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Horny Goat Weed

 –  Horny Goat Weed, also known as epimedium has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat fatigue, back pain, low libido and erectile dysfunction. Epimedium is believed to strengthen kidney yang, eliminate dampness and dispel wind in this culture.
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Horny Goat Weed grows from an underground stem or rhizome. Its flowers have four petals and grow in shades of pink, purple, yellow and white. The distinctive bell-like shape of its flowers gives epimedium one of its popular names: bishop’s hat. The species was native to China, but has been cultivated across the globe because of its popularity as a natural supplement. Because of its ability to address sexual dysfunction, this herb has gained the humorous name of horny goat weed.

What is Horny Goat Weed Used For?



Horny goat weed has traditionally been regarded as an aphrodisiac that has the ability to address erectile dysfunction. There were scientific studies published in 2007 and 2008 to support the use of horny goat weed to address erectile dysfunction. It is thought that icariin which is a chemical found in horny goat weed, blocks the effects of an enzyme which would otherwise restrict blood flow to the penis. Icariin is also thought to increase levels of nitric oxide, which acts as a vasodilator encouraging increased blood flow to the penis. However, there is still insufficient evidence to support its use for this condition.

Does Horny Goat Weed Work?



Horny goat weed is also used as an aphrodisiac in women and men without erectile dysfunction. The flavonoids in horny goat weed are thought to increase the sensitivity of nerve endings, particularly in the genital area. It may also trigger the release of testosterone, a hormone that plays a large part in sexual arousal for both men and women. There is a lack of clinical data that suggests such a benefit.

One of the traditional uses for horny goat weed was to reduce fatigue and give a temporary energy boost to individuals. It is thought that horny goat weed achieves this by temporarily increasing the metabolic rate but more research is needed to evaluate this claim.

Horny Goat Weed For Bones



There have been a number of laboratory studies that indicate that horny goat weed may have a beneficial effect on bone density. It appears that icariin can stimulate osteoblast activity in bone tissue. A laboratory study carried out at The Chinese University of Hong Kong suggests that the flavonoids in horny goat weed may also optimize the blood supply to the bone by inhibiting the causes of blood clots and fat deposits. The effect of horny goat weed on bone health remains the subject of further study.

You should always consult with your health care professional before using horny goat weed because there is a potential for a potent effect on the body, This is particularly important if you are taking any form of medication as this supplement can interact with some prescribed medication, including antidepressants, blood thinners, aspirin and birth control pills.

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