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Benefits of Yohimbe And Its Side Effects

The primary active ingredient found in Yohimbe bark is the alkaloid yohimbine. Yohimbe has a chemical structure that is similar to several medications, and even recreational drugs, that are used to manage conditions like mood-related disorders such as depression or schizophrenia, low libido, dizziness due to low blood pressure, and others. While yohimbine doesn’t actually have psychedelic effects, it impacts neurotransmitters including dopamine, adrenaline and serotonin. It also seems to help some people suffering from symptoms due to mental illness.

Benefits of Yohimbe And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Nutritional Value of Yohimbe
Health Benefits of Yohimbe
Improves sexual health
Improves mental health
Treats hypertension
Promotes weight loss
Can help lower side effects of certain medications
Treats blood pressure problems
Uses of Yohimbe
Side-Effects & Allergies of Yohimbe
Cultivation of Yohimbe


Yohimbe is the name of an evergreen tree found in parts of central and western Africa. The bark of Yohimbe contains a chemical called yohimbine, which is used to make medicine. Both the crude bark and purified compound pf the Yohimbe tree have long been hailed as aphrodisiacs, and has also found its way into modern medicine for treating a variety of sexual conditions, such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, hormonal imbalances as well as symptoms like low energy.

Nutritional Value of Yohimbe

Health Benefits of Yohimbe

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Yohimbe
Health Benefits of Yohimbe

Improves sexual health

Yohimbe is most taken to treat sexual diseases such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Yohimbine has the capability to enhance the nitric oxide pathways, thus increasing blood flow to the genital organs. Pharmaceutical aphrodisiacs often have a number of side effects as well, so Yohimbe is a very natural solution to treating sexual disorders quickly and efficiently.

Improves mental health

As an alpha 2-antagonist, yohimbine has properties that can help increase dopamine levels in the brain when used alone or in combination with other anti-depressant treatments. Yohimbine also helps to increase levels of the coenzyme NAD, which positively affects metabolism, cognitive processes, and detoxification of drugs in the body.

Treats hypertension

Yohimbe is capable of easing tension in arteries and blood vessels, thus improving overall cardiovascular health. Your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through tight, constricting blood vessels, causing a rise in blood pressure. This can be a major contributor to heart attacks and strokes, as constricted blood vessels are more likely to become blocked. By adding yohimbine to your diet in some way, you can improve your overall heart health and prevent an acceleration of coronary heart disease.

Promotes weight loss

One of the most valuable and widely relied on uses of Yohimbe relates to its effect on losing weight. Yohimbine is capable of blocking certain adrenoreceptors in the body, which allows for higher norepinephrine levels in the body. Norepinephrine doesn’t allow for fat mobilizing to take effect, which leads to additional fat break down in those difficult areas of the body.

Can help lower side effects of certain medications

Sometimes, people who take medication of anxiety and depression can suffer from certain side effects such as sexual dysfunction or loss of interest in sex. Medicines containing yohimbine can counter these side effects. Yohimbine is often used to offset negative effects of treating mental illnesses.

Treats blood pressure problems

As an alpha-2 antagonist, yohimbine promotes sympathetic activity. According to a number of studies, Yohimbe can help increase blood pressure. Yohimbine works by dilating blood vessels and acting on the sympathetic nervous system.

Uses of Yohimbe

Yohimbe is a natural herbal supplement that is strongly associated with anti-aging effects. Yohimbe has a long history of use in Western Africa, and is still widely used there today, to treat a variety of sexual disorders, including low libido and erectile dysfunction. Medically, yohimbine is a pre-synaptic alpha-2-adrenergic blocking agent, which is capable of increasing sympathetic nervous system activity, thus resulting in increased amounts of epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine in the blood stream. The main effects epinephrine and norepinephrine have on the body include increasing blood pressure and heart rate. Yohimbe is also often used for weight loss, although the evidence supporting this claim is inconclusive.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Yohimbe

