What Is Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat Weed, also called Epimedium, comes in 60 or more varieties, with most of the species native to southern China, and some subspecies growing in Europe, and throughout the rest of Asia such as Japan and Korea. Some Epimedium species are used for gardens and landscaping, rather than for medicinal use.

Horny Goat Weed As Natural Medicinal Therapy

This plant is an effective aphrodisiac because it contains an active flavanoid called icariin. According to legend, a Chinese goat herder observed his flock engaging in mating behavior much more than usual after eating the plant. Today, the secret is out about this plant’s amazing properties, and its surging popularity as a health supplement means it is now widely available in raw herb, pill, or tablet form.

Icariin is the main active ingredient in horny goat weed, with various brands varying from 5% up to 60% potency. Anything above 60% potency are generally reserved for lab study and are not available for use by the general public.

Icariin works by increasing levels of nitric oxide in the blood stream, which relaxes the smooth muscles surrounding the blood vessels. This allows more blood to flow through the blood vessels, allowing more blood to fill various tissues, especially penile tissue. Since erections can only occur with sufficient blood flow, this active compound is very beneficial to men suffering from erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Recent studies also indicate that icariin can promote osteoblast activity in bone tissue, a confirmation of the traditional Chinese practice of precsribing this herb to treat osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms in generations of women. Women also benefit from the increase in nitric oxide levels, since increased blood flow to tissue (including bone tissue) is essential for cell maintenance and repair, which can prevent osteoporosis. Bone that maintains and heals itself on schedule is far less likely to experience a loss of bone density, a common problem in today’s older women.

Besides being effective in  treating erectile dysfunction and osteoporosis, icariin has also proven beneficial in ending premature ejaculation and to be a safe and effective libido enhancer.