Yohimbe is a popular herb coming originally from South Africa and known worldwide as an excellent aphrodisiac. In fact it is the inner bark of the tropical West African tree Corynanthe Yohimbe. For centuries, folks from these regions have used the crude bark as a tonic to enhance sexual prowess and pleasure.
Yohimbine is the sexual enhancement medication with the furthest reaching systemic impact: heart palpitations and excitation with insomnia for up to 30 hours can happen after ingesting even a small amount of yohimbine.
Yohimbe has been one of the most popular supplements for men and women for years. When ingested, the body converts it to yohimbine and assimilates it into the bloodstream.
The active alkaloid, yohimbine bitartrate, is the component of the only allopathic medicines known to cause erection in impotent males and approaches the concept of an aphrodisiac. Yohimbine bitartrate particularly affects nerves and changes blood flow regulators in the genital area. The medical texts never mention that it does the same thing to women, showing a typical disregard for female erection.
Yohimbe bark stimulates chemical reactions in the body that may aid in psychogenic cases of impotence, due to fatigue, tension and stress. Clinical studies have shown the herb to be effective in restoring potency in diabetic and heart patients who suffer from impotency.
In higher doses (approximately 50 mg or more per day), yohimbine appears to block both an enzyme called monoamine oxidase (MAO) and also neurotransmitters ? particularly dopamine and serotonin, which are all thought to play a role in maintaining emotional status.