Yohimbe, if taken by mouth, can cause several side effects such as irregular or rapid heartbeat, kidney failure, seizure and even heart attack. The primary active ingredient in Yohimbe is a drug called yohimbine, which can be safely used over a short-term period, when monitored by a health professional. However, it is not appropriate for unsupervised use due to potentially serious side effects that it can cause. Yohimbe should not be used by women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

Cultivation of Yohimbe

Yohimbe is a popular herb that has its origins in South Africa, and is known worldwide as an excellent aphrodisiac. Yohimbe was first discovered and used for its aphrodisiac qualities by the Pygmies and the Bushmen in West Africa, where it grows wild. The Bantu speaking tribes of West Africa still use and praise Yohimbe today for its powerful aphrodisiac effects. In the 19th century, some German missionaries discovered Yohimbe while in West Africa and brought it back to Europe where it quickly became very popular. In its natural habitat, the Yohimbe tree may grow as tall as 100 feet, although the average size for trees grown outside of their forest habitat is closer to 50 feet in height. They require a warm, semi-tropical environment. While these trees grow naturally from seeds, young seedlings are prone to dampening off, a condition caused by a fungal disease.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hello Dr, I am in my 30's and single. I have a problem with my penis. My penis hurts after masturbation. I don't masturbate vigorously. The pain goes away after a while. Why does my penis hurt after masturbation? Is there a way to strengthen my penis and improve stamina? Please advise. Thanks for your answer.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Penile pains are commonly caused by fractures during sexual intercourse or by prolonged over masturbation. Other causes include use of penile pump or inflammation of the urethra (urethritis). A penis fracture can occur when there is trauma to the erect penis, resulting in rupture of the cylinder lining. There are a variety of herbs that can help heal the damaged nervous endings of penis and can solve the issue of painful penis. Gotu kola is an Indian herb used good for healing skin and connective tissue. Ashwagandha and schizandra ensure potency. Damiana is good for improving blood flow to the genital area. Sarsaparilla contains a testosterone-like substance for men. Wild yam contains natural steroids that rejuvenate and add vigor to lovemaking. Yohimbe bark expands the blood vessels in the penis and increases the blood flow and nitrous oxide important for achieving an erection.
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I am 22 years old girl I have vaginal pain on my right side, I had sex and the pain continues to be there since two days please tell me what to do.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Good hygiene can help alleviate symptoms of intercourse pain. Avoid scented bath products, such as body washes and shower gels, as they can irritate your genital area and deplete your natural lubrication. A combination of Dong quai, American ginseng, saw palmetto, wild yam, black cohosh, and yohimbe relieves involuntary vaginal reflex and alleviates intercourse pain. Aloe Vera is helpful for infections and is known for its healing effects. It can be applied topically to relieve itching, taken internally, or used in a douche.

I am not able to have passionate sex with my partner. Everyone we try to have sex, the pain is excruciating and seeing me suffer with pain he stops. Am afraid this is very bad for our relationship since we are newly married. I kindly request you to advise what is the best for me to do.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Ideally, sexual intercourse is a pleasurable encounter between two people. But for many women, sex can be painful and unpleasant. It can lead to intimacy problems and a general lack of sexual fulfillment. There are a number of effective natural treatments for intercourse pain. A combination of Dong quai, American ginseng, saw palmetto, wild yam, black cohosh, and yohimbe relieves involuntary vaginal reflex and reduces intercourse pain. Aloe Vera is helpful for infections and is known for its healing effects. It can be applied topically to relieve itching, taken internally, or used in a douche.

Me and My husband Sex after 3 Days gaping. Then Sex karta Time thoda pain huaa but jab bhi I am go to the wash room Fir Us k bad bohot jyada pain ho raha he. Pehle Doc to bataye tha to unho ne infection he asa bataya tha .Hamari sadi ko 5 Month huwe he .jese first Time pain hota tha wo hi condisan he .please Help me. Thank you.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- There are a number of effective natural treatments for intercourse pain. A combination of Dong quai, American ginseng, saw palmetto, wild yam, black cohosh, and yohimbe relieves involuntary vaginal reflex and alleviates intercourse pain. Aloe Vera is helpful for infections and is known for its healing effects. It can be applied topically to relieve itching, taken internally, or used in a douche.
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Dear Doctor, My wife is suffering from dryness of vagina During sex it's very painful so yohimbe bark is right medicine or not.

