The official name of Barrenwort is Epimedium grandiflorum. There are fifteen different species of the plant, each being very hardy. The plant itself is usually an evergreen with flowers that have four petals. The flowers are typically yellow or lavender. It was the Chinese that first took notice of the potential benefits of Barrenwort. It’s first use was to enhance sexual desire in the men of the village. While these effects have never been officially studied on a clinical level, Barrenwort extract is currently sold in dietary supplement form. Powder, capsules and tinctures are all available for consumption, made from the leaves, stems and seeds of the plant. If you’re interested in learning more about Barrenwort, read on.
The Potential Effects of Barrenwort
Barrenwort has the potential to increase blood circulation and cause vasodilation. This can occur in areas of the body like the brain, heart, lungs and penis. Some people have found it to have a profound effect on cardiovascular disorders that they are dealing with. Epimedium grandiflorum can also act as a diuretic, improving overall kidney health, and it can normalize hormone function. Antidepressant and antioxidant properties are also common. While there are many different reasons why a person might start a regimen of this supplement, some common uses include:
–Increased sexual performance
–To treat post menopausal issues and symptoms
-As a treatment for asthma, bronchitis, coughing, etc.
-Treating chronic pain in joint areas
–To decrease fatigue and increase energy levels
-To treat a variety of auto-immune conditions
-Because of its ability to control cell death, some cancer patients are experimenting with the use of Barrenwort.
How Does it Work?
In order to understand how Barrenwort works, we must first understand a little bit about the guanosine monophosphate that we have in our bodies. This organic chemical can control the life of our cells, metabolize glycogen, provide our bodies with energy, release glucose, induce fight-or-flight and relax the muscles. In order for guanosine monophosphate to be synthesized, nitric oxide must be present. Barrenwort can help stimulate the synthesis of nitric oxide. While it isn’t fully understood how Barrenwort works, its chemical structure has been studied a bit. There are over 30 different components of Barrenwort, including sterols, polysaccharides, alkaloids, prenylated flavonol and icariin.
Barrenwort has the ability to affect our immune system in a positive way. It can actually activate our body’s ability to protect the cells in our body. There are a number of studies that are in the first clinical trial stages that focus on this supplement. Keep in mind, this product has been used by many people for hundreds of years. As with any supplement, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor before you try anything new. You want to make sure that you will not experience an interaction with another medication you are taking. If you experience any kind of adverse reaction, stop taking the supplement and talk to your doctor.
note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.