Does Horny Goat Weed Work?

Horny goat weed is claimed to be beneficial for treating numerous conditions, but does it really work? One study suggests that a certain species of this herb may be effective for preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings. There is not enough scientific evidence to confirm the effectiveness of horny goat weed for other uses.

Does Horny Goat Weed Really Work?

As with most dietary supplements, horny goat weed (Epimedium) is claimed to work for a variety of different uses. Most commonly, it is used to enhance sexual function. Does it really work, though? This article will address the effectiveness of horny goat weed for various uses, including the treatment of the following problems:
 

Horny Goat Weed: Scientific Evidence

One study suggests that a specific extract of a certain species of horny goat weed may be effective for preventing bone loss (osteoporosis) in postmenopausal women. In the study, 100 women were given either the horny goat weed extract plus calcium or a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient) plus calcium. The women who took horny goat weed did not lose a significant amount of bone, while the women taking the placebo showed significant bone loss. More studies are necessary to confirm these findings.
 
There is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that horny goat weed really works (or does not work) for other uses.
 
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