Yohimbine – aphrodisiac and fat burner?

When you look at training supplements, some of the pre-workout preparations or fat burners may come across a component called yohimbine. What action is behind this mysterious name? What should supplementation with this compound look like? Is he safe? We have tried to answer these questions in the following text.

  1. Yohimbine – description, action
  2. How to use yohimbine?
  3. Effects and side effects of johimbin supplementation


  1. Yohimbine – description, action

Under the name yohimbine, there is an alkaloid originating from the bark of an African tree and Asian shrubs of the Vipera rauwolfia. Due to its strong stimulant action, folk medicine perceives this relationship as an aphrodisiac used to stimulate libido.

The basic tasks of yohimbine include increasing the adrenaline concentration in the body and stimulating fat metabolism to thermogenic processes. Research proves the high efficiency of this supplement in weight loss.

In the case of men, it is used in fat reduction from the abdominal region, and in the women’s buttocks and thighs. Other uses of yohimbine in medicine include the treatment of depression and impotence among men.


  1. How to use yohimbine?

The best effectiveness of yohimbine use is on fasting because of its inhibition by food. Researches proves that a dose of 0.2 mg per 1 kg of body weight produced positive results in the process of controlling fat. At the same time, it has not been demonstrated that the aforementioned dose would cause significant changes among circulatory parameters such as blood pressure or the number of heart beats.

Currently, the following doses are taken during supplementation

– 14 mg for 70 kg of body weight,

– 18 mg for 90 kg of body weight,

– 22 mg for 110 kg body weight.

However, yohimbine is strongly discouraged – it is forbidden in Poland and supplements containing it are not allowed to be marketed.

The use of the preparation may lead to the appearance of anxiety, hallucination or tremor and muscle stiffness. What’s more, people who have problems with the heart, thyroid or hypertension should give up supplementation with this product.


  1. Effects and side effects of johimbin supplementation

The use of yohimbine is very dangerous and carries a number of unexpected and dangerous complications and side effects.