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Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed) Leaf

  • Epimedium grandiflorum
  • Origin: China
Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed) Leaf

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Common Name

Standardized: epimedium
Other: barrenwort, horny goat weed

Botanical Name

Epimedium grandiflorum C. Morren
Plant Family: Berberidaceae

Synonyms

Epimedium macranthum

Overview

Introduction

Epimedium is an ivy-like ground shrub of the higher and drier areas of China and Tibet. It is in the same plant family as Barberry and Oregon Grape, and its first recorded use is circa 200 B.C.E. in China. The name of the herb in Mandarin, yin yang huo, roughly corresponds to "weed for licentious goat." Legend has it that a goat herder discovered the properties of epimedium by observing his billy goats' uncontrollable sexual appetites after they grazed on the herb.

Constituents

Fats, saponins, and essential oil, with trace amounts of epimedins, epimedosides, icariin, magnflorin, and quercetin.

Parts Used

The dried leaf.

Typical Preparations

Teas, tinctures, encapsulations of the leaf or powder.

Precautions

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.