An Unbiased Review of Yohimbe

Yohimbe is one of the most discussed, and most controversial, of the natural libido boosters. My search for unbiased reviews yielded mostly fake reviews, biased reviews by people who had a reason to promote it, or warnings against it that also seemed to have an agenda. So I decided to simply try it myself. I purchased a bottle of 450mg Yohimbe, 2% extract (9mg) capsules from a popular supplement store. I won't even say where so you won't think I'm just trying to peddle a product to you. Below are the results of my initial trials with it.

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The first night that I took one wasn’t the best of circumstances, so I can’t use that experience as a controlled test. I ended up being intimate with my girlfriend less than 30 minutes after taking it, which I don’t think was enough time for it to work. I did notice after “relations” that I couldn’t sleep and my mouth was very dry. I decided to wait a couple days and try a different experiment, which I will detail below.

I took one capsule at 6:30pm, about 90 minutes after eating dinner, but along with a little popcorn.

The first thing I noticed was my mouth feeling dry around 7:15pm. As the night wore on, I started doubting if this herb did anything at all because I felt nothing else besides the brief dry mouth session.

Around 10:30pm I was on the phone with my girlfriend. It wasn’t a sexual conversation, but soon had an erection and it was in fact firmer than usual. It also lasted a little longer than the typical spontaneous erection.

An hour later I decided to take my “test” further with self-stimulation. My erection was firmer than normal and maintained well throughout.

The next morning I had an erection when I woke up and felt a little more “stimulated” or “tingly” downstairs. I would say my first experiment was a success.

A week later, I wanted to test Yohimbe again. I took it at 5:45pm, 45 minutes after eating. I noticed the usual dry mouth appear about 45 minutes later, and went out for the night. The only other thing I noticed was that I wasn’t as sleepy as I had been earlier. When I got in bed that night, a firm spontaneous erection occurred and it lasted about 15 minutes. I sat there and wondered why it wasn’t so easy when the pressure was on to perform. I woke in the middle of the night and in the morning with erections.

Until this herb, the only thing that I felt worked for me was Cialis.

I’ve read a lot of warnings about Yohimbe, some of which are conflicting. Most of the warnings are about heart conditions and blood pressure. But I’ve read it’s bad for high blood pressure patients and I’ve read in other sources that it’s bad for low blood pressure patients. The woman at the supplement store even said, “You have to be careful with that because it can kill you if you take too much.”

She actually said that.

The first time I took Yohimbe, I had a very dry mouth, insomnia, and my stomach was upset. The second and third times I experienced dry mouth, slight insomnia once, but no stomach problems. Perhaps the little food in my stomach helped.

Some sources say to take it 1-3 hours before intimacy and that it the side effects and benefits last “a few hours.” Everyone seems to have a different reaction to it. Perhaps I’m one of the lucky ones because I’ve had few side effects and the benefits seem to last about 12 hours for me.

Your mileage may vary.

I have since tried Yohimbe 3 more times. The third and fifth times were almost exactly the same as the second – dry mouth 45 minutes later, slightly warm and alert feeling, and more easily sustained erections. The fourth try,  however yielded no results. No dry mouth, no benefits – nothing. I took that one closer to a big meal, so perhaps that was the problem. That meal also included cheese, which I have read is not good to eat with Yohimbe. Still, it seems like it has worked more often than not.

My next test will be several hours before intimacy with my girlfriend. But I am cautiously optimistic that Yohimbe might one missing piece of my ED puzzle. For more on supplements that might help you, see my article on Vitamins, Minerals, & Herbs For Erectile Dysfunction.

I’m a healthy 41 year old. I live a healthy lifestyle including exercise 7 days a week, no known health problems, regular checkups, and a healthy diet of mostly raw fruits and vegetables. For those reasons, I felt comfortable trying Yohimbe. You must make such decisions at your own risk, and you shouldn’t take anything unless you check with your doctor first.

