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Horny Goat Weed

From: Osborn B. Infuriating
Subject: Horny Goat Weed
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 19:44:31 -0700

What is Horny Goat Weed ?
Epimedium is a genus of twenty-one related plant species. The Chinese
refer to epimedium as "yin yang huo", which has been loosely translated
by some as "licentious goat plant" and explains why Western supplement
companies have adopted the titillating name by which it is known in
the U.S: (horny goat weed). 

Epimedium is grown as an ornamental herb in Asia and the Mediterranean
region, and various species are used for medicinal purposes, including 
Epimedium sagittatum, Epimedium brevicornum, Epimedium wushanense, Epimedium
koreanum, and Epimedium pubescens. Read more...  
Claims :
Because of the traditional use of epimedium for treating fatigue and 
boosting sex drive, the majority of the claims for Western dietary
supplements center around sex drive: · Boosts libido (sex drive) · 
Increases energy levels · Enhances recovery from exercise 
(via cortisol-control) · Makes you more sexy (not really, but this is 
what the ads would suggest). 
Theory :

The use of epimedium as a medicinal herb dates back to at least 400 A.D.,
where it has been used as a tonic for the reproductive system (boosting 
libido and treating impotence) and as a rejuvenating tonic (to relieve

Epimedium is thought to work via modulation of cortisol levels (the
primary stress hormone). Under conditions of high stress, the increased 
cortisol levels are known to cause fatigue and depress sex drive - so
bringing cortisol levels back into normal ranges is also thought to help 
restore normal metabolism, energy levels and libido. 

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