Historical Look At Horny Goat Weed
Over the last few years horny goat weed, (a nickname for Epimedium), has become a phenomenon within the United States, but has also enjoyed a rise in popularity in other countries around the world as well. Despite its obvious success questions still remain regarding its efficacy, source, and history.
In this article we will be taking a closer look at the plant’s history inasmuch as it pertains to its usage in treating sexual and erectile dysfunction in men, as well as improving libido in both sexes.
A Brief History Lesson
Commonly known as horny goat weed the plant is called Yin Yan Huo in China. It gets this name from a legend that pertains to a mythical creature called Yin Yan. This creature was said to ingest the plant and then be able to achieve a hundred climaxes a day! Although this is just a legend and is obviously not true, it does serve to indicate the efficacy of this plant as an aphrodisiac.
Chinese folklore tells that the plant was discovered by a goat herder, which is at the very least a more believable story. The story goes that the goat herder happened to notice that his flock of goats enjoyed greater sexual activity when they had eaten the weed. Studies done on animals have indicated that Epimedium or horny goat weed might result in an increase of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide has a relaxing effect on muscles while at the same time improving blood circulation to the sexual organs. According to studies it appears that the weed also inhibits the PDE-5 enzyme in a similar manner to Viagra.
It is a leafy plant that has been used for a very long time as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. It is found naturally in both Asia as well as in the Mediterranean. It grows prolifically, preferring higher altitudes and rocky ground. Rather than being farmed it is harvested naturally, thereby ensuring that it is both clean and free of insecticides and other chemicals. Since only the leaves are utilized, the root remains unscathed in the ground, thereby ensuring that the plant will continue to grow each year.
Who Should Consider Using Horny Goat Weed?
People who prefer to make use of alternative natural medicines, instead of prescription drugs, for the purpose of enhancing libido as well as stamina should give horny goat weed a try. As with any medication, natural or not, it is vital that the manufacturer’s guidelines, as far as dosage is concerned, are adhered to. Also, before you start to take the medicine you should discuss it with a medical professional. Ideally this individual should be familiar with your medical history and your health, so that he or she can advise you on whether you should take it or not.
Traditionally speaking, horny goat weed is taken a number of times throughout the day. The dosage consists of 5 grams simmered in a pint of water for about ten minutes. As with the goats observed by the goat herders of old, the effects of Epimedium in human beings is the same. Libido is enhanced, erectile dysfunction is remedied, testosterone levels increase, etc. Aside from the sexual performance benefits, regular use of horny goat weed is also said to slow down the aging process, according to the CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences).
As it is a natural herb & has been used for such a long time without any side effects - other than increased libido & stamina, the jury is happy to say that not much can go wrong with ingesting this herb.
The really nice thing about this natural libido enhancer is that both men & women can use this herb - without negatively effecting either the male or female hormone profile.