Yohimbe is the chemical yohimbine which comes from the bark of the West African tree pausinystalia yohimbe. People have been using it as a stimulant and aphrodisiac throughout history. Yohimbe is marketed and sold as an herbal supplement to improve erectile function. It is also sold as a stimulant drug, many people taking it to stay awake throughout the night or for days, giving them to energy and ability to fully concentrate on their task at hand. The stimulating effects of Yohimbe are described to be more powerful then caffeine and should be taken as directed to prevent insomnia and other adverse reactions.
How Does Yohimbe Work?
Yohimbine, the chemical found in Yohimbe, works by increaing blood flow and nerve impulses to the penis or vagina, helping to increase sexual pleasure and relieve the effects of erectile dysfunction. Yohimbe also works by counteracting the sexual side effects of certain medications used for depression, SSRIs. Yohimbe also works in a similar way at caffeine, increasing the energy of the users and even decreasing the appetite of the users.
Yohimbe is most commonly used to arouse sexual excitement. Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), sexual problems caused by medications for depression (called selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs), and other commonly sexual problems in both men and women can take Yohimbe and see an increase in sexual arousal and excitement.
Yohimbie is also used as a prescription herbal supplement in the treatment of a wide array of medical conditions. Many people will take Yohimbie for athletic performance, weight loss, exhaustion, chest pain, high blood pressure, low blood pressure that occurs when standing up, diabetic nerve pain, and for depression along with certain other medications.
Yohimbe Signs and Symptoms
Yohimbe is a prescription medication in North America, this is because it can have dangerous side effects associated with prolonged use as well as the risk of developing a dependency. Patients taking Yohimbe should only receive this medication on a short term basis. Just as with many other sexual disfunction medications and stimulant, Yohimbe is often abused by people for recreational purposes.
The intentional misuse and abuse of Yohimbe can result in the user developing a dependency to the drug. They begin to crave the drug for its effects, when they are unable to use it they feel low and unable to experience pleasure on their own. To stop its use involves unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, some Yohimbe addicts even may require addiction treatment to get and stay sober.
Yohimbe Addiction Treatment
When addicted to Yohimbe it can feel nearly impossible to quit on your own. Many addict require addiction treatment services to work through their physical and psychological dependency. The type of treatment received is determined by the severity of the addiction, some patients require outpatient treatment allowing them to recover from the comfort of their home, others require an inpatient or residential treatment program to remove them from the temptation that lies at home by moving into the treatment facility for a minimum of 30 days.
Each patients treatment is tailored to their individual needs. Commonly patients will undergo the following treatment aspects to help them get sober.
- Individualized counseling
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
- Behavioral modification therapy
- Chemical dependency education