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28 Comments on An Unbiased Review of Yohimbe

  1. I took two pills tonight of Yohimbe 1000 mg at the suggestion of one of my friends who is a chiropractor – he had good experiences with it. I on the other hand had terrible experience. I took two pills around 6:30 last evening. I then meditated and at the end of a nice half hour meditation – i noticed an upset stomach and then slight problems breathing – after wards I drove into town to meet my chiropractor friend for dinner(about 3 miles) and was trembling and shivering as I drove – I could hardly keep my hand steady. At dinner I was trembling even more and could not hold a soup spoon steady to taste the soup I could hardly do anything I was trembling so much – I told my friend i had to go for a walk and started seriously thinking of checking into the emergency room. We walked for about a half hour and then I felt a little better – but was starting to have problems swallowing my saliva – my mouth was drive but it was more than that – I was amazingly claim for all the effects – it is now 4 hours later and I am much better but still trembling a little – wow this stuff did not agree with me. Having trouble swallowing got really bad and a little scary as I could only swallow with sips of water but struggled without it – almost like I was losing motor control of this mechanism. I want this stuff to wear off as soon as possible … I read of some the negative effects and maybe the effected me more – I am being very honest and not exagerating – this was a very scary experience for me.

    • That’s terrible! I’m sorry to hear about this experience. Yohimbe was an eye-opener for me as well. I had never realized a natural herb could be so powerful. 2000mg is a pretty high dose, too. There are other alternatives to Yohimbe, as we wrote about here.

      Good luck and thanks for sharing your experience!

    • It sounds to me like you took way to much. I took one tablet of the 451 and the systems I had were similar to what you had only much less intense. My problem was that I took it without food.

    • Dr.H.Davis // August 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm // Reply

      I am a long standing nutrition researcher. I am very familiar with yohimbe and that was way, way too high of a dose!!!
      Start really low then more up very slowly as to milligram amounts. It is an amazing bark extract for ED/libido, etc., and can be used by females too!
      One company has a 5 mg. cap to start then double up, etc.,until you reach nirvana.
      Drink extra water and never take on an empty stomach. It will also raise your neurotransmitters like dopamine/serotonin giving one a good mood. It will work!

  2. Any updates since your original article on this product?

    • Hey there. Nothing has really changed since then. The effectiveness and side effects still work basically the same, though I think both diminish slightly over time with frequent use. I did review a GNC product (see here) that included a lower dose of Yohimbe. I found that taking it daily affected my mood, but not everyone has shared my experience. It definitely helped with libido and performance. It might be worth a look. All in all, it’s still in my opinion the most effective alternative I’ve tried, though the side effects are also quite strong.

      • Hi. I appreciate the comments above. A week and a half ago I took a 50mg Viagra and a half tab of Yohimbine HCL my Doctor let me try one hour apart. 1 hour after I took it I found that it took very little stimulation to get an erection and within forty minutes after ejaculation I was fully erect again. This is what I looking for, a faster recovery time. 4 days ago I did the same and added Yohimbine herbal capsule with 2% alkoloid at 9mg from GNC. Unbelievable experience. My recovery time was 20 minutes and i was a in a semi to hard state with no stimulation taking breaks between intercourse, like i was 20. I’m 49. I’m trying to refine my cocktail to get off of V completely. Will continue experimenting. I’d like to hear other people’s experiences…

  3. Libido Max with 2% (500mg) Yohimbine almost took my husbands life last night! Luckily the paramedics came just in time to bring him back. Stay away from this supplement and any like it. He took it as directed on the bottle, and he is a super healthy 32yr old male. Thank God he pulled through!

  4. I appreciate your review on this stuff. I’ve been having ‘issues’ in the bedroom as well, and it is extremely hard to find an honest review without a link to order a product at the end of it. I’ve been taking both L-Arginine and Pycnogenol for about 5 days based on research I’ve done. After reading your review, and many others (I credit yours the most), I bought Yohimbe from a local nutrition company.. I’m assuming the same one you purchased from. I broke the capsule and dumped 2/3 of the product out, essentially taking 1/3 of a capsule the first time to be safe. I didn’t feel much for a couple of hours, then started to get spontaneous hard erections. This lasted through the night and I woke up rock hard. I waited for a couple of days and then took 1/2 of a capsule this time before going into the office. I had some pretty intense sensations and during conversations with my girlfriend, became quite aroused. Hard erections again. I did notice that my heartbeat increased and I had a light case of cold sweats. My pupils became dialated, so I was a little concerned people would think I was high! As of yet, I have not had the chance to try this out in the bedroom. Every other day, I am gradually increasing my dose (which I take in the morning) and will soon be trying 1 full capsule with no coffee, as I’m afraid to combine stimulants. I do not take this supplement every day, I am only trying to build a tolerance by increasing my dose every other or every 3rd day. I plan on taking 1 capsule about 2 – 3 hours before activity next time I visit my girlfriend, as we live apart and plan to have some ‘fun’ next time we get together. I’ll report back with my findings, as it is extremely hard to find unbiased reviews. Thanks again for documenting your experience.

