Epimedium

Safety of Epimedium

Epimedium seems to be relatively safe for many people, especially when used in moderation for a short period of time. Some people may be more likely to experience problems due to this herbal supplement. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it medicinally if you:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Epimedium Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)
 

How Does It Work?

Epimedium probably contains numerous different "active" components. Importantly, it contains flavonoids (plant compounds that may have antioxidant activity) and phytoestrogens (estrogen-like compounds found in plants). One of these phytoestrogens, icariin, is a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor, much like Viagra® (sildenafil) and other similar prescription impotence medications.
 

Is Epimedium Effective?

In general, there is little scientific evidence to suggest conclusively that the substance really is effective for most uses (see Does Horny goat Weed Work? for more information).
 
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