Yohimbe bark (pronounced yoh-heem-buh) is an herbal supplement associated with anti-aging effects. It is used to naturally treat erectile dysfunction, low libido, hormonal imbalances and symptoms like low energy. Yohimbe has a long history of use in Western Africa, where the plant originates. It’s still grown there today, especially for its apparent aphrodisiac abilities.
According to a 2013 report published in Pharmacognosy Review, yohimbe is the only herb listed for sexual function the Physician’s Desk Reference. (1) Yohimbe has earned the nickname “herbal viagra.” It has been used in certain medications, especially those indicated to treat sexual dysfunction, for over 75 years.
Yohimbe also may act as a mild hallucinogenic, causing neurological reactions that can be wide-ranging. According to the Pavia Poison Control Center in Italy, “Yohimbine is currently approved in the United States for erectile dysfunction but has undergone resurgence in street use as an aphrodisiac and mild hallucinogen.” (2)