Yarsagumba — Way up high in Nepal at about 11,000 feet grows what is becoming known as the Himalayan Viagra! This Nepalese root is so sought after, it is considered the most expensive natural remedy available in the world!
Also known as Cordyceps Sinensis, this mountain fungus was banned from cultivation until the early 1990s, when the Nepalese lifted the ban but imposed a hefty tariff. One kilo of yarsagumba that costs about Rs. 315 (US$ 5/6) in 1992 increased to Rs. 105,000 (US$ 1,435) by the year 2002, and now in 2011, a kilo can be sold for upwards to $10,000. But that hasn’t slowed down demand, and it’s amplified the violence surrounding the harvesting. As if man-made mayhem like that seen in any other drug cartel (except yarsagumba is legal) wasn’t bad enough, an avalanche in June of this year buried and took the lives of three students on a yarsagumba hunt.
Imagine a world where sharing of valuable remedies took precedence over the greed involved in marketing through supply and demand.
Yarsagumba is used for curing respiratory infections, increasing vitality and energy, and is said to improve or cure chronic hepatitis B and improve immune function. Researchers at Stanford found that yarsagumba increased sexual drive and potency – and now a one month’s supply in China is retailing for US $1300!
YOHIMBE – another Y for Yippee! Yohimbine (the active sexual constituent) works by blocking alpha-2 andrenergic receptors and improving the dilation of blood vessels. These two processes are what is necessary to maintain a man’s erection and increase penile blood flow, while also improving a man’s libido.
Yohimbe comes from West Africa where it has been used for centuries to cure male impotence. The FDA has approved yohimbe bark in the US and it can now be purchased over the counter in tablet form! Yippee!