Horny Goat Weed: The Natural Viagra?

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An herbal remedy called “horny goat weed” has been studied by Dr. Mario Dell’Agli and his team at the University of Milan. The herb has long held a reputation in China as a natural aphrodisiac and now it looks like it could be a promising alternative to Viagra for impotent men. Dr. Dell’Agli calls it a “natural Viagra” because the compound targets the phosphodiesterase molecule (PDE-5) and it blocked the erection-inhibiting enzyme as well as Viagra.

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Drugs like Viagra or Cialis or Levitra work by increasing blood flow to the genitals. The Italian researchers studied a number of plants and found that “horny goat weed” produces a compound called icariin, which blocks the enzyme and allows for increased blood flow to the penis. Also known as Epimedium or Yin Yang Huo, horny goat weed holds an important place in traditional Chinese medicine.

Erectile dysfunction affects an estimated 18 million men in the United States alone. The prescription drugs now available are effective, but can have side effects such as visual disturbance and facial flushing. They cannot be taken with certain heart medications. The researchers report that the modified chemical, icarrin, found in “horny goat weed” may be just as potent without the unwanted side effects.

It will take years of study and comparative trials to determine if this “natural Viagra” is as safe or as effective as the pharmaceutical version. Further tests in animals and humans are needed before it can be safely recommended. There have been reports of tachyarrhythmia and hypomania in men who took the herbal compound.

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine Horny Goat weed is used for disorders of the kidneys, liver, joints, impotence and back pain.<br /> It appears to have a testosterone building effect and it stimulates sexual activity in men, it increases sperm production, sexual desire, libido and sensory nerves. So it does appear to have all the right qualities to be an aphrodisiac.<br /> It is also known to alleviate fatigue and remedy adrenal exhaustion and stress. It increases blood flow to the genital area thus enhancing sexual function and awareness. It also lowers blood pressure and nurtures and restores the energy within the kidneys. In women it is known to increase sexual desire.