Gynaecologist, Delhi
kya jelly application before act is beneficial. coconut oil is a natural lubricant and can be used.
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Popular Health Tips

Know More About Infertility!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Delhi
Know More About Infertility!

Infertility is a cause for concern. Nevertheless, for a substantial percentage of men and women with reproductive disorders, adopting changes in lifestyle, healthy exercise and dietary habits, reducing stress levels along with appropriate herbal supplementation can help overcome infertility.

Libido Boosting:-
It is pretty tough to try and conceive when you do not even desire to make love. If you find that you sex life is lacking spark, you may need to consider herbs that have been found to increase sexual desire. These herbs promote healthy circulation to the reproductive organs.

1. Damiana dried leaves and stems (Turnera diffusa):- 
A female aphrodesiac, damiana has been used for centuries to help increase circulation to the reproductive system as well as increase sexual pleasure.

2. Epimedium also known as Horny goat weed or Yin Yang Huo (Epimedium grandiflorum):-
A wonderful all-natural substitute for Viagra, horny goat weed has been known to increase male virility and give men longer and harder erections.

3. Maca root (Lepidium meyenii):-
Increase sexual desire in both men and women by increasing blood flow to the pelvic region; increasing vaginal secretions in women and enhancing testosterone levels in men.

4. Muira Puama bark and root (Ptychopetalum olacoides):-
Shown to support healthy erection and male fertility. Increases libido in men.

5. Saffron stigma and styles (Crocus sativus):-
Used by the ancient Egyptians to increase their sex drive, Saffron is a powerful herb that works to increase blood flow to the pelvic area, which ultimately boosts sexual feelings in both sexes. Very expensive, yet said to be very effective.

6. Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris):-
A great uro-genital tonic, Tribulus works in both men and women. How? It helps to raise sexual energy and supports a larger, harder erection of the penis by enhancing circulation and blow flow to the area. Overall fertility tonic for male and female reproductive system.

7. Vitex, Chaste tree berry, (Vitex agnus-castus):-
Known as an all-around female reproductive enhancer, Vitex has been used to treat many female issues, including lethargic libido. Able to increase circulation to the genitals, Vitex will also increase vaginal mucus to enhance sexual sensation and improve a woman’s energy levels.

8. Yohimbe bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe):-
Supports healthy circulation to the male reproductive organs. Yohimbe has been shown to help sustain erection and may help to make erection firmer. This herb also supports healthy libido.

Do Indian women Squirt? How Can You Induce Squirting?

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Do Indian women Squirt? How Can You Induce Squirting?

Do Indian women Squirt !! How to Induce squirting? The simple answer –Yes!

Achieving an orgasm is the pinnacle of sexual intercourse. This is marked by the ejaculation of semen for men, but not all women ejaculate while orgasming. However, it is possible to make a woman ejaculate or squirt. The trick here is stimulating a woman’s G-spot on the anterior walls of the vagina.

Stimulating the G-spot while having intercourse may be a little difficult, and if you really want to give a woman an orgasm worth remembering, a little foreplay goes a long way. It is important for the woman to be completely relaxed in order to allow herself to let go and ejaculate. It could also be a good idea to use the restroom so that she is not worried about urinating while squirting.

By inserting your middle and index finger with our palm side up, you should be able to feel the G-spot two to three inches inside the vagina. The G-spot typically has a ridged, bumpy texture and feels rougher than the surrounding area. This spot is usually more easily accessible when the woman is already sexually aroused.

You could also use water based lubricants on your fingers to prevent any possible friction. Flex your knuckles open and shut to stimulate this spot. Through all of this, do not put any pressure on the woman to ejaculate and don’t be in a hurry. Creating a fantasy or experimenting with movement and varying levels of pressure can make the experience more pleasurable. Simultaneously, you could use your other hand to caress and stimulate other erogenous zones. However, when she begins to squirt, maintain a steady rhythm. While men can ejaculate very easily, it may take a lot of patience and perseverance to make a woman squirt. Even then, not every woman will squirt and hence do not try and force it.

