The herb Epimedium is used for a number of reasons, but most often for treating sexual dysfunction in men. It is sometimes listed under the name Horny Goat Weed, due to the fact that it was first discovered by a shepherd who noticed the effect it had on his herd, but can also be called several other names, including Barrenwort.
While it is known for being of benefit to women suffering from osteoporosis (weak bones), it is more often found in products claiming to treat erectile dysfunction or help support the erection. It is not usually used alone, rather it will be included in a formula that combines other erectile dysfunction ingredients such as Tribulus and L-Arginine. There is little conclusive proof that Epimedium plays much of a role in treating erectile dysfunction but it can indeed help inhibit the activity of PDE-5 activity which is responsible for the loss of the erection. Other ways it can help are by supporting blood flow to the penis and supporting energy. Some manufacturers of male enhancement products will even state that it helps create a more powerful orgasm, but again, there is little proof of this.
The recommended dose for Epimedium has not really been determined and will depend largely on the quality of the herb and what it is being used for. Very often manufacturers will not disclose their ingredient amounts and ‘hide’ them in a proprietary blend anyway, making it hard to judge the potential potency of the capsule. But, a reputable company will at least show that they use top grade ingredients and, preferably show proof of clinical studies that have been performed on the product. Also, there are often customer testimonials included on most product information sites which can be referenced.
Just as the dose of Epimedium varies, the cost of the product will too. Most consumers will want to buy from a company that has a money back guarantee and if possible obtain a free sample of the product first. Unlike some erectile dysfunction medications, Epimedium will usually take effect quickly and is normally taken about one hour before sexual activity and can often last up to 48 hours. While it is not likely to cause any harmful side effects, it is advised that prolonged use of the substance may be risky. Some mild side effects could be dizziness and nausea and it should never be used in conjunction with high blood pressure medication.