1. Sources and Habitat
Epimedium, also known as Horny Goat Weed, or Yin Yang Huo, is a genus of about 60 or more species of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae. The large majority are endemic to southern China, with further outposts in Europe, and central, southern and eastern Asia. Usually make the Epimedium brevicornum and Epimedium sagittatum as the raw material because of their high quality.
2. Descriptions and Specifications of Product
Specification: 10~98% Icariin HPLC
Molecular Formula: C 33 H 40 O 5
Molecular Mass: 676.662
CAS No.: 489-32-7
3. Indicatons and Uses
It is invigorative, tonic and anti-rheumatism.
It stimulates the production of androgen (sexual) hormones with no found effect on estrogen.
It has been applied to men suffering from impotence and low sperm count. And has been consumed by women who suffer from a decreased sexual motivation .
4. Safety Concerns
High dosages of horny goat weed may cause side effects in some people, which would include rapid heart beat, restlessness, and insomnia. Do not take horny goat weed if you are taking heart medicines.
5. Dosage Information
The suggested dosage is 3-9 gram in water extracting form according to Chinese Pharmacopoeia, 2005 edition. The suggested dosage for other forms of preparation are not available, but high dosage of up to 30 gram a day (80% concentrate water extracts and 20% powder form) was seen in a clinical study of 1000 cases of Chronic bronchitis treatment, the study shows a 74.6% effective rate without report of adverse effects. However, it is strongly suggested that when use alone, any dosage that is over 9 gram in water extract form or over 3 gram in powder pill form should be applied in a closely administered environment.