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A Detailed Note on Horny Goat Weed

 

Epimedium is one among the 63 types of flowering plants which belongs to the family Berberidaceae. It is known by various names like:

  • Barrenwort
  • Bishop’s Hat
  • Fairy Wings
  • Rowdy Lamb Herb
  • Randy Beef Grass
  • Yin Yang Huo
  • Horny Goat Weed

Majority of this type of plants are found in china and a small number of plants are found in Asia and a few in Mediterranean Sea region.

Why is it Called as Horny Goat Weed?

Some legends in china states that this plant was ingested by some goats and the herder observed some changes in the behavior of these goats and then decided that this plant would contain some special properties that are associated with sexual desire. After usage of this plant for about hundred years, the properties of this plan and the usage method was understood in a better way.

Horny Goat Weed

Icariin

One of the most important ingredients of this Horny goat weed plant is Icariin. The concentration of this may determine the potential level of the Epimedium. This icariin is intended to work on relaxing the muscle tissues which are smooth in nature rather than skeletal muscle tissue. On usage of this medicine, the involuntary tension present in the internal tissues is relaxed. If the tensions present in the internal tissues are relaxed, then it is believed that it changes the central nervous system’s behavior from flight or fright mode to the rest mode or restore mode. This could help in changing the behavior of many elements in a body because the body is no longer in stressed condition.

The Habitat of the Horny Goat Weed

This Horny goat weed plant is found all over the southern regions of china. It is also found in regions like Asian countries that are situated near the border of china. It is found in some neighboring European countries too. The Chinese name of this species is Yin Yang Huo and Xian Ling Pi. This plant is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and nowadays it is becoming popular even in western regions and it is also becoming a suitable alternative for various kinds of diseases.

Benefits of Using Epimedium

Horny goat weed is very useful in the treatment of Osteoporosis and also various kinds of sexual diseases. This plant is used for the treatment of various diseases like:

  • Bronchitis
  • Hypertension
  • Polio
  • Coronary Heart Disease

As this plant works effectively on smooth muscles, it works the best on tissues surrounding the heart. It is very useful in visualizing the heart muscles that are under strain and the muscles that are surrounding the heart region. It also helps in relieving fatigue both from body as well as mind. The plant possesses icariin by its nature but it can also be regulated into dosages for horny goat weed with respect to an individual person. However, it is advised that a person ought to consult his or her medical practitioner before using this herb.

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