Top 10 Yohimbe Bark Tea Benefits

Yohimbe Bark Tea Benefits

Plants have long been used for making medicine and from seeds to leaves to petals to bark and root; there is almost no part of a bush, shrub, tree or flower that doesn’t contain some fascinating chemical compounds that exist naturally in nature. Sometimes, the medical community is able to figure out what constituents contribute to a plant’s medicinal properties, and other times their healing effects remain lost to folklore. Yohimbe bark tea benefits however, are well known; so much in fact that the active compound in the bark, yohimbine, is still used today to make medicine for various health issues.

Though easily found in capsules and supplements, some still feel the best way to take advantage of the African tree’s barky benefits is through enjoying a cup of tea. Some find tea less likely to cause side effects that can be associated with yohimbe, including dizziness, stomach upset, nausea and more – although these still can and do occur if using the bark in tea. For these reasons, it’s always important to consult a healthcare provider before using any herbal remedies. Some may interact with medications or cause unsafe or unwanted side effects.

The most well known of all yohimbe bark tea benefits relate to sexual performance and libido enhancement. And, the herb has been proven to have positive effects in these regards. On the negative side, the bark can have a slightly unpleasant taste, and most herbal tea recipes using it add in other flavorful spices and herbs to make it more palatable. A plain yohimbe bark tea recipe requires little more than grinding the bark and boiling five or six teaspoons worth with two cups of water. The mixture should be strained before enjoying, and cinnamon, honey or both can be added to improve the flavor. It should be sipped slowly and not too much should be taken at one time. Though most of the health applications associated with the herb relate to sexual function, there are other potential uses for yohimbe, a collection of ten of which can be found below.

1. Impotence and Sexual Dysfunction: Of all the purported applications of yohimbe, the one that has received the most attention and study concerns impotence and general sexual dysfunction. The bark is also thought to be helpful in specific sexual related dysfunction caused by certain medications, which can carry sexual side effects.

2. Erectile Dysfunction: Though less researched, some evidence exists to suggest that erectile dysfunction (ED) can be positively affected by yohimbe bark, and the actual herb may even be more effective than medications containing extract of the active ingredient. However, more research will be needed to determine if yohimbe bark tea benefits actually include reducing ED related symptoms.

3. Phobias: Generalized as anxiety, some research exists to support the use of yohimbe in people who have specific anxiety as it relates to various phobias. Trial results are contradictory; however there is some research to support the herb’s use in this application.

4. Athletic Performance: There is little scientific evidence to support the herb’s use in this application; however yohimbe bark tea benefits have long included performance improvement. Studies suggest otherwise, though the herb remains popular for this use.

5. Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications, and there is often little that can be done about it unfortunately. However, there is some preliminary research that supports the notion that yohimbe bark tea benefits may include a reduction in these types of common symptoms, although it’s imperative to consult a doctor before using yohimbe if any medications are taken.

6. Depression: Few studies have been done regarding the use of yohimbe in persons with depression and those that have been done have concluded that the herb is not useful in these individuals. However, yohimbe bark tea benefits have throughout historical use included reducing the symptoms of depression, and it’s possible that this is related to the herb’s purported uses in anxiety related issues.

7. Libido Enhancement: There are countless supposed herbal aphrodisiacs found in nature, and yohimbe might be one of the most well known. The herb is thought to help enhance and increase sexual desire, and is popular amongst those using alternative medicine including both men and women.

8. Diabetes Related Problems: The effects of yohimbe on the sexual systems of men and women are thought to be attributed to improving circulation to the sexual organs. This mechanism of action may be what has led to the thought that the yohimbine found in the bark may positively affect those with other circulation related problems, of which diabetes may be included.

9. Low Blood Pressure: Most of the time, high blood pressure is the extreme that is problematic for people, however sometimes low blood pressure can create problems as well, such as a feeling of rushing sensations to the head. This condition is called orthostatic hypotension, and yohimbe bark tea benefits may include increasing blood pressure to counteract this problem. Research is preliminary on the topic however, and more will be needed to see how the herb may work to increase blood pressure in some individuals.

10. Weight Loss: If there was a single herbal remedy that was proven to cause healthy and measurable weight loss, it would be headline news. Yohimbe bark tea benefits haven’t been proven to include substantial or measurable weight loss; however it has been used in folkloric medicine for this purpose. Since it’s also been used for athletic performance and exhaustion anecdotally, these applications may support the herb’s use in weight loss in terms of energy support or endurance that might contribute to losing weight.