he myth says that the name of the plant (Horny goad weed) comes from a shepherd who noticed that his goats were more sexually active as soon as they were chewing the leaves of the plant.
For years, it has been used to stimulate the kidneys, joints and liver, although it is now used for its properties as an aphrodisiac and tonic of endogenous testosterone production.
More analytically, it inhibits the enzyme phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE-5) and significantly increases nitric oxide, helping to improve erectile function. The icariin, the active ingredient of Epimedium works just like the chemical drug, but it is herbal and has no undesirable side effects (hot flashes, headaches, etc.).
Icariin relaxes the smooth muscles of the body, thus enhancing the flow of blood to the reproductive organs and especially to the penis. In Chinese traditional medicine, the herb is given to both sexes. In men, in addition to erectile dysfunction, it is given for sperm augmentation and for greater erotic satisfaction, while in women is usually given to fight fatigue, but also hypertension that occurs after menopause.