Even if you don’t well up at weddings and romance movies, you may still find this book powerfully moving. Once again, the Chicken Soup brigade hits the spot; this time with a medley of real-life love stories.

The stories include an excerpt from Christopher Reeve’s autobiography,”Still Me,” describing his struggle with paralysis and his relationship with his wife, Dana. Equally poignant is the love story between the legendary dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn and Roberto Arias, Panama’s former ambassador to the United Nations, who was crippled by assassin’s bullets. While Fonteyn took curtain calls in “Romeo and Juliet,” Arias watched from the wings in a stretcher.

If all this sounds a little too schmaltzy, rest assured that there are sobering snippets here, too. Among them are quotes from the famous. “There is only one serious question … how to make love stay,” comes courtesy of author Tom Robbins. You don’t have to be the sentimental type to enjoy this book, but it might help.

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People should try having sex early in the morning instead of trying to shoehorn lovemaking into the end of a long, trying workday, suggests sex and couples counselor Eleanor Hamilton, 90.

Hamilton, who hung out her shingle in Manhattan in the early ’70s, celebrated her 90thbirthday yesterday by continuing to dispense motherly advice on sex and intimacy through the Pt. Reyes Light, a Marin County, Calif., newspaper which has carried her column since the mid-’80s.

Hamilton sees how harried and busy couples are these days, and knows how tough it is to maintain interest in a fulfilling sexual relationship. “I think you need to focus fully and shut out the rest of the world for good sex,” she says. “You need to literally go someplace, where you know there will be no telephone, and no interruptions.”

Take advantage of hours when your energy level is at its peak, she adds.

“The more appreciative you are of the other person, the better your sex life will be,” says Hamilton. “In the business world, people get torn down all day long; it’s wonderful to come home and have someone that’s there especially for you. My husband used to always bring me breakfast in bed and that was just a delight to me.”

Hamilton feels that a relationship goes dead when people lose their passion for each other. A relationships with no passion leaves both men and women ripe for an affair. “So many people stop listening to each other in relationships and that’s what erodes intimacy.”

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Like a snake, the problem first reared its head in the Garden of Eden. Don’t you imagine there were a few nights when Adam couldn’t get it up with Eve? By what mystical power did he rise to the occasion?

The scenario may have been bleak. Or perhaps he discovered yohimbe, a home grown aphrodisiac that does the trick.

It really works

“I’ve taken yohimbe and I’ve given it to men and it definitely works,” says Ken Rifkin, a Portland, Ore., naturopathic physician and acupuncturist.

Pick your potion, yohimbe or Viagra? Rifkin says you can’t compare the two. Yohimbe comes from the bark of a West Africian tree. It’s been widely used in Europe for the last 75 years and became popular in this country in the last 30. Viagra is the product of the giant pharmaceutical house, Pfizer.

Although both increase blood flow to the penis, Viagra does it by relaxing the muscles that line the arteries of the penis. Yohimbe works by stimulating production of the hormone norepinephrine, essential for erections.

Yohimbe bark combines several compounds, however yohimbine is where it’s strength lies.

The whole herb yohimbe is sold as a dietary supplement, but for best results Rifkin advises, “Look for products that contain yohimbe and yohimbine hydrochloride, which is the main alkaloid.”

People shouldn’t take yohimbe lightly. Side effects include elevated blood pressure and heart rate, irritability, sweating, nausea, vomiting and headaches.

“You can get pretty revved up because much of the yohimbe you buy is mixed with ginseng and caffeine,” Rifkin says. “People taking blood pressure medicine should be especially cautious.”

Unfortunately, yohimbe doesn’t do a thing for women. Rifkin says it works fairly quickly for men. He advises taking it 30 to 60 minutes before having sex.

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