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Horny Goat Weed: An Aphrodisiac for Humans

 

by Faye Sakellaridis

We may not be goats, but Horny Goat Weed has been a tried and true aphrodisiac for humans for over 2000 years. It’s botanical name is Epimedium Sagittatum, a species of leafy plant. According to Chinese legend, Chinese goat farmers noticed that goats would become more sexual active when consuming the plant. It’s effective in enhancing libido in men and women, and improving male sexual function. It increases testosterone and estrogen levels. Horny Goat Weed is also effective in treating erectile disfunction as well as symptoms of menopause and PMS.

In Chinese, Horny Goat Weed is translated to Yin Yang Huo. Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham explains that Yin Yang Huo was a legendary goat creature that had sex over a hundred times day. According to Kilham, when plants have myth attached to them, it’s an “indication that they’re held in very high regard.”

Kilham spoke to top medical practitioners in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who held the plant’s effectiveness in high esteem. Kilham writes:

On our first evening in hot, tropical Shanghai, we gathered for dinner with six of Shanghai's top doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The group at our table constituted a Chinese medical brain trust of such grand stature, we were humbled to sit in the same room. As we ate, Medical Doctor Diao Yuan Kuang explained the virtues of TCM.
"Our tradition of practice is 5,000 years old. We know from very good experience that TCM is highly effective. We successfully treat many difficult diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and Parkinson's. In TCM, we look at the whole person, while Western physicians look at the disease. And we rely on herbs and foods to treat most health problems."
I popped the question foremost on my mind. "What do you think about epimedium?" I asked. "Is it truly effective as a sex enhancer?" There were smiles all around, and the affirmative shaking of heads. "Oh, yes, yes," exclaimed Dr. Kuang. "We have all used epimedium for decades in our practices. It is the very best sexual tonic for both men and women."
I probed further. Does the plant truly help with erectile function as some claim? Both Dr. Kuang and Dr. Xiao Tong Shen explained that in clinical practice, they have used epimedium to successfully treat erectile problems, to boost waning libido, and to rebuild youthful sexual vitality. "It gives you back your sexual strength," noted Dr. Kuang with emphasis. Hearing unequivocal confirmation of horny goat weed's sex-enhancing effects from the top docs in China gave me confidence that the plant is the real deal.

At The Alchemist’s Kitchen, we carry Sensual Supreme Powder, an aphrodisiac powder that contains Horny Goat Weed, along with Schisandra Kidney Tonic (which creator Kostanze Zeller explained to me “increases blood flow and has warming effects”), and reishi, which increases life span.

To learn more about Horny Goat Powder, read Chris Kilham’s article on it over at Medicine Hunter.