Habitat & Cultivation : Indigenous to the woodlands of western Africa, particularly in Cameroon, Zaïre, and Gabon, Yohimbe is a plant whose bark is collected at any time throughout the year.
Part Used : Bark.
Constituents : Yohimbe comprises around 6% indole alkaloids, which include yohimbine, along with pigments and tannins. The alkaloids exhibit a cerebral stimulant effect at moderate doses but can be highly toxic when consumed in large amounts.
History & Folklore : Yohimbe holds an age-old reputation in western Africa, particularly within the Bantu community, where it is regarded as a male aphrodisiac and a mild hallucinogen.
Medicinal Actions & Uses : Yohimbe is infrequently utilized in herbal medicine due to concerns about its potential toxicity. In western Africa, it is sometimes used as a stimulant and as a remedy for addressing erectile dysfunction. Yohimbine, an active component of Yohimbe, has found application in conventional medicine for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.