However, it’s not exactly the same as your morning cup of coffee, Yohimbe, which is also a stimulant, claims to take things one step further.
You see, Yohimbe is also considered an aphrodisiac, and some have claimed that it is an important supplement for weight loss.
Your cup of Instant Folgers can’t promise that, can it?
The closest most of us will get to using Yohimbe will be through purchasing a generally dark brown bottle on the shelf at a Walmart or corner grocery store. The ability of this form of yohimbe, yohimbe bark, or yohimbe bark extract to really rise to the occasion (sorry, couldn’t help it) is still in question.
In fact, there is little evidence that other than the placebo effect, that store bought Yohimbe is worth the money you pay for it!
So where does the claim to Yohimbe’s power come from?
Well, tribe members’ claims in the wild aside, most of the desired effect can actually be attributed to OTC Yohimbe’s older brother, namely Yohimbine Hydrochloride.
Yohimbine Hydrochloride (USP), a standardized form of Yohimbine, is actually a prescription drug that has been used to treat erectile dysfunction. Most of the controlled studies, however, seem to indicate that even it is not always a really effective treatment for impotence, and any “evidence” of increased sexual desire (libido) is only anecdotal.
Still, yohimbine hydrochloride has been used effectively for the treatment of sexual side effects caused by some antidepressants, female hyposexual disorder, and as a blood pressure raising agent, as well as in other controlled clinical applications.
Yohimbine has also been used to facilitate a person to recall traumatic memories in the treatment of PTSD, but it appears that, in general, the use of yohimbine outside of medically controlled therapeutic settings may not be appropriate or effective in such cases.
While Yohimbe does not appear to offer any direct value as an aphrodisiac on its own, it could have a side effect on sexual drive or performance. Someone taking Yohimbe may experience a heightened sense of energy or enthusiasm, and this, coupled with a strong desire and expectation of its success, can produce a significant mental belief that IT IS WORKING! After all, a large part of men’s sexual performance depends on the mind rather than the body.
Some studies seem to indicate that Yohimbe can help you lose weight, and this has led to its popularity with some bodybuilders in particular. However, the results are mixed.
Can it help or can it harm?
There doesn’t seem to be much clinical evidence that Yohimbe is a major player when it comes to sex or weight loss. In fact, some who take Yohimbe, myself included, experience a heightened sense of anxiety and agitation … and I normally drink several cups of coffee a day and don’t seem to react at all to stimulants like caffeine.
Bottom line: There doesn’t seem to be much of a reason to spend your Yohimbe money to improve sexual performance or lose weight, unless you really want to believe it works. It’s probably best to just go for a long walk every day.