Sexual Arousal and Erectile Dysfunction
Yohimbine HCL is taken by mouth to arouse sexual excitement and for erectile dysfunction (ED), sexual problems caused by medications for depression called selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and general sexual problems in both men and women. It is also used for athletic performance and weight loss.
Yohimbine HCL works by increases of the blood flow and nerve impulses to the penis or vagina, aiding in physiological and psychogenic (mental/emotional) impotence. It is therefore extremely effective for boosting libido.
Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, takes place when a man is not able to maintain an erection long enough to complete a sexual experience. Approximately 1 in 10 men in the United States have erectile dysfunction. Yohimbine HCL can be used as a treatment option. Sometimes a man is not sexual aroused enough to maintain an erection.
Yohimbine hydrochloride is a prescription medication (Yocon) in the USA. It is marketed to treat impotence. It increases peripheral blood flow and can also be used to dilate the pupils. It begins to work two to three weeks after you begin taking it. The Mayo Clinic says that a typical dosage for impotence is 5.4 to 6 mg three times per day, but you should follow your doctor’s dosing instructions.
Now that you are finally aware of Yohimbine HCl and the proper dosing, keep in mind that Yohimbine HCl’s effects work the best in the absence of insulin, and its effects start to diminish the more insulin is present. But also be aware that a little insulin secretion does not just flip a switch and shut off all fat burning effects either. The body is not that black and white. For instance, Yohimbine HCl will work best in a fasted state, but will also work just fine if you took in, say, a scoop of whey early morning before your cardio and sipped BCAAs during. Most people think of insulin as an on/off switch and it just doesn’t work that way. So keep that in mind when you are using various dieting approaches so that you don’t think that Yohimbine HCl is only for those who do fasted cardio and/or a ketogenic diets.
Furthermore, the whole point behind taking Yohimbine HCl is to breakdown the fat from those stubborn areas so that we can mobilize it and then eventually oxidize it and use it for fuel. That is why the ultimate time to take Yohimbine HCl (and the only time I recommend to bother taking it) is before low-moderate intensity cardio. Most people who are doing both weights and cardio like to combine them into one workout for obvious time reasons. In this case, take your dose of Yohimbine HCl about 15-20 minutes before you are finished with your weight workout.
That way, the Yohimbine HCl is given enough time to start working in the body and be ready to start breaking down that fat by the time you hop on the treadmill (or bike, elliptical, etc.) to do your post workout cardio. Obviously if you have a cardio only training day, or have the luxury to split up your weight and cardio sessions, then the ultimate time you will get the most bang for your buck is with early morning cardio – either fasted or a scoop of whey beforehand.
No prescription medicine is ever free of side effects. Yohimbine HCL can cause increased blood pressure, racing heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, dizziness, headaches, sweating and vomiting. So start low and work your dose up, when needed.
Yohimbe’s History As An Aphrodisiac
Yohimbe is an evergreen tree with large, leathery leaves. It is native to the tropical west coast of Africa, from Nigeria to Gabon. Natives in that region have used the inner bark of Yohimbe to treat angina, hypertension, fever, cough and leprosy. It was also smoked or snuffed to attain an altered state of consciousness. Its main use and rumored “power” was that as an aphrodisiac. Today science recognizes it as a sensual stimulant, but Native Africans also recognized that drinking Yohimbe tea encouraged sexual arousal. It was traded with Europeans and the tales of Yohimbe’s “powers” spread, giving rise for its increased demand by Europeans.
People across the world revere Yohimbe as an important herb for increasing libido in both men and women.