    • Yes please keep us “abreast” (pun intended) of your situation! Your first experience sounds very similar. The side effects of dry mouth, restlessness, etc, were a worthy tradeoff for me. Not everyone can handle the side effects. I also felt that the side effects waned over time. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

  5. I don’t normally respond to blog entries such as this, but, before buying a bottle of Yohimbe, I read your review, thought it helpful, and thought I would give it a try.

    I took one tablet last night and proceeded to have an absolutely dreadful evening. I would like to share my experience so that people are forewarned. About 20 minutes after taking the tablet, I began to experience intense facial flushing. This was followed by what can only be described as a fever. I was hot all over and was suffering from chills. If this weren’t bad enough, I began to experience debilitating waves of nausea. To make a long story short, I spent most of the rest of the night on the bathroom floor, vomiting and absolutely dripping with sweat.

    Needless to write, I will never take this again. I just flushed an entire bottle of tablets (minus one, of course) down the garbage disposal. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  6. You guys have really been taking the wrong stuff in the wrong way. The key component you want is Yohimbine HCL, as opposed to Yohimbe which contains many other parts that are likely causing many of the side effects. I primarily use it for fat burning, but noticed a huge libdo increase at the same time. Also the doses in the pure HCL form are 2.5mg per pill, and is suggested to slowly ramp up from there. The typical max daily suggested intake based on body weight is 0.2mg/kg or 0.09mg/lb. Also its most/only effective on an empty or carb deprived stomach. GNC for what ever reason doesn’t carry it, but Vitamin Shoppe does. There are some online retailers that have it as well.

    • My doctors that’s giving me Viagra I don’t know why I been on since 1997 and 2013 if I feel empty capsules online and I took one and now I’m very very flushed and hot but my dick is hard I don’t get it I don’t know if this is good or bad I’m gonna tried a few more times

  7. Han Zhi Hao // June 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm // Reply

    From the reviews of many people, I believe that only certain people are suitable for this. Herbs for sexual function comes in yin and yang type. Yohimbe is very yang.
    A good sexual stimulant should contain both yin and yang herb, so that the supplement would remain balanced. For safety reasons, I would advise people to use fenugreek(only 1 teaspoon gently boiled in 800 cc of water in stainless steel pot for 45 mins)- It is used as normal herb and very effective to increase the size and erection potency.(1 dosage
    As many libido increasing herbs are yang, I would suggest that you combine with food/herbs that is yin for balance. Eggplant and moringa is excellent.

  8. john Hinley // July 9, 2013 at 11:44 am // Reply

    48 yo non exercising male , took 1 capsule 1 hr before bedtime , 3 hrs after eating a small meal of beef and potatos. Went to bed and had a brief pretty intense shivers shakes episode for about 2-3 minutes, couldn’t fall asleep at first , got hot , then too cold to where I shivered briefly again. Finally I fell asleep then I was awoken an hr later by a “very” “intense” rock hard erection like I haven’t had in quite awhile . Definitely stronger than usual erection. Then I couldn’t get back to sleep for about another hr then fell asleep. The intense erection lasted about 15 minutes straight and then totally disappeared. I did not wake up with an erection the next morning. From this experience I would say I need to take it 3-4 hrs before “activity” and definitely not right at bedtime due to restlessness , shakes ,sweats …I will also try 1/2 of the caplet next time to throttle it down and see if I still get the desired erectile effects.

    • That’s a pretty close experience to what I’ve felt. The side effects seemed to get better with repeated use, but it definitely isn’t for everyone.

