Yohimbine originates from the Yohimbe tree, which is located in Central Africa. For many years, the Yohimbe tree has been known to local West Africans as the "love tree". That is because its aphrodisiac capabilities have been known of - and widely used - for many years. The first people to start using Yohimbe extract were Bushments, Pygmies, and tribes from Nigeria, Gabon, and Cameroon. It has long been thought to improve your sexual abilities, stamina, pleasure and, of course, your sexual drive. Yohimbe is now available all around the world, because making it no longer requires tearing down Yohimbe trees. Instead, in 1896, researchers took a sample to a lab and were able to synthetically reproduce an alkaloid compound in the bark, which is now known as Yohimbine.
Yohimbine is most commonly used as either a fat burner or as an aphrodisiac. It has been used widely to counter the effects of erectile dysfunction and to improve upon the body's ability to burn fat. Those taking Yohimbine find that consuming food alongside it will negate much of the fat burning effects of it, so will instead take Yohimbine while in a state of fasting. It acts by boosting adrenaline levels, while simultaneously regulating agents in blood cells.
However, there are a number of issues surrounding Yohimbine, not least the fact that most supplements containing it are very poorly labeled, and fail to properly highlight the amount of Yohimbine present. Yohimbine can also have severe psychological effects, especially with regards to individuals who already suffer from anxiety or bipolar disorder. Before taking Yohimbine, always consult a doctor if you are on any other form of medication, or you are predisposed to sensitivity.
Common side effects of taking Yohimbine can include dizziness, nervousness, abdominal pain or nausea. If patients are predisposed to anxiety, then Yohimbine can have much larger neurological effects, and trigger manic psychosis. For those who suffer from bipolar disorder, it can lead to suicidal tendencies.
For this reason, be sure to consult your doctor before taking Yohimbine if you are at all worried about the adverse psychological effects it could have.
In order to increase your levels of fat burning, here is the recommended dosage based on your weight:
Essentially, a dosage of 0.2mg/kg of body weight have been safely taken to ensure higher levels of fat burning, while not having any negative effects on heart rate or blood pressure.
Here are some other points to bear in mind:
If you are at all worried about taking Yohimbine and are not 100% sure that your own medical health is suitable for starting on a course of Yohimbine, then first consult with your doctor. Having done so, never exceed the recommended doses as stated by your doctor. Much of the packaging and online information surrounding Yohimbine is inaccurate, so it should be taken with caution.
There have been some noted adverse effects on persons taking Yohimbine at 5.4mg three times a day to counter erectile dysfunction. This includes:
Some patients who took higher doses (15-20mg range) have also been found to possibly develop hypertension or tachycardia (an irregular heartbeat).
Studies taken out to analyze the correct labeling of Yohimbine products have found that the actual percentages contained are between 25% to 150% of that stated. Very few labels are found to have correct dosages labeled, and others do not warn of any adverse side-effects of Yohimbine.
Do not take Yohimbine, or at least first consult with a doctor, if you suffer from any of the following:
Yohimbine should be stored at room temperature, between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It should not be stored in a fridge or freezer and should be kept away from direct sunlight. Avoid areas that are prone to high moisture or humidity, as this can also compromise the integrity of the tablets. Be sure to keep Yohimbine away from children. As with any supplement or medication, once Yohimbine has gone out of date, dispose of it safely and do not continue to use.
There are still those that doubt the effectiveness of Yohimbine in burning fat or in its ability to counter erectile dysfunction. Many who use it may be quick to read the claims on the packaging, rather than look into the medical proof or risks associated with it. In fact, much of the packaging of Yohimbine fails completely to list any of the possible side effects and is usually completely inaccurate in stating the actual percentage of Yohimbine that is present. For this reason, before starting on a course of Yohimbine, it is best to first consult with a medical professional. They will be able to assess whether it is likely to have any adverse effects on you physically or psychologically. If so, it is likely that they will be able to prescribe an alternate form of medication that you may be much better suited to.