Pausinystalia johimbe

Yohimbe - Pausinystalia johimbe (in the Rubiaceae or Madder family)

Part used: Bark.

Taste/smell: Taste not very distinguishable, slightly astringent.

Dosage: Small amounts of the alkaloid have shown results while larger doses loose the desired clinical effect.

Use: (a) Impotence.

The alkaloid, yohimbine, has been used successfully with male erectile dysfunction, orthostatic hypotension and narcolepsy. It appears to work by blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors.

Contraindications: 15-20 milligrams of yohimbine alkaloid can induce hypertension; 12 milligrams can induce a hypertensive crises if taken with tricyclic antidepressants; 10 milligrams can induce mania in bipolar disease; 15 milligrams have been associated with bronchospasm.

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