Yohimbe is one of the more controversial ingredients that are used in products marketed towards men with sexual performance problems. It is widely thought to be helpful in treating erectile dysfunction and impotence and is a natural, non-Drug alternative to medications such as Viagra and Cialis.
Because Yohimbe is a therapeutic treatment, it has not had to have FDA approval to be sold and, unlike Drug, there is no clinical evidence to prove how well it works. However, there are studies to show the effect it has had on patients using it as part of erectile dysfunction treatment, and it has been successful in relaxing and widening the blood vessels. This process, also known as dilation, is vital to the erection as it allows for a greater volume of blood to flow to the penis. By doing this, the male erection is harder and can last longer. Additionally, Yohimbe is sometimes used to help treat sexual fatigue, support the libido and support the volume of semen. It can also be included in body-building supplements for its effects fat loss and muscle mass.
The amount of Yohimbe that is used in any male enhancement supplement will vary depending on the brand and whether it is combined with other ingredients such as Tongkat Ali, Muira Puama and L-Arginine. There has been no dosage amount that is thought to be particularly beneficial, although the amount of 500mg per oral capsule seems standard. However, Yohimbe, as noted, is a controversial ingredient for a number of reasons and can have a very detrimental effect on the health. One of the main concerns is that it cannot be used by men with a history of cardiovascular problems and high blood pressure and even in low-medium doses it can cause anxiety, insomnia and rapid heartbeat, It is also known to interact with many other Drug medications and should be avoided if there is any other substances being taken by the consumer.
Because there are so many alternatives to Yohimbe now available (Muira Puama in particular is one of note), it is recommended that consumers avoid this ingredient altogether and they will find that a number of manufacturers even promote their brand as being ‘Yohimbe free’.