Horny goat weed side effects and benefit, increases sexuality and energy.
Horny goat weed (Epimedium) is a pungent
ornamental herb found in Asia and the Mediterranean. The Chinese call it Yin Yang Huo,
which loosely means "licentious goat plant." Legend has it that the name
horny goat weed came
from a herder who noticed his goats becoming more sexually active after eating the plant.
Supplement companies have adopted the provocative name by which it is known in the U.S.
Horny goat weed was named epimedium because it is similar to a plant
found in the ancient Asian kingdom of Media, now a part of Iran. Epimedium is a genus of
many related plant species and some are used for medicinal purposes, including Epimedium
sagittatum, Epimedium brevicornum, and Epimedium koreanum. Although horny goat
weed has a
history of traditional use for disorders of the kidneys, joints, and liver, its principle
use is as an aphrodisiac and to combat fatigue. For more
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Horny goat weed is one of the most valued tonics of Chinese herbalism. In China it is especially used for supporting healthy sexual activity - thus its name, Horny Goat Weed. Horny Goat Weed 300 mg has epimedium extract (standardized to 20% flavonoids as icariin).
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What do studies say
Very little research has been published in the Western medical literature regarding this plant. Our Chinese study investigated the therapeutic effect of epimedium sagittatum (horny goat weed) on 22 patients with chronic renal failure on hemodialysis. Twelve patients with hemodialysis were served as controls. Horny goat weed had a sex enhancing effect and improved their quality of life.
Mechanism of Action
The exact way that horny goat weed works remains unclear. Animal studies have shown that it may influence levels of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine and reduce cortisol levels. The leaves of ES contain a variety of flavonoids, icariin, sterols and an alkaloid called magnaflorine. Its quite possible horny goat weed influences several aspects of human sexual biochemistry. Icariin is known to help with erectile dysfunction.
I have come across a study
that suggested that icariin was approximately 80 times less effective than PDE5
inhibitors such as Cialis or Viagra. Doing the math this suggests that a 5mg
Cialis tablet would require approximately 400mg of icariin for the effects of
PDE5 inhibition to be approximately similar to eachother. Given that the 300mg
Horny Goat Weed capsules are standardised 20% flavonoids as icariin per pill
this means each capsule has 60mg Icariin, therefore you would require roughly 7
capsules of the 300mg Horny Goat Weed (20% flavonoids as icariin ) to have a
similar effect of 5mg cialis or viagra. Is it safe to take say 5 or 6 capsules
of the 300mg as one dose ?I was thinking of doing so, approximately 1hr before
sexual performance was required.
HGW has many other substances in it than just icariin. Herbs do not work as quickly as the impotence medications. We prefer a slower approach of taking one capsule each morning for a few days. It may not be safe to take so many at one time and it is not likely to work within that short period of time.
Horny Goat Weed side effects
Horny goat weed has side effects in high dosages, including rapid heart beat and insomnia. It should be used cautiously in combination with high doses of yohimbe.
Horny Goat Weed review
Horny goat weed is, in fact, likely to make you horny. Most users will notice a mild to moderate effect on the third or fourth day of use.
Horny Goat Weed
Effects of icariin on cGMP-specific PDE5 and cAMP-specific PDE4 activities.
Xin ZC. The 1st Hospital, Peking University, Xicheng District, Beijing Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2004.
To clarify the mechanism of the therapeutic action of icariin on erectile dysfunction. PDE5 was isolated from the human platelet and PDE4 from the rat liver tissue. The inhibitory effects of icariin on PDE5 and PDE4 activities were investigated. Papaverine served as the control drug. Icariin and papaverine showed dose-dependent inhibitory effects on PDE5 and PDE4 activities. The potencies of selectivity of icariin and papaverine on PDE5 (PDE4/PDE5 of IC(50)) were 167.67 times and 4.54 times, respectively. Icariin is a cGMP-specific PDE5 inhibitor that may be developed into an oral effective agent for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Q. Does horny goat weed work? What about in women?
A. Yes, most people find horny goat weed works for them by increasing sexual urge. Horny goat weed does enhance female libido.
Q. Is GNC horny goat weed better than
other brands? What about Pinnacle horny goat weed?
A. Independent studies have not been done to compare GNC horny goat weed and Pinnacle horny goat weed to other horny goat weed products. For the most part most horny goat weed products provide similar effects.
Q. I'm 18 and for like 2 years now
i've been lacking in long time periods of erection and just been lasting only
for a little most of the time. I used to last over an hour easily and now i'm
lasting 10 minutes, sometimes a bit more but more or less. After taking horny
goat weed for a while, will my body get in order again and won't have to take it
A. It's possible, however it is difficult to predict in any one person which herb will work best.
Q. Is a dose of 500 mg of tribulus or
horny goat weed considered high?
A. Depends on the extract potency. If they are pure herb without being concentrated, then 500 mg is not a high dose. Some herbs are concentrated 2 to 1, 4 to 1, and higher, and in these cases 500 mg could begin to become too high. The herbs from different manufacturers and raw material suppliers may also be different so one has to be familiar with the actual raw material supplier.
Q. I was wondering if the product horny
goat weed interferes with birth control at all. I am on ortho tri cyclin and i
do not want to take anything that would make it less effective.
A. We have not seen any studies that have looked at the interaction of horny goat weed with birth control pills. We doubt a horny goat weed supplement would interfere with birth control pills, but we can't be sure since we are not aware of medical studies combining the herb and the hormone.