Horny Goat Weed Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Epimedium sagittatum

Also Known As

Barrenwort, Herba Epimedii, Horny Goat Weed, Japanese Epimedium, Xian Ling Pi, Yin Yang Huo

Origin

Western, and Eastern Asia and the Mediterranean

Parts Used

Leaves

Traditional Use and Health Benefits
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Horny Goat weed is used for disorders of the kidneys, liver, joints, impotence and back pain.
It appears to have a testosterone building effect and it stimulates sexual activity in men, it increases sperm production, sexual desire, libido and sensory nerves. So it does appear to have all the right qualities to be an aphrodisiac.
It is also known to alleviate fatigue and remedy adrenal exhaustion and stress. It increases blood flow to the genital area thus enhancing sexual function and awareness. It also lowers blood pressure and nurtures and restores the energy within the kidneys. In women it is known to increase sexual desire.
 

Typical Use
Horny Goat Weed Herbal tincture Take 3ml -10ml per day, Spread over the day   Horny Goat Weed Cut Leaf Herb 1-2 desertspoons per cup of hot water up to 3 or 4 times a day. Taken as Tea Or as recommended by a herbal practitioner.
Folklore and History

The Chinese refer to the herb as Yin yang huo, which means "licentious goat plant." The use of Epimedium as a medicinal herb dates back thousands of years. Epimedium is one of the most valued ingredients in their tonics. Epimedium first recorded use dates back to the ancient text, Shen Non Ben Cao Jing (ca. 200 B.C..-100 A.D.) were it was used as a warming herb that improved male fertility. The herb received its more common name, horny goat weed, when goats grazing on the herb were observed to have significantly increased sexual drive.

Horny Goat Weed
Constituents

Flavanoids, icariin, lignans, Fats, saponins, and essential oil, with trace amounts of epimedins, epimedosides, icariin, magnflorin, and quercetin.