Excessive use of Epimedium Grandiflorum can cause rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure. Studies conducted on animals have also shown that high doses of Icariin may be toxic to the Kidney.
Epimedium Grandiflorum earned the name of Horny White Goat or Horny Goat weed from an ancient Chinese tale. According to Chinese folklore, a sheep’s herder noticed an increase in sexual activity of his goat’s herd after ingesting the weeds.
Epimedium Grandiflorum is also known as Yin Yen Ho, Bishop’s hat or with the common name of Horny Goat Weed. It is a hardy perennial plant with large, delicate, creamy white to dark pink flowers. The flowers have the shape of a bishop’s mitra, hence the name Bishop’s hat.Endemic to China and the Mediterranean, Horny goat weed is one of sixty species belonging to the Berberidaceae family
Epimedium Grandiflorum has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac. The tea made with Horny goat weed leaves is credited to relieve both male and female sexual dysfunction. According to Western medical studies, Horny Goat Weed seems to increase levels of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide helps muscles to relax leading more blood flow to the penis and the clitoris. Horn goat weed also appears to inhibit PDE enzymes similarly to prescription erectile dysfunction drugs. Although many studies have been conducted, there is not enough clinical information to recommend Horny Goat weed for erectile dysfunction.
Horny Goat weed has shown to restore low levels of both testosterone and thyroid hormones, therefore slowing down osteoporosis and bone degeneration. The active ingredient in Epimedium is Icariin, which in studies conducted in 2005 by “Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior” showed that Icariin demonstrated potent antidepressant-like properties. In Traditional Chinese medicine, Horny Goat weed is combined with other herbs to treat symptoms of menopause, asthma, bronchitis, cervical dysplasia, and congestive heart failure. The Chinese Academy of Medical science lists the herb as a leading medicine to control aging and promote longevity.
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there are stricct import laws to prevent the spread of diseases etc. But the companies will know for definite if they are allowed to send them.
hi . i live in australia and am looking for some Epimedium Seeds . ( horny goat weed ) cant seem to find any , do you know where i could find them at all ?
</p> thank you for your replies ppl . i contacted david at clover hill , but he wont have them till next year . @ seaburngirl , thanx i will try those you mentioned . i cant see why they cant be sent here as it is available here , sometimes lol . thanx again 🙂
a good seed company should be able to supply them. we have several companies in the uk that sell them. but wether they can be imported to you is a different matter.
thompson and morgan is one company and chiltern seeds is another. Look them up and see if they post to you. Good luck.
Do epimedium set much in the way of seed. I ask because I have just received the SRGC seed list for 2012 (4,500 varieties) and it does not include any epimedium. This seems slightly surprising as the club has many growers of epimedium including myself. I am an enthusiastic doner of seeds but have never collected any off our epimedium.
It may be worth sending an email to Clover Hill Plants
and asking if they sell seeds. Clover Hill are the main growers and sellers of Epimedium in Australia.
The clover Hill web site indicates that they import epimediums from China, so they will not be on a restricted list.