Horny Goat Weed Tea: Ancient Chinese Remedy for Libido, Joint Pain, Fatigue, and More!

Horny Goat Weed Tea is not for kids! Or lambs or calves. But popular Chinese folklore has tales of this herb being eaten by goats, who then became quite amorous. So thanks to the grazing goats, the Chinese discovered this adaptogenic herb with antioxidant, rejuvenating powers.

Horny goat weed tea has now broken barriers from "ancient Chinese remedy" to mainstream cure for conditions that are plaguing more and more men and women these days. In particular, sexual and reproductive disorders and diseases.

Fast-paced lifestyles, high-pressure jobs, poor diets and bad sleeping patterns have all added to the growing problem of sexual disorders like

  • Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) in men
  • Low libido or sex drive in men and women
  • Vaginal dryness in menopausal and post menopausal women
  • Low fertility rates and low sperm counts
  • Hormonal imbalances affecting testosterone in men and estrogen in women
Horny Goat Weed Tea 7 Benefits for Libido

What is Horny Goat’s Weed?

Horny Goat Weed is a natural aphrodisiac, an adaptogenic herb that works on balancing hormones without affecting them. Sounds like a paradox, right? But simply put it will balance you out if you need it.

If you don’t need it and you take it in high doses, all the symptoms you would expect it to cure will, instead, appear. That is the nature of how many herbal, natural and homeopathic remedies work.

On the other hand, if you are basically healthy and everything in the nether regions are working properly then taking a low daily dose, like tea, will possibly enhance your stamina, increase your libido and give your sexual performance a boost.

It is a small herb originating from Japan, China and Korea. Like many other adaptogens, it grows naturally in high altitude terrain. But the actual plants that have these healing properties are not restricted to just one species.

At least 5 Epimedium species contain the active ingredient, icariin. Through testing, scientists were able to isolate over 250 compounds (1). Of these active compounds, some worked directly on estrogen targets and receptors, while others mimicked testosterone’s structural features.

What’s in Horny Goat Weed Tea that makes it such a Successful Natural Aphrodisiac?

The active ingredient in horny goat weed is icariin. Icariin is a flavonol glycoside which metabolizes, with the help of healthy human intestinal flora, into other metabolites before absorption into the gut.

From here it begins to work its magic on many areas of the body, particularly, but not limited to, the reproductive system, which includes the hormones as well as the actual mechanisms of the genitals.

"The balancing effect on both estrogen and testosterone can rejuvenate sex drive or libido. This is the first step of how an aphrodisiac works. It starts in the brain. Once the hormones are carrying the correct signals to the brain the next stage is action. And this is where people with ED will benefit the most. If the mind is willing and the body can’t follow, a physical ailment can turn into a serious psychological one."

Horny goat weed may actually repair nerve damage as well. This means that ED can be reversed regardless (2) of whether is was caused by nerve damage or poor circulation. Often ED occurs as a symptom of another more serious disease like diabetes or heart disease.

Properties and Benefits of Horny Goat Weed Tea

  • Other bioactive compounds include (4) but are not limited to:
  • Polysaccharides
  • epimedins
  • sterols
  • Alkaloids, specifically but not confined to, magnoflorine
  • Flavonols (antioxidants)

All these compounds make horny goat weed:

  • An excellent vasodilator, it boosts, restores and improves circulation. It relaxes smooth muscle and allows blood flow to engorge the tubular cylinders in the penis, enabling an erection.
  • An antioxidant
  • Anti-osteoporosis
  • anti-tumor
  • anti-cancer (4)
  • anti-inflammatory
  • testosterone-mimetic
  • erectogenic

Traditional Chinese Uses vs Western Uses for Horny Goat Weed.

In the West, "horny goat weed" or "barrenwort", is primarily used to treat sexual dysfunction and menopausal symptoms but in using it for these problems an array of other problems will be balanced out too.

Horny goat weed has been used for 1000’s of years in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), where it is known as "Ying Yang Huo", a herb that tonifies yang.

This means the kidney and liver yang is toned and wind and dampness expelled which

  • Cures impotence,
  • Relieves back and knee pain
  • Improves sperm motility
  • Improves memory
  • Stops frequent urination
  • Dispels numbness and dizziness and balances irregular menses (periods)

7 Conditions that Horny Goat Weed May Cure

1. Revive a Sagging Sex Life: Sex can improve thanks to better circulation, both the penis and clitoris will gain more sensitivity, heightening the experience for both partners.

2. No More Hip Replacements: After menopause estrogen levels change and bone density drops, leading to osteoporosis. Horny goat weed has anti-osteoporosis effects (5).

3. Stand Firm In The Bedroom: Erectile Dysfunction can be reversed, as studies have shown(6).

4. Boost Your Brain: Brain Injury and other nerve damage (7) may be reversed.

5. No More Back Pain: Joint pain, arthritis and lower back pain may disappear thanks to anti-inflammatory properties and yang that tone kidneys and liver.

6. Can the Cancer: Cancer and tumors may be prevented as it has anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties (8).

7. Heal the Heart: Heart disease can be arrested (9) thanks to the antioxidant activity that decreases risk of atherosclerosis by improving liver and kidney function, as well as circulation.

How much Horny Goat Weed Do I Need to Take Daily?

Tea:

  • 1 or 2 cups daily for general tonic.
  • 6g to 15g if treating certain ailments.

Horny Goat Weed Tincture:

If taking it as an extract, make sure the percentage of icariin is listed like this brand do, so you can work out what dosage to take. 

Usually 1000mg, which could be 1 – 2 capsules is sufficient bit you may need up to 2000mg daily.

Note: Seek out a TCM practitioner or do independent research. It is advised to take it according to what works for you over time.

How to make a simple Horny Goat Weed Tea infusion

How To Make A Simple Horny Goat Weed Tea Infusion

Ingredients:

  • Pure dried Epidium leaves, weighed out to 2 - 6g per cup
  • Honey or Stevia to sweeten (optional)
  • 300ml water (each cup should be about 125ml)

Instructions:

  • Place powdered or crushed weighed out leaves into a teapot
  • Boil kettle, just as water goes off the boil, pour into pot and cover
  • After about 2 minutes, swirl the water and leaves around a bit
  • Leave to stand for a further 3 minutes
  • Pour and drink, adding sweetener if desired.

Note: You can make enough for 2 to 4 cups and take hot or cold. If you need, for example, 4g daily you can make the whole 4g into tea and just split it into 2 or three doses, allowing 125ml for each cup.

Possible Side Effects and Contraindications of Horny Goat Weed Tea

  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Increased or rapid heartbeats
  • Overdosing can cause spasms and breathing difficulties.
  • Do not take if you have heart disease or hormone related cancers (like breast or ovarian)
  • Do not take if pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to plants in Berberidaceae family (9).
  • Do not take if you have thyroid disease.
Beware of imitations and inferior products. Check the labels, often it will come in a mixed ingredient product. Check the icariin percentage if in tincture form.


Where to buy Horny Goat Weed Tea

The best place to look for tea would be in a TCM store or an Asian market. Some specialty health stores will carry it.

If you can’t find it locally, it is available online.

Try the tea,the extract or the tincture.

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