Dangerous Side Effects of Yohimbe
Dr. Philip Pie
Green Secret Psychological Research Center
Yohimbe is Everywhere
Take a look at the ingredients listed in almost any sexual enhancement or erectile dysfunction herbal supplement. The ingredient you are most likely to find is Yohimbe (Corynanthe yohimbe).
Survey on-line or over the counter erectile dysfunction products and you’ll find it in about 7 out of 10 of them.
Something so widely sold must be safe… right? Think again.
Consumer Reports warns that Yohimbe is one of the 12 most dangerous supplements you can buy.(http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/05/dangerous-supplements/index.htm).
According to Consumer Reports the “usual doses can cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate; high doses can cause severe low blood pressure, heart problems, death.”
What is Yohimbe?
Natives of western Africa have scraped the bark off of towering Yohimbe evergreen tress for hundreds of years. Powder made from the bark was brewed into a drink used as an aphrodisiac and treatment for impotence.
Yohimbe bark powder was also used to treat fevers, leprosy, high blood pressure, and heart problems. Warriors drank it as a stimulant before going into battle. Yohimbe powder was smoked to trigger hallucinations in spiritual rituals.
Yohimbe contains a chemical called yohimbine which can increase blood flow and nerve impulses to the penis or vagina.
Side Effects of Yohimbe
The NIH (U.S. National Institute of Health) warns about the potentially dangerous effects of yohimbe (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/759.html).
According to NIH, typical doses of yohimbe can result in “stomach upset, excitation, tremor, sleep problems, anxiety or agitation, high blood pressure, a racing heartbeat, dizziness, stomach problems, drooling, sinus pain, irritability, headache, frequent urination, bloating, rash, nausea, and vomiting.”
Use of Yohimbe has been associated with “irregular or rapid heartbeat, kidney failure, seizure and heart attack”.
NIH goes on to report that high doses of yohimbe “can also cause other severe problems, including difficulty breathing, paralysis, very low blood pressure, heart problems, and death”.
Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not take yohimbe. NIH reports that “Yohimbe might affect the uterus and endanger the pregnancy. It might also poison the unborn child.”
NIH also reports that yohimbe can make people with schizophrenia more psychotic. It can also create worse symptoms for people with prostate problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), liver disease and kidney disease.
Don’t use yohimbe if you have blood pressure problems. Small amounts of yohimbe can increase blood pressure. Large amounts can cause dangerously low pressure. Yohimbe decreases the effectiveness of blood pressure medications and antidepressants.
Don’t use yohimbe if you have chest pain or heart disease. “Yohimbe can seriously harm the heart.”
Yohimbe can increase anxiety and depression.
Yohimbe can “increase manic symptoms in people with bipolar depression or suicidal tendencies in individuals with depression”.
Don’t use yohimbe is you have diabetes. “Yohimbe can interfere with insulin and other medications used for diabetes and cause low blood sugar.”
Taking yohimbe along with stimulant drugs might cause serious problems including increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Some stimulant drugs include diethylpropion (Tenuate), epinephrine, phentermine (Ionamin), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), and many others.
If You Take Yohimbe Be Careful What You Eat
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that yohimbine can cause serious adverse effects when taken with tyramine-containing foods (e.g., liver, cheeses, red wine) or with over-the-counter (OTC) products containing phenylpropanolamine, such as nasal decongestants and diet aids.
Foods that contain tyramine, such as beer, red wine, liver, aged or smoked meats, and aged cheese can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels if you eat them while taking yohimbine.
Using yohimbe with high doses of coffee, cola, mate or tea may result in dangerously high blood pressure.
Safe and Effective Substitutes for Yohimbe
With so many potential dangerous side effects it is a wonder anyone still markets products containing yohimbe. But they do. Check ingredients labels, you’ll be amazed. Yohimbe may send blood to your genitals, but at an unacceptable high health risk. There are other natural herbs that work just as well or better and are much safer to use.
I recommend PassionSticks™ (https://www.passionsticks.com/) because it uses seven natural aphrodisiacs to that are safe and effective substitutes for Yohimbe. These include damiana leaf extract, ashwagandha root extract, muira puama root extract, epimedium leaf extract, maca root extract and deer antler velvet extract.
Disclaimer: The statements contained on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information on this publication should not be used as medical advice.