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.
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