Epimedium, Horny Goat Weed, Ying Yang Huo
Horny goat weed has become very popular as an aphrodisiac herb, and it may be beneficial for relieving stress.
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, Epimedium grandiflorum, and Epimedium koreanum. Although epimedium has a history of traditional use for disorders of the kidneys, joints, and liver, its principle use in the United States is as an aphrodisiac and to combat fatigue.
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.
Very little research has been published in the Western medical literature on Epimedium.
Epimedium is a very powerful yang tonic herb. The only drawback to Epimedium is that it is drying. It should be used very carefully by those who are too dry or who are otherwise Yin deficient.
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