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Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat Weed: Information

Horny goat weed or epimedium (a.k.a. yin yang huo, "yang tonic"), is a small leafy shrub native to China and Japan. Growing wild in mostly high altitude areas, epimedium has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Epimedium is purported to stimulate production of androgens (sex hormones) and suppress the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn is said to help boost sexual function in both men and women.

Horny Goat Weed's Health Benefits

Horny goat weed is prescribed in Chinese medicine to help improve erectile dysfunction in men, and enhance libido in both men and women. Individuals who use horny goat weed report an overall sense of well-being and relief of fatigue. It is also reported to be useful in relieving unpleasant symptoms of menopause, and improving exercise recovery.

Using Horny Goat Weed

General recommended dosage: 250-1000 mg/day in 2-3 divided doses. Horny goat weed (epimedium) is available in capsule and tablet form. It is reported that the most effective Horny goat weed supplements are standardized to contain at least 10% of the flavanoid icarrin (also spelled icariin).