Epimedium - Horny goat weed


Epimedium - Horny goat weed

Epimedium also known as Horny goat weed, is a herb that has been a traditional remedy in China for centuries. It’s used for low libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, pain, and other conditions.

ED is defined as the inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Most men have experienced times when they were unable to sustain an erection, but that doesn’t mean they have ED. However, if this happens on a regular basis, you may have ED.

Although you can have ED at any age, it becomes more common as men age. In the United States, approximately 12 percent of men younger than 60, 22 percent of men aged 60 to 69, and 30 percent of men 70 or older have ED, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

How Erections Happen

When you’re sexually stimulated, nitric oxide signals a chemical called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) that causes the smooth muscle to relax, resulting in an inflow of blood into three tube-like cylinders in the penis which then leads to an erection. With erectile dysfunction, an enzyme named protein phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) interferes with the nitric oxide and cGMP that relaxes the smooth muscle in the arteries. As a result, the blood can’t move through the arteries and create an erection.

Icariin an ingredient in Epimedium inhibits the activity of the PDE5 that’s blocking dilation of the arteries in the penis. This allows blood to fill the arteries and the three cylinders in the penis and create an erection.