Horny goat weed

Horny goat weed helps facilitate muscle relaxation, healthy erectile function, and stroke prevention.

English Name: Horny goat weed

Latin Name: Epimedium grandiflorum

Type: Herbal

What is Horny goat weed?

Horny goat weed is native to China, Japan, and North Korea.66 The plant, also known as Epimedium grandiflorum, can grow up to eighteen inches tall and displays purple flowers that have a soft texture.67,68

Horny goat weed is used in traditional Chinese medicine and got its name from farmers who observed goats showing sexual behavior after eating it.69,70 The herb is also called yin yang huo.71

Medicinal Uses of Horny goat weed

Scientists have learned from studying animals that horny goat weed can stimulate the release of nitric oxide in the penis, facilitating the type of muscular relaxation needed for erections. 72

Scientists have also isolated the compound, icariin (ICA), from horny goat weed and determined that ICA may be beneficial for erectile function.73 There’s also evidence from an animal study that icariin can protect nerve cells from the effects of a stroke.74

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