Horny Goat Weed Popular ED Treatment

Horny goat weed has become hugely popular as a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction because it contains a compound (called Icariin) which acts in a very similar way to Viagra and other ED drugs, by blocking an enzyme (PDE5) which prevents men having an erection.
 
chinese medicine - Yin Yang - horny goat weedThe US  Board of Patent Appeals rescinded Pfizer’s broad patent of Viagra as the first PDE5 treatment for erectile dysfunction after it accepted Chinese medicine had historically used oral administration of horny goat weed (Yin Yang Huo) as a treatment for erectile dysfunction prior to Viagra.
 
Viagra was a bit of a Johnny come lately in the PDE 5 stakes. Horny goat weed has been used in Chinese medicine since 200 BC (2000 years) and was known to 16th century Elizabethan gentlemen in need of a sexual boost.

Horny Goat Weed for Sexual Health

Horny goat weed will – as the name suggests – make you horny, and most people notice a mild to moderate effect on the third or fourth day of use.
 
Like all herbal remedies, horny goat weed contains many other active ingredients so it works in multiple ways to enhance sexual health and increase sex drive.

Animal studies indicate that horny goat weed may work by:

  • increasing nitric oxide levels, which relaxes smooth muscle and allows more blood flow to the penis or clitoris.


According to Livestrong.com, the Mayo Clinic notes that horny goat weed:

  • may improve low testosteronemoderate cortisol and boost low thyroid hormone levels.

 
The scientific support for horny goat weed as an effective erectile dysfunction treatment is backed by work by M.N. Markova published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology which showed:

king of herbal sexual enhancers - horny goat weedAnd according to renowned medicinal plant researcher Chris Kilham, horny goat weed is “the reigning king of herbal sexual enhancers” in China, with

  • widespread use in clinical practice to treat erectile dysfunction.

Horny Goat Weed Slows Aging

But horny goat weed is not just a dynamo on the sexual health front.  For female health, its effectiveness in balancing reproductive hormones makes horny goat weed widely used as woman’s herbal remedy for:

  • PMS
  • menopause
  • and osteoporosis

This versatile plant has many other benefits beyond boosting sexual health, including suggestions regular use of horny goat weed:

  • slows the aging process and improves overall quality of life.

Horny goat weed’s primary use may be as an aphrodisiac and to combat fatigue, but it is also traditionally used for the treatment of disorders of the kidneys, joints and liver.
In traditional medicine horny goat weed also:

  • Alleviates osteoarthritis
  • Supports heart health
  • Protects from some cancers
  • Improves memory and energy

What is Horny Goat Weed?

Horny goat weed is a pungent ornamental herb found in Asia and the Mediterranean. The Chinese name of Yin Yang Huo means “licentious goat plant” and legend has it the name came from a goat herder noticed his flock became more sexually active after grazing on the wild plant.

Horny goat weed belongs to the epimedium botanical genus and many of the related epimedium species are used for medicinal purposes.

PDE5 inhibitors occur naturally in a wide range of plants, including coffee, chocolate and guarana, but unlike horny goat weed they are usually not in strong enough concentrations to give a noticeable sexual buzz.

In the last few years pharmaceutical industry interests in some countries – notably New Zealand for one – have tried to get naturally occurring PDE 5 inhibitors classified as “medicines” in an effort to stop herbal companies from selling horny goat weed.
chocolate a drug? - horny goat weed
The bid was ultimately unsuccessful perhaps because it was patently unfair – how to justify the sale of coffee and chocolate and energy drinks containing guarana but not dietary capsules containing the same ingredient was a small problem – as well as unfounded, as there is no evidence that horny goat weed is unsafe.

Horny Goat Weed in Herbal Ignite

Horny goat weed is included in Herbal Ignite, the popular herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction, which has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in Australia and New Zealand for more than a decade to enhance sexual function.