Can Horny Goat Weed live up to its name?

Mention its name and you will most probably get anybody’s attention even the most prudent individual within hearing distance. This is the powerful name recall possessed by the horny goat weed. But can it live up to its name or is the name just like its so-called powers merely a fluke?

If this is your first time to hear about the horny goat weed then do not worry because you have heard it right and it is not a green joke being hurled at you. The horny goat weed with scientific name Epimedium also goes by the name Bishop’s Hat, Ying Yang Huo, Fairy Wings and Barrenwort.

This herb is one of the most popular herbal supplements being used today by those who have sexual problems related to erectile dysfunction and by those who just want to increase their libido and overall sexual health. This herb was discovered two thousand years ago by a feeder who noticed that his herd exhibited increased sexual activity after being fed with the herb.

Since then, it has been used in Chinese medicine as a sexual aphrodisiac and is now becoming popular even in the Western World specifically for that purpose. Studies show that the herb works by increasing the nitric oxide level in the blood which results to an increased flow of blood to the genitals thus causing an erection. The same principle is also behind the success of commercial erectile dysfunction drugs being sold in the market today.

Epimedium or horny goat weed contains icariin, the same active compound found in Viagra. The compound works by limiting the activity of PDE-5 thus increasing the circulation of blood to the penis. Despite these results, the medical world is still sceptical about the efficacy of the herb in improving sexual functions related to penile erection.

However, most people who have taken the horny goat weed swear by its efficacy. The fact that the horny goat weed has made things a little better for those suffering from sexual problems is enough proof that this herb can indeed live up to its name.