Medicine: Capsules: Dec. 14, 1981


Yohimbine, a chemical derived from the tropical African yohimbe tree, has been touted for years as an aphrodisiac. And for years it has been dismissed by most scientists as a case of wishful thinking. But that opinion may soon need to be revised.

At Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., Urologist Alvaro Morales and a team of researchers have conducted a study of yohimbine's effect on 23 men with impotence related to physical problems, like diabetes. The men were given laboratory-synthesized yohimbine daily for eight to ten weeks. Ten improved, with...

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