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Yohimbe

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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Corynanthe yohimbe

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Bark
  • Chemical this herb contains:
  • Yohimbine, also called quebrachine, aphrodine OR corynine

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Blocks responses of parts of autonomic nervous system.
  • Increases blood pressure.
  • Acts as a local anesthetic.
  • Inhibits monamine oxidase and may cause alarming blood-pressure rise–even strokes–when taken with cheese, red wine or other foods or supplements containing tyromines.
  • Causes hallucinations.

Miscellaneous information:

  • Yohimbe can produce severe anxiety when given intravenously.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Arouses or enhances sexual desire.
  • Treats impotency.
  • Treats painful menstrual cramps.
  • Treats chest pain due to coronary artery disease (angina).
  • Treats arteriosclerosis.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Don’t take if you:

  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.
  • Have kidney or liver disease.

Consult your doctor if you:

  • Take this herb for any medical problem that doesn’t improve in 2 weeks. There may be safer, more-effective treatments.
  • Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.

Pregnancy:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Breast-feeding:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Infants and children:

  • Treating infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation is hazardous.

Others:

  • This product will not help you and may cause toxic symptoms.

Storage:

  • Keep cool and dry, but don’t freeze. Store safely away from children.

Safe dosage:

  • At present no “safe” dosage has been established.

TOXICITY

Rated dangerous, particularly in children, persons over 55 and those who take larger than appropriate quantities for extended periods of time.

  • For symptoms of toxicity: See ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS section below.

ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

Signs and symptoms: What to do:
Abdominal pain Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Fatigue Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Hallucinations Seek emergency treatment.
High blood pressure Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Muscle paralysis Seek emergency treatment.
Weakness Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.

From the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1988 by Fisher Books; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange

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