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Yohimbe: Restoring Sexual Potency?
What do you think of yohimbe or other natural supplements for erectile dysfunction as an alternative to Viagra?
Answer (Published 5/4/2006)
Yohimbe is an herbal remedy that comes from the bark of an African tree, Pausinystalia yohimbe. Before Viagra, drugs containing yohimbine hydrochloride, the active ingredient in yohimbe bark extract, were used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). However, levels of yohimbine in yohimbe bark extract vary considerably and are often very low. Yohimbe bark extract, by itself, never has been shown to work as effectively as drugs containing yohimbine hydrochloride. What's more, yohimbe can have serious side effects including paralysis, fatigue, stomach disorders, even death. I don't recommend it, and harvesting of its bark is driving the yohimbe species to extinction.
Viagra and related drugs are the most effective treatments for ED by far, but you can try the following non-drug approaches if you wish:
In addition to the measures above, the following supplements may help:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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