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Horny Goat Weed - Does It Live Up to the Hype?

Horny Goat Weed - Does It Live Up to the Hype?


You have probably heard a lot about the Chinese herb known as ‘horny goat weed’, which enjoys the notorious reputation of being ‘nature’s Viagra’. Many far-fetched claims about this plant include bestowing god-like sexual prowess and the libido of Casanova, but what is the truth behind this green perennial herb?

Centuries ago, a Chinese goat herder noticed that his herd of goats became unusually ‘lively’ after grazing in a particular area, and bred much more. After investigation, it was clear the goats had been chowing down on the plant known as Epimedium, or Barrenwort, and it seemed to be responsible for the goat’s randiness. But does this effect translate to humans? How does horny goat weed work? Let’s find out.

  • While the herb has enjoyed recent popularity in the West after the introduction of Viagra, Horny Goat Weed has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine to restore libido, increase energy, boost erectile function, allay fatigue and alleviate menopausal symptoms.
  • The active ingredient in Horny Goat Weed appears to be icariin, which activates an enzyme in the body causing smooth muscle relaxation in blood vessels supplying the penis, resulting in increased blood flow and erection function. This is known as a PDE5 inhibitor and is used in the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil, aka Viagra.
  • While it seems easy to understand how Horny Goat Weed can be effective for men, what about women? As well as encouraging blood flow in the body, Horny Goat Weed also contains phytoestrogens, which can mimic the effects of oestrogen in women who are experiencing menopause. Horny Goat Weed is also thought to boost testosterone, which is often considered as a solely male hormone, but is present in women too, and is linked with both male and female sex drives.
  • As well as increasing libido and promoting blood flow to the sexual organs, Horny Goat Weed also has other potential benefits to health. These include easing painful joints, supporting healthy bones & preventing bone loss (particularly in post-menopausal women), and preventing low energy levels & fatigue. It is thought that the active components of Horny Goat Weed are actually adaptogens – which means they can adapt to whatever the body requires to be healthy and well.
  • There are some potential side effects of Horny Goat Weed that can make it unsuitable for some people – those with heart conditions should avoid taking it as it may cause the heart rate to increase. As with any herbal supplement, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure there aren’t any contraindications with other medications you may be taking.
  • The bottom line? Horny Goat Weed appears to have a number of positive effects on the body, particularly in regard to sexual function and energy levels. It is however worth pointing out that if a person is not aroused, they will not become so after taking Horny Goat Weed – the mind must be willing, after all! Again, as with all forms of herbal medicine, consult with a doctor before taking Horny Goat Weed.

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