Natural herbs can also help intensify a woman’s orgasm and trigger squirting. This is because they increase blood flow and sensations in the genital area and ease tensions. Some well-known herbs that may be used as aphrodisiacs include the Yohimbe bark, damiana, maca, oat straw and horny goat weed. The easiest way to benefit from these herbs is to drink a tea made by steeping them in hot water. Increasing the intake of foods such as spinach, olive oil, fish, garlic, nuts and chocolate can also increase a woman’s libido and help her achieve an orgasm. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Sexologist.

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Dealing with Premature Ejaculation

Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Dealing with Premature Ejaculation

How to eliminate premature ejaculations

Ten tips on how to eliminate premature ejaculations are given below. The easiest (and cheapest) things first.
1. The stop and start technique
2. The breathing technique
3. The squeeze technique
4. Wear a condom
5. Masturbate first
6. Different sexual positions
7. Desensitizing cream
8. Pelvic muscle exercise
9. Herbal treatments
10. Testicular restraint and penis ring

Let's discuss these tips in more details.

Stop and start technique

This technique simply means to bring yourself to (near) the point of no return, and stopping all stimulation before it's too late. For some men, this includes removal of the penis from the vagina, although for others this may not be necessary.
After the urgent feeling to ejaculate subsides, usually after 30 seconds, then thrusting and intercourse can be resumed. This stop and start technique can be repeated several times.
Communication is the key here, guys. Let your partner know that you are getting close to orgasm and to slow down or temporarily stop.
In addition to intercourse, the stop and start technique can also be practiced with your hand, with or without lubricant.

Remember to breathe.

Believe it or not, breathing deeply and relaxing your body during intercourse can help! this works best for premature ejaculation that is caused by anxiety or tension.
Because of its relaxing effect, some men report that drinking one (just one, guys) glass of red wine before lovemaking can help.
For others, distracting oneself by thinking about other things like the office or football can also help to prevent premature ejaculation. Just remember not to think out loud!

The squeeze technique

This technique involves gently squeezing the base or end of the penile shaft and stopping sexual stimulation until the urge to ejaculate passes. The squeezing can be done by either the man or his partner, and can be repeated until ejaculation is desired.

Wear a condom

One of the most overlooked simple cures of premature ejaculation is to wear a condom. Besides being a good practice against sexually transmitted diseases and as a contraceptive, a condom can help reduce the sensation and thus prolong sex.

Masturbate first

Masturbating first a couple of hours before making love can result in the increased ability to last longer. Unfortunately, this often reduces the man's desire for sex.

Different sexual positions

Some men reach orgasm and ejaculate faster in the traditional missionary position (man on top). These men may last longer when their partner is on top. Remember, however, that sexual position preference varies very widely.
Changing positions every so often can also help, perhaps by giving the man brief pauses during lovemaking every now and then.

Desensitizing cream

Desensitizing cream works by lessening the sensation felt by men during intercourse. Although it lengthens staying power for many men, it comes with a price: most of these men said that the cream also makes sex less pleasurable.
Be sure to tell your partner that you are using desensitizing cream. Unfortunately, the dulling effect can also be transferred and felt by the woman, making it longer for her to reach orgasm (which may be one of the reasons a man feels he's not lasting long enough in the first place!).

Pelvic muscle exercise

Would you believe that an exercise usually reserved for incontinent women can help a man prevent premature ejaculation?
In a woman, pregnancy and childbirth are the main cause of the weakening of the pelvic floor muscle. This usually leads to female incontinence. The good news is that a simple pelvic muscle exercise (also called kegel exercise) can help.
The same pelvic muscle is also involved in the ejaculation process (if you must know, the contraction of the pelvic muscle forces the seminal or ejaculate fluid from the prostate gland). This means that for a man, the same pelvic muscle exercise can help gain control over his premature ejaculation.
The pelvic muscle exercise is simple" flex" the pelvic muscle as if you are holding back from or stopping urination. Hold the muscle for about three to five seconds, relax for about three seconds, and repeat. With practice, you should be able to work your way up to hold your pelvic muscle for ten seconds and do as many as one hundred contractions per day.
Remember, you can do this discreet exercise at almost anytime and in any place.

