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This plant comes from the Berberidaceae family and is endemic to China. There are about 50 species of this plant and most of the species exhibit similar characteristics. Horny Goat Weed, the common name of this plant, surely raises some eyebrows and deserves some brief explanation. Legend has it that a Chinese goat herder noticed an unusually high amount of sexual activity from a flock that was grazing on this plant.
The name stuck, but other common names for this plant come from the shape of the flower; Bishop’s Cap and Fairy Wings. This points to the importance of using the latin binomial system of identifying plant material used as medicine since often times there are many common names based on regional preference and use. Using the scientific name makes it very clear which genus and species you have.Horny goat weed is an herb. The leaves are used to make medicine. As many as 15 horny goat weed species are known as "yin yang huo" in Chinese medicine.
People use horny goat weed for sexual performance problems, such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and low sexual desire, as well as weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis), health problems after menopause, and joint pain, but there is limited scientific research to support any of these uses.
How does it work ?
Horny goat weed contains chemicals which might help increase blood flow and improve sexual function. It also contains phytoestrogens, chemicals that act somewhat like the female hormone estrogen. This might reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women.
Possible side effects include:
- It may cause upset stomach and dry mouth. In some, horny goat weed may result in irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, nosebleeds, and mood changes. High doses have been linked to spasms and respiratory failure.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Horny goat weed is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy. There is a concern that it might harm the developing fetus. Avoid using it. Not enough it known about the safety of using horny goat weed during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using.
- Bleeding disorders: Horny goat weed might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bleeding. In theory, taking horny goat weed might make bleeding disorders worse.
- Hormone sensitive cancers and conditions: Horny goat weed acts like estrogen and can increase estrogen levels in some women. Horny goat weed might make estrogen-sensitive conditions, such as breast and uterine cancer, worse.
- Low blood pressure: Horny goat weed might lower blood pressure. In people who already have low blood pressure, using horny goat weed might drop blood pressure too low and increase the risk of fainting.
- Surgery: Horny goat weed might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Stop taking horny goat weed at least 2 weeks before surgery.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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