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What Is Horny Goat Weed?

Horny goat weed is a leafy plant that can be found in Asia and in the Mediterranean. This plant has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine, and is fast gaining popularity in other parts of the world as well. Other names for horny goat weed are epimedium and yin yan huo.

Horny goat weed is primarily used as an aphrodisiac, both for men and women. The principle behind its efficacy is that it is supposed to increase the flow of blood to the genitals. This results in the nerve endings becoming more sensitive, thus increasing pleasure as well.

As with many other herbs and plants used in alternative medicine, there is not much hard scientific evidence to support the claims. Horny goat weed, however, has been used for a long time to treat male impotence. It has also been traditionally used to increase the libido of women - young brides who do not have much desire for sexual intimacy. In short, most of the supporting evidence for horny goat weed is based on experiences of those who have used it.

The discovery of horny goat weed and its properties is attributed to a Chinese goatherd. As the story goes, the goatherd noticed an unusual increase in sexual activity among his goats after they had eaten the weed. The rest, as they say, is history.

There are no recorded negative side effects of using horny goat weed. There is also no known interactions with other medication, making it a safe supplement for both men and women.

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