms,and is touted to be equivalent to some of the more efficacious medications. Other uses have been to increase libido, again results are questionable.
Yohimbine is and alkaloid found in the pausinystalia yohimbe ( West African evergreen) In its original form it was used as an aphrodisiac. Use of the yohimbe bark has variable results secondary to the fact that it has inconsistent concentrations of the alkaloid. It is not until the bark is treated and the alkaloid is removed that you can quantify the dosage.
Yohimbine is used only in males and should not be used in individuals with the following diseases
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Severe depression
Traditional starting dosage is 5.4mg orally three times a day. Patients should be reassured that increases in erectile function often noted after three weeks of treatment. One should discontinue the drug if they experience increase blood pressure, severe anxiety, insomnia, rapid heart rate or severe irritability and consult their doctor.
- MAO inhibitors
- Anti depressants
- Anti hypertensives
- Dietary supplements
Yohimbine in Females
The research of yohimbine use by females to increase libido is very limited . Much more research is needed to prove its safety and efficacy in females
Due to the fact that the bark from the African evergreen tree (pausinystlia yohimbe) has variable concentrations of yohmbe alkaloid its use in supplements has extremely poor results as opposed to yohimbine hydrochloride ( the prescription form) and its use is not recommended.