Benefits of Horny Goat Weed

There are many claimed benefits of horny goat weed. The herbal supplement is most commonly used to treat sexual problems (such as impotence) but is also believed to be beneficial for treating heart disease, osteoarthritis, fatigue, and high blood pressure. At this time, it is not known whether there are any benefits for children.

Claimed Horny Goat Weed Benefits

Horny goat weed (Epimedium) is an herbal supplement most often used for sexual enhancement, although some people take it for other purposes as well. Some of the supposed benefits of horny goat weed include the treatment of the following conditions or problems:
 
Much more research is necessary to confirm the benefits of this supplement for any use (see Does Horny Goat Weed Work?).
 

How Does Horny Goat Weed Work?

Horny goat weed probably contains numerous different "active" components. Importantly, it contains flavonoids (plant compounds that may have antioxidant activity) and phytoestrogens (estrogen-like compounds found in plants). One of these phytoestrogens, icariin, is a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor, much like Viagra® (sildenafil) and other similar prescription impotence medications.
 

Benefits of Horny Goat Weed in Children

It is not known if horny goat weed is beneficial for children. Furthermore, children are often more susceptible to the toxicities of drugs and supplements, even natural ones. It is best to consult your child's healthcare provider before giving your child any supplement, including horny goat weed.
 
 
Top Foods to Fight Inflammation

Horny Goat Weed Supplement Information

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2014 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.