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Since there are different variations of horny goat weed and not all of them are considered safe for all users, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider before taking this herbal supplement. Your dose (and/or your safe use of the supplement) may depend on several factors including your age, gender, and medical conditions.

Scientists backed by a research grant from the Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau and the Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked Research Grant tested the hypothesis by treating 85 late-postmenopausal women with either a placebo or a phytoestrogen supplement extracted from horny goat weed.   In addition, the participants were each given 300 milligrams of calcium per day.

Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens found in horny goat weed and other plants. Because they have the ability to mimic estrogen, some people believe that phytoestrogens benefit postmenopausal women experiencing bone loss as a result of low estrogen levels.

Dosage and Preparation

Cathy Wong is a nutritionist and wellness expert. Her work is regularly featured in media such as First For Women, Woman's World, and Natural Health.

Always check the label of any horny goat weed product you purchase. While Epimedium saggitatum and Epimedium grandiflorum are commonly used in Chinese medicine, the varietal Epimedium koreanum may cause muscles spasm or the loss of muscle coordination for some people.

People who attest to the power of horny goat weed’s benefits use it as a complementary therapy to treat a number of health conditions, both common and serious.   Among them:

Before using horny goat weed to treat any chronic condition, speak with your doctor to ensure that it doesn’t cause any harm or interact with any of the drugs you may be taking (including blood thinners and blood pressure medications).

Side Effects
Excessive use of Epimedium Grandiflorum can cause rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure. Studies conducted on animals have also shown that high doses of Icariin may be toxic to the Kidney.

Folklore
Epimedium Grandiflorum earned the name of Horny White Goat or Horny Goat weed from an ancient Chinese tale. According to Chinese folklore, a sheep’s herder noticed an increase in sexual activity of his goat’s herd after ingesting the weeds.

Herbal use
Epimedium Grandiflorum has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac. The tea made with Horny goat weed leaves is credited to relieve both male and female sexual dysfunction. According to Western medical studies, Horny Goat Weed seems to increase levels of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide helps muscles to relax leading more blood flow to the penis and the clitoris. Horn goat weed also appears to inhibit PDE enzymes similarly to prescription erectile dysfunction drugs. Although many studies have been conducted, there is not enough clinical information to recommend Horny Goat weed for erectile dysfunction.
Horny Goat weed has shown to restore low levels of both testosterone and thyroid hormones, therefore slowing down osteoporosis and bone degeneration. The active ingredient in Epimedium is Icariin, which in studies conducted in 2005 by “Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior” showed that Icariin demonstrated potent antidepressant-like properties. In Traditional Chinese medicine, Horny Goat weed is combined with other herbs to treat symptoms of menopause, asthma, bronchitis, cervical dysplasia, and congestive heart failure. The Chinese Academy of Medical science lists the herb as a leading medicine to control aging and promote longevity.

Epimedium Grandiflorum is also known as Yin Yen Ho, Bishop’s hat or with the common name of Horny Goat Weed. It is a hardy perennial plant with large, delicate, creamy white to dark pink flowers. The flowers have the shape of a bishop’s mitra, hence the name Bishop’s hat.Endemic to China and the Mediterranean, Horny goat weed is one of sixty species belonging to the Berberidaceae family

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