Epimedium Sagittatum is one of the most popular ingredients used in brands of male sexual enhancement. It is often listed as Horny Goat Weed, and has traditionally been used in Asia and the Mediterranean to treat cases of sexual impotence. It is still used for this purpose, but is also thought to have a beneficial effect on other health conditions such as joint pain and poor memory.
The problem of impotence, or Erectile Dysfunction can affect men of any age for a variety of reasons, although it is very common among men in their senior years to suffer. The problem can cause distress not only for the sufferer but also their partner and can put a lot of stress on the relationship. Many men who wish to treat the problem will turn to a Drug medication such as Viagra, although more are turning to alternative, natural treatments, such as those that contain Epimedium Sagittatum. Using a herbal extract such as this may not carry as many side effects as a Drug medication might, although even natural ingredients can have some adverse effects. In the case of Epimedium Sagittatum, it is normal for the user to experience mild side effects when they first start taking the substance, and these may include dry mouth and nausea. High doses however can be responsible for more serious effects such as muscle spasms and cramps, and it is essential to consult with a doctor if there is any history of cardiovascular disease present.
While Epimedium Sagittatum has undergone some forms of clinical testing actual proof that it works is inconclusive and mostly anecdotal. What is known about the ingredient is that it does have the ability to produce vasorelaxation, whereby the blood vessels allow a greater flow of blood to the penis which in turn, helps achieve and sustain a strong erection. The compounds found in Epimedium Sagittatum – flavonoids, icariin and epimedium A, B and C – all work in a similar way to the key ingredient in Viagra, Sildenafil Citrate. Unlike Viagra which can work in less than an hour, most supplements containing Epimedium take several days to produce an effect and its overall effectiveness will depend also on the age and health of the person using it.