What is Horny Goat Weed?
Epimedium, also known as Rowdy Lamb Herb, Barrenwort, Bishop's Hat, Horny Goat Weed, or Yin Yang Huo (Chinese: 淫羊藿), is a genus of about 60 or more species of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae The large majority are endemic to southern China, with further outposts in Europe, and central, southern and eastern Asia.
Why Do People Use Horny Goat Weed?
Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Dysfunction in Women. According to folklore, horny goat weed's reputed aphrodisiac qualities were discovered when a Chinese goat herder noticed increased sexual activity in his flock after they ingested the weed. Horny Goat Weed has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years, and research has also proven its effects on improving sexual desire and performance.
One of the primary physiological effects of Epimedium is the dilation of blood vessels, allowing hormone-boosted blood to reach sensitive tissues. By expanding the circulatory systems blood vessels, Horny Goat Weed also lowers the blood pressure.
According to Chinese this clears the body from weariness and increases energy level while nervous stimulation is enhanced as the brain is supplied with hormone-enriched blood.
Because of these properties Horny Goat Weed has also been used to treat coronary heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
Although Epimedium has been successfully applied in treatments for disorders of the liver, kidneys, joints, knees and back, it was mainly used as an aphrodisiac in Asian medicine.
Icariin, the active compound in Epimedium, inhibits the activity of PDE-5 allowing enhanced blood circulation in penis tissues. A study found 15 of 20 healthy men responded positively to Horny Goat Weed.
Like many natural herbal aphrodisiacs, Horny Goat Weed has been researched over a long period of time and its benefits have been in use for thousands of years. The mystery of this marvellous herb is still studied by scientists however everybody agrees that Epimedium has no harmful influence only positive impact on human health. It's especially effective in curing male impotence but increases female libido too.