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Horny Goat Weed/ Epimedium Extract

Product name: Horny Goat Weed Extract/ Epimedium Extract
Active Ingredients: Icariin, Icariins
Specification: Icariin 10%  
Appearance: Brown yellow powder
Part used: Leaf
Test method: HPLC
Usage: Raw material for pharmaceuticals and health care products
Functions: Can help invigorate kidney and strengthen yang; has the anti-aging and anti-cancer effects

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What Is Horny Goat Weed?
Horny goat weed, also known as Epimedium, yin yang huo, or herbal “Viagra,” is a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The main studies on horny goat weed were conducted in vitro (in test tubes) or in animal studies. Erectile dysfunction and bone disorders are the two most commonly studied conditions.
Other potential health benefits (limited to animal and/or test tube studies) of horny goat weed or its main components (natural chemical compound) include the following:
Osteoarthritis
Asthma
Premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
Cardiovascular disease
Alzheimer’s disease
Depression
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple sclerosis



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Horny Goat Weed and Erectile Dysfunction

Human clinical studies are lacking, but preliminary evidence suggests icariin, a chemical compound in horny goat weed, inhibits a protein linked with erectile dysfunction called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5).

Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, such as horny goat weed and Viagra, widen the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the penis needed for an erection. Erectile dysfunction occurs when there is not enough blood flowing to the penis.

A systematic review noted that horny goat weed was one of the most common ingredients in testosteroneand erectile dysfunction supplements.

Further human studies are needed to determine the efficacy of horny goat weed for erectile dysfunction.


Horny Goat Weed Uses for Women

Some people believe that horny goat weed can also improve sexual function in women. The supplement is sometimes also used to treat health problems after menopause, such as high cholesterol and low estrogen.
Horny goat weed should not be used in people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Other Horny Goat Weed Uses

There is limited evidence that horny goat weed may help reduce bone loss. A study in postmenopausal individuals showed horny goat weed extract increased the activity of bone-forming cells and decreased bone breakdown. The study was limited because it was unclear if changes in biomarkers would translate to clinical efficacy.

The bone-protective effect of icariin, the main active component in horny goat weed, is due to its estrogenic activity based on animal models.

Furthermore, another clinical trial showed icariin prevented bone loss compared to a placebo. Both groups were also given 300 milligrams (mg) of elemental calcium daily. Since the treatment group consisted of icariin and other sources of phytoestrogens, the effect of icariin alone on osteoporosis was unclear.


Who Shouldn’t Take Horny Goat Weed?

Certain people should not take horny goat weed including:
● People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
● People with bleeding disorders (horny goat weed might slow blood clotting and thus make bleeding disorders worse; since horny goat weed can slow blood clotting, avoid using it before surgery)
● Individuals with heart disease (horny goat weed may cause rapid, irregular heartbeat)
● People with hormone-sensitive cancers and conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, and endometriosis(horny goat weed acts like estrogen and can increase estrogen levels)


Summary

Horny goat weed is an herbal supplement that some people use as a "natural Viagra" to treat erectile dysfunction. Some studies suggest it has other positive effects, especially on bone health. However, more rigorous human clinical studies are needed to clarify the health benefits of horny goat weed.
Caution should be taken if you have certain medical conditions or take certain medications. Consult your healthcare provider to determine if a horny goat weed supplement is right for you.