Epimedium, also known as Horny Goat Weed has been used as a staple in traditional chinese medicine for over 2000 years. This leafy plant which is a genus of about 52 species in the family known as berberidaceae grows in the wild and mostly at high altitudes. It is still somewhat uncertain through which mechanisms this plant works to help restore passion to one’s life. What research and traditional herbalists agree upon is that the leaves of this plant are quite nourishing and have been used traditionally for their restorative abilities. Some of the constituents that support its nourishing qualities include flavonoids, polysaccharides, sterols and an alkaloid called magnoflorine.
This amazing tonic herb whose history goes back 2000 years has a great name and an equally great story of how it got its name. A goat herder in the high elevations of China began to notice that his goats were behaving more passionately for some strange reason at certain times. After observing his herd for sometime, he noticed that this behavior happened shortly after they were done feeding on a particular patch of plants. This patch was composed of 25 species of plants in the berberidaceae family. Hence the name horny goat weed.
While most traditionally used in chinese medicine as a yang jing tonic which is known to support life essence. Western society has taken quite an interest in this amazing tonic herb. Dr. James Duke, an ethnobotanist, who worked for the department of agriculture for over 40 years insists that this herb does live up to its name. A human clinical study supervised by doctors Steven Lamm and Gerald Secor examined the effects of a formula with horny goat weed as the primary herb. In the study 25 healthy men, and, 13 who used viagra were dosed with this formula for 45 days. They were given additional doses 1-2 hours prior to passionate activity in order to study its overall effects. After 45 days, the double blind portion of the study began. A placebo and active product were given randomly to these healthy men who reported good results from the first phase. The second phase lasted for another 15 days and everyone was evaluated after both phases. The results showed that a consistent use for a minimum of 45 days has a positive effect on 60% of the healthy men and 45% of the ones taking viagra.
While it is well known that the whole is more powerful the the sum of its parts, one of the constituents in this herb called, Icariin, seems to be the primary focus of researchers. They are claiming it may have the ability to support passionate wellbeing. Icariin has been thought to work by supporting smooth muscles tissue relaxation. The reason why this is relevant is that when internal tension of tissues can be relaxed, this will cause the central nervous system to shift from fight/flight into relaxation mode. In other words, it may in fact support the body in adapting to external stressors. While you will find many products on the market with this constituent standardized to a variety of percentages, please keep in mind that the whole herb is always a safer way to nourish your needs.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Horny Goat Weed Leaf Powder may include:
● Traditional chinese herb used as a yang jing tonic
● May support the ability to adapt to external stressors
● May support nervous system health
● May support healthy vigor and passion in one’s life
● May support healthy energy levels
Constituents of Horny Goat Weed herb include:
● Prenylated flavonol glycosides, ikarisoside A, icarisid II, epimedoside A, icariin, epimedin B, yinyanghuo A - E, and epimedokoreanoside.
● Flavonoids: chrysoeriol, quercetin, apigenin, kaempferol, and luteolin.
● Alkaloids: Magnoflorine.
Suggested Use: Mix 1 tablespoon with juice, yogurt, or add to your favorite smoothie.
Mixing suggestions: Use this herb alone or mix in equal parts with maca root and tongkat ali.
Botanical Name: Epimedium grandiflorum.
Other Names: Bishop's hat.
Ingredients: Raw Horny Goat Weed Leaf.
Origin: Grown and harvested in China. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Raw Horny Goat Weed Leaf Powder is USDA Certified Organic and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals, and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Organic Horny Goat Weed Leaf Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Raw Organic Horny Goat Weed Leaf Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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