Herbal treatment

There are many herbs for men's sexual health available in the market today. Some of these, such as yohimbe and maca extracts, are basically stimulants and may have unwanted side effects, especially for older men.
A very promising herb is purified tribulus terrestris extract, available under the brand name libilov. Taken regularly,
Tribulus has been proven by many scientific medical studies to help men overcome premature ejaculation without side effects. Moreover, the herb helps boost sex drive, increases stamina and control, and even improves sensation. Visit libilov for men for more information.

Testicular restraint

Gently restraining the testicles from moving during intercourse can help some men from ejaculating prematurely. Although some found it uncomfortable or too much hassle, testicular restraint is generally safe. It can be purchased discreetly through erotic mail-order companies.
Taking cues from the squeeze technique and a vacuum device for impotence, an erotic device called a penis ring or band works to prevent premature ejaculation in some (adventurous) men. Here, a stretchy rubber ring on the base of the penis does the squeezing. Some men, however, feel slight discomfort during intercourse when wearing this ring.
Premature ejaculation can be treated
The tips above have been reported to help about 95% of men to prolong their lovemaking. Remember to be sure to contact your health provider if you feel that you have a severe premature ejaculation problem.

Diploma in Community Medicine, MBBS Alternative Medicine, Diploma in Acupuncture
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Delhi
Erectile dysfunction herbs: A natural treatment for ED?

Some herbs claim to help erectile dysfunction. Find out the facts before trying one.

Erectile dysfunction — difficulty maintaining an erection sufficient for sex — is a common problem. You've likely seen advertisements for erectile dysfunction herbs or supplements to "increase your sexual performance." Could they work for you?

Erectile dysfunction herbs and other natural remedies have long been used in Chinese, African and other cultures. But unlike prescription medications for erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra) and tadalafil (Cialis), erectile dysfunction herbs and supplements haven't been well studied or tested. Some can cause side effects or interact with other medications. And the amount of the active ingredient can vary greatly from product to product.

Here's a quick guide to erectile dysfunction herbs:

Herbal remedy Does it work? Safety
Studied in people, positive results, generally safe
Some evidence shows that dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) increases libido in women and helps erectile dysfunction in men. DHEA appears to be safe at low doses. It can cause acne
Some evidence shows that taking high doses improves erectile dysfunction by stimulating blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. Side effects may include nausea, cramps and diarrhea. Don't take L-arginine with Viagra.

One study of Panax ginseng showed it improved sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction. A cream preparation is used for premature ejaculation. Panax ginseng contains many active ingredients. It appears to be safe used on a short-term basis. Insomnia is a common side effect.
Studied in people, positive results, risky

A number of clinical trials have shown that the primary component of this bark from an African tree can improve sexual dysfunction associated with a drug used to treat depression. This herb has been linked to a number of side effects, including increased blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeat, and anxiety. Yohimbe shouldn't be used without a doctor's supervision.
Not studied in people or negative results

Ginkgo has potential to increase blood flow to the penis. But there's no evidence of benefit for erectile dysfunction. Ginkgo may increase the risk of bleeding.

Horny goat weed (epimedium)
Substances in the leaves of this herb have been used to improve sexual performance, but the herb has not been studied in people. This herb might lower blood pressure.
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Table of Content

Nutritional Value of Yohimbe
Health Benefits of Yohimbe
Improves sexual health
Improves mental health
Treats hypertension
Promotes weight loss
Can help lower side effects of certain medications
Treats blood pressure problems
Uses of Yohimbe
Side-Effects & Allergies of Yohimbe
Cultivation of Yohimbe