  9. Ok. So I’ve tried the yohimbe a few more times and the results are spotty. I had to ditch the L-Arginine because it absolutely pegged my potassium levels… my doctor advised after my last physical to abandon them completely. But guys… LISTEN. I found something that works, but you have to be open minded. During a search, I happened across a YouTube channel with hypnosis videos. There is a hypnosis video for erectile dysfunction and I’ll be damned if it didn’t work after the first listen. The results are incredible. If your ED is anxiety-based, this should do the trick. The hypnotist is incredible and I am amazed. I can’t figure out how to paste the link, but go to YouTube and search the phrase “Overcome Erectile Dysfunction- Free Self Hypnosis for Impotence”. Also search this guy’s channel for the Performance Anxiety exercise. Realize that I am in no way profiting from sharing this video. This worked wonders for me after trying so many other things (most recently, Viagra) and I will continue using his sessions. Please let me know your results, I’m anxious to hear more reviews.

  10. Most on here have been taking the wrong dose for body composition. Yohimbe is never to be taken before bed as its a metabolic booster found in a lot of your fat burners and energy pills. I have never experienced the side effects that most one here have felt while reaping the rewards of better erections and energy boost during activity. I believe in the yin and yang aspect as I never take it alone it is usually stacked with other supplements and always taken with a light meal

  11. Dr.H.Davis // August 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm // Reply

    Way too high of doses I see here for some. start with 5 mg. caps then go up by doubling. Never take on an empty stomach. A light meal is fine. Drink extra water as your sodium levels may be affected. But,I have never seen dry mouth symptoms if water is taken along with my recommendations. Will increase mood,weight loss, and, of course, libido and erectile function. Good for females too. Increases circulation to the vagina an other mechs.come into play here

  12. Meant to state 8 mg. pharma grade as other forms can cause side effects.

    • My husband tried Yohimbe, for the 1st time, 3 days ago. He took one 450 mg tablet in the morning, following a light breakfast. He didn’t notice any changes in breathing nor experienced any side effects whatsoever. The following day, he took a 2nd dose, same mg., however, approx a couple hours later, began feeling a constant need to urinate (this lasted for 2 days), which was accompanied by 2 days of diarrhea. Dr.H. Davis, per your latest comment, was the initial milligram intake too high?

  13. I am going to start taking yohimbe extract in drop form as it more potent and it says to take 10-15 drops once a day. Says dosage is 25mg.. so is this ok?

  14. I am reading the comments and it seems that people have 500mg capsules that are not available in my area. I did manage to get yohimbe bark which I gave ground up. My first test dosage was 50 mg in a bit of hot water. No effect 5 hours later.

    Tomorrow, I plan to go to 100mg of bark and increase by 100 mg per day until there is an effect.

    Does this seem like a reasonable protocol?

    Shall I give up at 500mg of bark? More?

    • Starting small is probably best. If you have any health issues, you may want to ask a doctor. Yohimbe’s side effects can be pretty harsh.

  15. Yohime sucks. Any sexual enhancement at all is nullified by the nervous, anxious, strung out feeling of the Yohimbe. This stuff is not only over rated but as someone who has studied Nutrition I believe it is dangerous not only physically due to heart palpitations but it is also dangerous for someones mental health as well. The anxiety, dread, and jittery feeling is like drinking 50 cups of coffee all at once and is not pleasurable. It’s like a very unfocused nervous tension felling you get that trumps any sexual enhancement you might get. This product is over rated for sure and shouldn’t be sold over the counter. I highly suggest that if you experience any negative effects and/or need to see a doctor as a result from taking Yohime I highly suggest calling a lawyer and suing the company that made the particular brand you too and also sue the store that carries it. Suing not just for money but as a punishment for their ignorance. And by the way to the guy who said your friend was a chiropractor. Keep in mind that chiropractors are not safe to see nor are they real doctors.

  16. Hi all. the other day I received some yohimbe bark powder. I used three tea spoons on boiled water and steeped for 10-20 minutes…after about 40 minutes got side effects but did not get an erection….any explanation. thanks

    • As with its rx counterparts, it doesn’t necessarily increase libido/desire, but does increase the function of erections once they are achieved.

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