All You Want To Know About Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium)

Horny Goat Weed was discovered in ancient China when a goat herder discovered that his herd consistently indulged in heavy sexual activity after chewing on the leaves of this leafy, flowering plant.

We do not know if he tried it and experienced the plant’s aphrodisiacal qualities, but one thing we’re sure of is that ever since it was discovered, it has been consumed by humans and has proven its sexual activity-enhancing powers.

It is also referred to as fairy wings, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass or yin yang huo.

 

How Does Horny Goat Weed Work?

So far, there’s no evidence available that the plant’s extract does not work.

The extract contains nutrients and compounds that work by increasing the nitric oxide levels in the body. When nitric oxide levels increase, the smooth muscles in the body are relaxed and this causes an increased flow of blood to the penis or clitoris.

Now, erections are triggered by the flow of blood to the penis and erection endurance depends on how long a man can hold the blood in his penis. Horny Goat Weed causes a rush of blood to the sexual organs and thereby leads to stronger erections. Over a period of time, it helps increase erection stamina.

The extract also contains phytoestrogens that mimic the female hormone estrogen, and therefore it is also found in medicine that prevents bone loss in menopausal women.

There is some evidence that suggests that Horny Goat Weed inhibits the PDE-5 enzyme, which is exactly what Viagra does. This happens because the extract also contains an important flavanoid – icariin.

The extract also modulates and regulates cortisol and thyroid levels. A normal thyroid function is a prerequisite for a normal sex life, and Horny Goat Weed steps in to help normalize sex life yet again.

 

Is Horny Goat Weed Safe?

The answer is yes, so long you stick to the recommended dosage.

However, it is important to know that there are a few plants (all related) that are referred to as Horny Goat Weed. Some of these plants contain phytoestrogens, and their extract is safe if it is taken continuously up to 2 years.

Other types of plants can be unsafe if they are used for a very long period. Long-term use can cause dizziness, dry mouth, thirstiness, bleeding nose and puking.

Overdosing yourself with the extract can cause breathing problems and spasms. One study says that multi-ingredient pills that contain Horny Goat Weed can cause abnormal heart beats; but then these findings have been rubbished because it was not established if the abnormal heart beats were caused by Horny Goat Weed or some other ingredient in the pill.

Pregnant women must not take Horny Goat Weed because it can harm the fetus. Lactating women too should avoid it.

Horny Goat Weed lowers blood pressure and therefore people suffering from the condition must avoid it. People who are impacted by high blood pressure must know that the extract can interact with their regular anti-hypertensive drugs.

The extract can increase the risk of fainting in low blood pressure patients. Anti-blood clotting (anticoagulants) drugs also interact with the herb, which slows down their action – patients must be careful.

 

What Is The Right Dosage?

Horny Goat weed’s dosage depends on the user’s age, medical conditions, and general health. Medical researchers have not yet determined the appropriate dose, but research is son and breakthroughs are expected soon.

Users must understand that all natural products need not necessarily be safe and though Horny Goat Weed is considered safe by healthcare professionals, users who are affected by medical conditions should consult their doctor before taking it in any form.

This is what you should know about Horny Goat Weed.

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