What is Epimedium?
Epimedium is a genus of flowering plants found mainly in Asia, and out of the hundreds of species of it, Epimedium Grandiflorum is the one that is used as a dietary supplement. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine have been using this leafy green herb for over 2,000 years. In western countries, it is commonly referred to as Horny Goat Weed, the origination of this funny name comes from folklore that a goat herder noticed very strong sexual appetites of his goats after grazing on this herb. The main part of the plant used for medicinal purposes and dietary supplements are the leaves. Popularity of this herb has risen recently in western cultures for its benefits in sexual health and fertility in both men and women, hence its aphrodisiac qualities. However, even with reports to support this, it is worth mentioning that it is only an outcome of the many regular health benefits that come from Epimedium and also go beyond sexual health and used to treat certain illnesses and ailments. Epimedium’s wide range of health benefits is in part due to the many active chemical compounds of its biochemical makeup.
Health Benefits of Epimedium
Support to Immune System
Like many of the herbs we highlight in our blog, Epimedium has been found to support the immune system by stimulating your thymus, the organ that’s responsible for producing T-Cell. The herb also helps your immune system by aiding in the removal of pathogens, dead tissue cells and other wastes. Your immune system is made up of many different types of cells that need to communicate with each other to tackle its foes efficiently, and Epimedium aids in the response times of different cells.
Supports Muscle and Bone Health
Studies suggest that horny goat weed may assist in the prevention of osteoporosis symptoms by restoring bone density, primarily in post-menopausal women.
Supports Women’s Health
Hormonal imbalances can lead to several health issues that can have both mental and physical symptoms, ranging from infertility to bone loss. This is mostly related to menopause in women, but women who are not menopausal can still suffer from hormonal imbalances due to stress, poor diet or exercise. Although there is no way of preventing menopause itself, Epimedium has been shown to relieve the symptoms caused by this hormone imbalance by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing estrogen and testosterone levels.
Supports Men’s Health
Horny goat weed is known to increase testosterone levels, which can lead to several health benefits, as low levels of this hormone can lead to loss of muscle mass, decreased energy, higher risk of diabetes, heart disease depression, and of course a lack of sexual functionality.
Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory
Although further research is suggested, current studies have found that Epimedium might have the ability to help prevent a number of diseases and ailments caused by inflammation and/or viruses. It is believed to do so due to the antioxidants found in it, which are also found in other fruits and vegetables that have been found to have the same effect.
How to take Epimedium
You might have heard of this amazing herb before but were turned off by its name, or reputation, but I hope this article gave you enough information to consider adding it to your diet or supplement regime. It does so much more than just what western culture advertises it to and it’s worth mentioning it to your friends and family for their overall health and can be added to one’s diet in a quite a few ways.
Herbal supplements are always an easy way to go about getting the benefits from herbs. You can find supplements for Epimedium individually, or you can find it in an herbal supplement with a blend of others for a primary goal such as our Female… fertility™.
You can always make tea yourself with the dried leaves, or you can find teas at many common stores like Walmart, or Target.
Epimedium can also be found in a powder form, you can then add it to any dish, drink or smoothie you’d like.
Epimedium Extract can also commonly be found online or in vitamin stores and taken using a dropper.
*Source US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, Medical News Today, Healthline, Live Strong