Horney goat weed seeds

Horny Goat Weed Medicine Epimedium macranthum

Horny goat weed (Epimedium) is a pungent ornamental herb found in Asia and the Mediterranean. The chinese call it Yin Yang Huo, which loosely means “licentious goat plant.” Legend has it that the name horny goat weed came from a herder who noticed his goats becoming more sexually active after eating the plant. Supplement companies have adopted the provocative name by which it is known in the U.S. Horny goat weed was named epimedium because it is similar to a plant found in the ancient Asian kingdom of Media, now a part of Iran. Epimedium is a genus of many related plant species and some are used for medicinal purposes, including Epimedium sagittatum, Epimedium brevicornum, and Epimedium koreanum. Although horny goat weed has a history of traditional use for disorders of the kidneys, joints, and liver, its principle use is as an aphrodisiac and to combat fatigue.

Other names: Epimedium, Yin Yan Huo

Horny goat weed is a leafy plant that is native to Asia and the Mediterranean region.

Horny goat weed has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine .

Why Do People Use Horny Goat Weed?: Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Animal studies indicate that horny goat weed may work by increasing nitric oxide levels, which relaxes smooth muscle and lets more blood flow to the penis or clitoris.

Horny goat weed also appears to act by inhibiting the PDE-5 enzyme.

Some evidence suggests horny goat weed may modulate levels of the hormones cortisol, testosterone, and thyroid hormone, bringing low levels back to normal.

Menopause
A study tested the estrogenic activity of 32 herbs used for menopause. Epimedium brevicornum, was one of the highest estrogenic activity.

Safety
There isn’t enough information on horny goat weed to safely recommend it for erectile dysfunction or menopause.

In one study, epimedium koreanum was found to cause significant inhibition of the cholinesterase enzyme. This can theoretically increase the risk of loss of muscle co-ordination and jerky movements due to acetylcholine buildup in muscles.

Drug Interactions
No drug interactions have been reported.

Chen KK and Chiu JH. Effect of Epimedium brevicornum Maxim extract on elicitation of penile erection in the rat. Urology. 67.3 (2006):631-5.

Oh MH et al. Screening of Korean herbal medicines used to improve cognitive function for anti-cholinesterase activity. Phytomedicine. 11.6 (2004):544-8.

Zhang CZ et al. In vitro estrogenic activities of Chinese medicinal plants traditionally used for the management of menopausal symptoms. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 98.3 (2005):295-300.

Horny Goat Weed Benefits

Behind its comical name, Horny Goat Weed stands as a time tested aphrodisiac that increases libido and improves erectile function. This is thought to be due, in part, to the flavonoid “icariin”, which is also responsible for the best known health benefits associated with this herb.

Firstly, icariin has been found to have the ability to boost the successful transmission of Nitric Oxide, the primary chemical transmitter for the successful and ample delivery of blood to the penis tissue. Secondly it increases the natural circulation of free form testosterone around the body, not only boosting libido – testosterone is crucial to the health of the prostate and plays a dominant role in the production of healthy sperm.

Female Sexual Health

With the increased blood circulation improving blood flow to the genital area of women too, this herb is excellent for stimulating female libido and decreasing sexual dysfunction. Whilst improved blood flow is a key element in sexual desire, Horny Goat Weed also provides alkaloids and plant sterols that have similar actions to testosterone. Although considered a male hormone, testosterone is produced by both men and women and plays an important role in human sexuality.

Menopause

Several studies have found that the active constituents of Horny Goat Weed balance oestrogen and estradiol levels in women. Icariin is one of these prenylflavonoid compounds which acts as a natural phytoestrogen, associated with decreased symptoms of menopause, including low libido and vaginal dryness.

Bone Health

It seems that icariin is the wonder molecule responsible for many of this plant’s health benefits. Research done by the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Tokyo found that Horny Goat Weed has positive effects on restoring bone density, with findings from animal studies showing that icariin is a strong candidate for an osteogenic compound for use in bone tissue engineering. The researchers observed significant new bone formation in rats treated with icariin after 4 weeks, with further increases after 6 weeks.

Another study by the Institute of Orthopaedics Centre of Lanzhou General Hospital in China reported similar results. They found evidence that icariin can prevent osteoporosis by increasing bone density and bone formation, decreasing bone resorption and improving the microstructure of bone.

TOPIC: Looking to obtain some “horney goat weed” seed

Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27727

Hey folks, anyone know where I can get some seed or rootlets of ‘Horney Goat Weed?” I would like to get some and start growing a small patch of it.

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27729

The post that you made had me wondering if I had seen this herb before and I “goggled it up”. While I don’t think the plant that I have growing in my woodlots at my house are the one you have in mind I do think some of the outward looks of the plants are similar. While folks are reading your post maybe I can get an identification of the one that I have so many of just outside my windows. I have wondered about this plant for several years and I have looked at many pictures of woodland plants, to no avail. Maybe someone can help with putting a name on the board for this beautiful little companion plant to ginseng.

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27730

I took the original pictures of ginseng plants that were emerging and they are in the middle of the pictures. The companion plants are on the outsides of the frame in both shots. I hope someone can help.

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27731

Those could be Sessile Bellworts, or “Wild Oats” to some.

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27732

Good day to you Cguerette,
Thank you for the quick identification. This is one of the most abundant plants that I have growing with my ginseng and it fits nicely to help shade and not out compete the plantings that I have made.

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27734

Sure. I’m brand new to this site but have already learned a lot about Ginseng and woodland plants just from reading through old posts. This website has been a great resource so I’m glad if I can contribute. My interest is mainly in learning about wild-simulated Ginseng and I’m looking forward to continue learning by reading here.

I don’t see “Wild Oats” very often myself where I hike in Vermont and New Hampshire but I’m sure it’s around. I learned about Wild Oats/Sessile Bellwort from a neat book called “Wild edible plants of Maine” by Tom Seymour.

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27737

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Re:Looking to obtain some “horney goat weed” seed 8 years 2 months ago #27754

Welcome to this forum – cguerette!

I’m still looking for seeds or rootstock for Horney Goat weed. anyone know of someone that has any?

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Re:Looking to obtain some “horney goat weed” seed 8 years 2 months ago #27756

Whitjr,
I can’t tell you of anyone who grows this plant in our community, but here is a link that is to a commercial seller and there is a lot of information about the plants as well as a huge selection of different varieties. When you look through his selection you will see why I thought there were some similarities between the Horny Goat Weed plants and the plants that I have growing at my house. Epimedium is the name given to the Goatweed plant and if you Google it up there is a picture that looks almost identical to the Sessile Bellwort plant in the pictures that I posted. Good luck.
Hugh

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Re:Looking to obtain some "horney goat weed" seed 8 years 2 months ago #27770

Hey Frank- Thanks for posting this source. That nursery is only about an hour away from me. I just sent them an email about it.