Yohimbe is a natural herbal supplement that is strongly associated with anti-aging effects. Yohimbe has a long history of use in Western Africa, and is still widely used there today, to treat a variety of sexual disorders, including low libido and erectile dysfunction.
Medically, yohimbine is a pre-synaptic alpha-2-adrenergic blocking agent, which is capable of increasing sympathetic nervous system activity, thus resulting in increased amounts of epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine in the blood stream.
The main effects epinephrine and norepinephrine have on the body include increasing blood pressure and heart rate. Yohimbe is also often used for weight loss, although the evidence supporting this claim is inconclusive.
Moringa oleifera is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years.
It is very rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds.
So far, scientists have only investigated a fraction of the many reputed health benefits.
Here are 6 health benefits of Moringa oleifera that are supported by scientific research.
There are numerous medicinal uses for different parts of the Voacanga africana plant. The latex or infusions of the stem bark, leaves or roots are put on wounds, boils and sores, and used to treat gonorrhoea, eczema, fungal infections and scabies. They are also taken to treat heart problems, hypertension and rheumatic afflictions. The latex is put in teeth to treat caries or dripped in the eye to cure ophthalmia; it’s also combined with rubber and made into balls and other toys for children. In Senegal a leaf decoction is drunk as a tonic and against fatigue, and in CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire it is applied as a wash against diarrhoea.
Seed extracts are used by French and German pharmaceutical manufacturers in medicines for geriatric use, for treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. There has been a steady trade in seeds since the 1980s, with several hundred tonnes of seeds exported to these customers from CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, DR Congo and Congo.
The fruit is considered edible and a root decoction is drunk three times daily to treat post-partum pains and hernia. The wood has its uses too: for arrows and sheaths, musical instruments and its fibres are strong enough to make rope.
A traditional African use of the voacanga seeds is to produce visions – when ingested, voacanga africana causes a mild to strong stimulation lasting several hours, and higher doses are said to have a strong hallucinogenic effect. The root bark is used as a hunting drug and stimulant. Itâ€™s also reported to be a potent aphrodisiac.
Iboga is a shrub. It is used for ritual and ceremonial purposes in some African cultures. The root bark of the plant is also used as medicine. Ibogaine is a chemical in iboga which is illegal in the United States.
People take iboga for fever, influenza (the flu), swine flu, high blood pressure, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and nerve disorders. They also take it for preventing fatigue and drowsiness, for increasing sex drive, for fighting substance abuse and addictions, and as a general tonic.
A calculated initial dose to treat patients could be approximated at 0.87mg/kg body weight, substantially lower than those presently being administered to treat drug users. Morbidities and mortalities will continue to occur unless practitioners reconsider doses being administered to their susceptible patients.