See All Names Barrenwort, Épimède, Épimède à Grandes Fleurs, Épimède du Japon, Epimedium, Epimedium acuminatum, Epimedium brevicornum, Epimedium grandiflorum, Epimedium Grandiflorum Radix, Epimedium koreanum, Epimedium macranthum, Epimedium pubescens, Epimedium sagittatum, Epimedium violaceum, Epimedium wushanese, Herba Epimedii, Herbe Cornée de Chèvre, Hierba de Cabra en Celo, Japanese Epimedium, Xian Ling Pi, Yin Yang Huo. Horny goat weed is used for weak back and knees, joint pain, osteoarthritis, mental and physical fatigue, memory loss, high blood pressure, heart disease, bronchitis, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, polio, a blood disorder called chronic leucopenia, viral infections of the heart, bone loss after menopause, weak bones (osteoporosis), and as a tonic. Some men use horny goat weed for sexual performance problems including erectile dysfunction (ED) and involuntary ejaculation. Horny goat weed contains chemicals which might help increase blood flow and improve sexual function. [Effects of Epimedium sagittatum on immunopathology and extracellular matrices in rats with chronic renal insufficiency]. Neuritogenesis of herbal ( )- and (-)-syringaresinols separated by chiral HPLC in PC12h and Neuro2a cells. [Chemical constituents from the whole plant of Epimedium fargesii Franch.]. [Acuminatin from the aerial part of Epimedium acuminatum]. However, since these products contain multiple ingredients, it is not clear if these effects are caused by horny goat weed or other ingredients. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Horny goat weed is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy.
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Hormone sensitive cancers and conditions: Horny goat weed acts like estrogen and can increase estrogen levels in some women. [Quantitative study of magnoflorine in Epimedium koreanum Nakai.].
Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important.