What is Horny Goat Weed?

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What is Horny Goat Weed (Sex Pill)


Horny goat weed turns heads with its bold name and supposed health benefits, but what is horny goat weed? Is there any science to back up the claims about horny goat weed’s aphrodisiac qualities? Is it safe to take? Find the answer to these and your other burning questions in today’s article.


What is Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat weed is a flowering herb also known as barrenwart or yin yang huo. The plant in its many subspecies is native to Asia and specifically, China. It’s sold as a dietary supplement across the world, where it’s been used based on anecdotal evidence of its effects for thousands of years.

As you probably already guessed, horny goat weed is imbibed for its supposed aphrodisiac qualities. In addition to helping with erectile dysfunction, horny goat weed is also used to improve sex drive for both men and women. While people use horny goat weed to treat other ailments, the overwhelming majority use it as a sex pill.

 

Does Horny Goat Weed Actually Work?

Despite how long people have been taking horny goat weed, and how many people swear by it to help with their ED or lack of sex drive, there’s not a ton of research on the medicinal value of this plant. So, what do we actually know about horny goat weed’s effect on the body?

Icariin is the active chemical in horny goat weed which gives it potential health benefit. Icariin performs in a way similar to Viagra and other ED medications by inhibiting PDE-5 activity and allowing more blood-flow to the genitals.

Horny goat weed is also believed to treat other ailments, especially when used with other herbal remedies. For example, this herb may treat hardened arteries and even bone density loss due to menopause and osteoporosis. Horny goat weed is also believed to boost the immune system and is noted as a possible treatment to allergies like hay fever.


Is Horny Goat Weed Safe?

As with the potential health benefits of horny goat weed, more research is required to make definitive statements about the safety and dosing of horny goat weed. Still, we know a few negative side effects of horny goat weed.

First, horny goat weed should not be taken by those who are to undergo surgery or who have blood clotting disorders. That’s because horny goat weed thins the blood, making it also unsafe to take for those with low blood-pressure or who are taking medication to lower their blood pressure. In fact, due to the number of body systems effected by horny goat weed, there are many possible drug interactions. For example, it’s unsafe to use horny goat weed with aspirin, birth control pills, immune disorder medication, and especially nitroglycerin. If you’re unsure if horny goat weed interacts with your prescriptions or conditions, be sure to consult your physician before trying it.

Additionally, there is no official dosing information about horny goat weed, and calculating a dosage is difficult since all horny goat weed supplements have different concentrations. Compounding this issue, horny goat weed is a dietary supplement, meaning it’s not regulated by government regulation. Basically, you never really know what’s in your horny goat weed products.

With this in mind, it’s still important to note that no adverse effects have been documented for continued use of horny goat weed for periods of less than a year at between 6 and 15 grams per day.


Conclusion

Horny goat weed is a homeopathic remedy that’s been used to treat ED and hardened arteries for centuries. Although there are only a few studies on the herb, most signs point to the idea that horny goat weed really works the way it’s intended. Users should be aware, however, that there’s also little research on the possible ill side effects of long-term use of horny goat weed. Horny goat weed is also known to interact poorly with some medications, so consult your doctor before starting to take it.

At the end of the day, horny goat weed appears to be a natural aphrodisiac that’s cheaper and easier to get than other ED medicines. It carries many of the same downsides, too. If you’re interested in trying horny goat weed for yourself, use common sense and ask a professional whenever in doubt.

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