Benefits Of And Nutrition Epimedium (BarrenWort) For Health

Benefits Of Epimedium (BarrenWort) For Health

Epimedium (BarrenWort)

Epimedium, also known as Epimedium acuminatum, Epimedium brevicornum, Epimedium grandiflorum, Epimedium Grandiflorum Radix, Epimedium koreanum, Epimedium macranthum, Epimedium pubescens, Epimedium sagittatum, Epimedium violaceum, Epimedium wushanese, Herba Epimedii, Horny Goat Weed, Japanese Epimedium, Xian Ling Pi, Yin Yang Huo, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae.

These plants are perennials and mostly found in China, Europe and southern, eastern and central Asia. The genus of these herbs contains about 60 different types of plants. This herb is popularly used for its aphrodisiacal qualities and is often called the poor man’s Viagra. This plant has four-petalled flowers which usually flowers in spring and summer.

Benefits Of And Nutrition Epimedium (BarrenWort) For Health
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Species of Epimedium are herbaceous perennials, growing from an underground rhizome. Their growth habits are somewhat variable. Some have solitary stems, others have a "tufted" habit, with multiple stems growing close together. There may be several leaves to a stem or the leaves may be solitary, produced from the base of the plant. Individual leaves are generally compound, often with three leaflets, but also with more. Leaflets usually have spiny margins. The leaves may be annual, making the plant deciduous, or longer lasting, so that the plant is evergreen. The inflorescence is an open raceme or panicle, the number of flowers varying by species. There are four stamens.

The leaves of various species of epimedium have been used as the herb known as yin yang huo, which literally translates as horny goat weed, in traditional Chinese medicine.

It is often used as a tea and there aren’t too many documented cases of ill-effects. Ideally you should not exceed the daily dosage of 1200 milligrams in a day. This dose varies based on sex, age, and lifestyle and it is important that this should not be taken randomly.

Nutritional Information and Properties of Nutrition Epimedium (BarrenWort)

The primary ingredient in epimedium is icariin. Icariin is known to increase nitric oxide levels in the body which allows increased blood flow to the genitals. In addition to icariin, epimedium also produces a small amount of PDE-5 inhibitor. These inhibitors keep in check the levels of nitric oxide, which in turn keep a check on the levels of arousal in the body.

Benefits Of Epimedium (BarrenWort) For Health

Epimedium has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to promote male potency and as an herbal aphrodisiac. The legend says that it got its name when a Chinese shepherd noticed his male goats affectionate reaction to the female goats after digesting epimedium.

Diarrhea and urinary incontinence: Chinese physicians report that epimedium stimulates muscle growth in the sphincter muscles, which helps bring incontinence under control.

Epimedium operates as a diuretic, a tonic and a hypertensive. Epimedium increases the nitric oxide levels, which relax smooth muscle thus allowing more blood flow which explains its uses as an herbal remedy for erectile dysfunctions. Epimedium has been used to increase seminal emissions and premature ejaculation as well.

Epimedium is probably one of the most popular herbs used for the treatment of low male libido. It is not just used as an herbal sexual stimulant for men but also used for the same purpose with women.

Epimedium has been used as an herbal remedy for bronchitis, asthma, antibacterial, antirheumatic, antitussive, hypoglycemic, tonic, and vasodilator.

Benefits Of And Nutrition Epimedium (BarrenWort) For Health
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Epimedium have used it to naturally lower blood sugar levels, to treat lumbago, arthritis, numbness and weakness of the limbs.

Epimedium is thought to be able to increase levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine and could be effective as an herbal remedy for anxiety and stress.

In some human and animal studies the ability of epimedium to return cortisol levels back to normal has now been linked to its potential for bringing about a reduction in bone deterioration and an increase in muscle mass, as well as a loss of body fat and improvement in the immune-system but more studies are needed to validate these claims.

Epimedium's properties are also used to reduce bone loss in osteoporosis, bone loss in menopause and blood disorder called chronic leucopenia. There has been some indication that epimedium when combined with morinda citrifolia could be a good herbal remedy to treat menopause and related symptoms. It should be noted however, that there are still no scientific studies to confirm or support this.

In some animal studies epimedium has been shown to raise adrenaline, noradrenalin, serotonin, and dopamine levels. Dopamine may be responsible for the reproductive effects as it can cause a release in testosterone which could explain its popularity as an herbal libido enhancer.

Epimedium (BarrenWort) And Special Precautions Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Epimedium is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy. There is a concern that it might harm the developing fetus. Avoid using it. Not enough it known about the safety of using epimedium during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using.

Bleeding disorders: Epimedium slows blood clotting and might increase the risk of bleeding. However, it is not known if this is a big concern. In theory, taking horny goat weed might make bleeding disorders worse.

Hormone sensitive cancers and conditions: Epimedium acts like estrogen and can increase estrogen levels in some women. Epimedium might make estrogen-sensitive conditions, such as breast and uterine cancer, worse.

Low blood pressure: Epimedium might lower blood pressure. In people who already have low blood pressure, using epimedium might drop blood pressure too low and increase the risk of fainting.

Surgery: Epimedium slows blood clotting and might increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.

Do not use epimedium for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.