Horny Goat Weed and Testosterone

Horny goat weed is known by many names.  Believe it or not, scientists don’t actually call it horny goat weed, but rather epimedium.  Other names are  rowdy lamb herb or yin yang huo in Chinese. It is a flowering plant found mostly in Southern China, Southern and Eastern Asia and in Europe. This plant is popular for its aphrodisiac effect. Now, we’re talking business.  But will it actually increase your testosterone levels?

Horny Goat Weed and Testosterone

Looks like it will!  According to this study by some Chinese scholars in 2003, Horny Goat weed has both androgenic and anti-estrogenic properties.  That’s one hell of a double-whammy.  You can have very high testosterone levels but if your estrogen levels are equally disproportionately high, it will negate the positive impact all that testosterone was supposed to have.

In this cruel study, rats were injected with a chemical to damage their genitals and gonads.  Ouch.  The control group was left alone and one of the experimental groups was exposed to icariin, an extract of epimedium.  There was also a 3rd experimental group being injected with testosterone but who cares?  That’s like totally not fair and they’re disqualified.  The rats treated with icariin had higher levels of testosterone circulating in their blood, and better restoration of sexual function.

There is definitely a shortage of studies on this, but it really looks like horny goat weed/epimedium/icariin is worth taking to increase testosterone levels and potentially decrease estrogen.  It’s officially getting my thumbs up and I am going to add it to my testosterone challenge supplements regimen.

This NOW Brand Horny Goat Weed is the one I use.

 

Will Horny Goat Weed Really Make You Horny?

In Chinese traditional medicine, epimedium is widely used as a sexual stimulant. Legend has it that a goat herder in China observed his goats setting up mood lighting and popping Barry White records after eating epimedium. These goats indeed got horny, hence the name.

Horny goat weed is named as such because it has properties similar to other PDE5 antagonists such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Antagonists to PDE5 cause an increased blood flow to the penis during sexual activity by increasing nitric oxide upon stimulation. Nitric oxide relaxes the smooth muscles of penile tissue giving men an instant hard-on. This was evident in the study performed in a rabbit’s corpus cavernosum. Strips of this tissue were immersed in organ baths with extracts of Epimedium brevicornum Maxim (EbM). It instantly relaxed the smooth muscles in the corpus cavernosum.  Erection inducing indeed, and fairly useful to men with ED I might add.

A doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Shanghai, China, Dr. Diao Yuan Kuang, confirmed horny goat weed as an effective sex enhancer.  Decades of practice have proven this herb as an effective sexual tonic for both men and women.

Epimedium Benefits

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a really dangerous cardiovascular disease characterized by hardened arteries. Plaque develops in hardened arteries and blocks vital blood blow. Since horny goat weed has a vasodialating effect, which essentially means it increases blood flow, it might help in Atherosclerosis. It is also useful in recovering from stroke. A certain study on the angiogenesis of Chinese herbal medicines proved that horny goat weed has properties that demonstrate its strong angiogenic activity.

Osteoporosis

A study confirmed that flavonoid extract from epimedium given orally to rats can enhance the development of osteoblasts, a cell necessary for bone formation. This finding showed the possibility of using horny goat weed to prevent osteoporosis.

Antitumor

An extract of horny goat weed, icariin, was found to have an anti tumor effect. This study observed leukemic cells after induction of icariin. After treatment, it showed differentiation of cells and exhibited great potential as an antitumor property. This other study also showed promising results in inhibiting tumor growth.

Weight Loss

The same horny goat weed extract was used in a mixture utilized in the study to prove its effect on weight loss. It was proven effective in this study along with other medicines.

Horny Goat Weed Side Effects

With its manipulation on nitric oxide levels, horny goat weed extracts can be dangerous to your blood vessels causing an increase risk in cardiovascular problems. In long term use, your blood vessels will get accustomed to its vasodilating effects in turn causing low blood pressure.  I don’t know exactly how much horny goat weed you need to take for this to become an issue, so definitely see your doctor.

There have been reports of  tachyarrhythmia and hypomania but no sufficient scientific evidence supports this claim.

Availability

Horny goat weed is sold as a health supplement in the form of a raw herb, capsule, tablet, powder or in a mixture of other supplements. Various brands have different potencies ranging from 5 to 60% of active ingredient. The required dosage to achieve pleasing results still remains undetermined especially since this supplement is not yet regulated by the FDA.  However, according to Dr. John B. Bassett a typical dose of 250 to 1000 mg of horny goat weed daily can give you a satisfying effect.

A.D.D. Version of this post

  • Horny Goat Weed is an ancient Chinese libido booster
  • Alternative Names: Epimedium, Icariin (Epimedium Extract)
  • Strong reason to believe it can boost testosterone and lower estrogen
  • Will definitely make you horny
  • Will expand your blood vessels and increase nitric oxide
  • Might help vs. osteoperosis
  • Might help vs. certain cancers
  • Might help prevent you from becoming a fat goat
  • Has some possible side-effects, check with doc
  • Available in extract from up to 60%
  • Here is the one I use: http://www.amazon.com/Horny-Goat-Extract-Tablets-Foods/dp/B009K6Y448

 

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