- What other names is Horny Goat Weed known by?
- What is Horny Goat Weed?
- How does Horny Goat Weed work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Horny Goat Weed.
Horny goat weed is used for weak back and knees, joint pain, osteoarthritis, mental and physical fatigue, memory loss, high blood pressure, heart disease, bronchitis, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, polio, a blood disorder called chronic leucopenia, viral infections of the heart, bone loss after menopause, weak bones (osteoporosis), and as a tonic.
Some men use horny goat weed for sexual performance problems including erectile dysfunction (ED) and involuntary ejaculation. It is also used to arouse sexual desire.
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- Osteoporosis. Developing research shows that taking a specific extract of horny goat weed for 24 months seems to decrease bone loss of the spine and hip in women who have passed menopause. This particular extract, made by Tong Ji Tang Pharmacal Company in China, contains phytoestrogens (specifically containing 60 mg of icariin, 15 mg of daidzein, and 3 mg of genistein). These chemicals act somewhat like the hormone estrogen.
- Postmenopausal conditions. Early research suggests that taking horny goat weed water extract for 6 months can decrease cholesterol and increase estradiol levels in postmenopausal women.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Ejaculation problems.
- Sexual problems.
- Memory loss.
- High blood pressure.
- Heart disease.
- Liver disease.
- Joint pain.
- Other conditions.
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