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How do yohimbe supplements work for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Traditionally, people in western Africa have used the bark of the yohimbe tree as an aphrodisiac and to boost general health as well as athletic performance.

Now you can get yohimbe bark extract as a dietary supplement that you can buy without a prescription. Its promoters claim it can help erectile dysfunction (ED), low sex drive in women, and the unwanted sexual side effects of some antidepressant medicines. But the science around modern claims shows mixed results or not enough research.

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American Cancer Society: "Yohimbe."

European Food Safety Authority. EFSA Journal, July 24, 2013.

MedlinePlus Drugs & Supplements: "Yohimbe bark extract."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Yohimbe."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 6, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Yohimbe."

European Food Safety Authority. EFSA Journal, July 24, 2013.

MedlinePlus Drugs & Supplements: "Yohimbe bark extract."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Yohimbe."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 6, 2020

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