Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ...Hippocrates
This fact sheet provides basic information about the herb yohimbe--common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. The yohimbe tree is a tall evergreen that is native to western Africa. The bark of the tree contains a chemical called yohimbine. The amount of yohimbine in dietary supplements may vary; some yohimbe products have been found to contain very little yohimbine. However, a standardized form of yohimbine--yohimbine hydrochloride--is available as a prescription medicine that has been studied and used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Common Names--yohimbe, yohimbe bark
Latin Names--Pausinystalia yohimbe
Herbs and sexuality:
Yohimbe bark extract. Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed on February 5, 2007.
Yohimbe. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed on February 5, 2007.
Yohimbe bark. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:429-431.
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NCCAM Publication No. D356