The health benefits of Epimedium have been well-known in the records of traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, the use of epimedium is mentioned in Shen Nong’s Canon of Medicinal Herbs, compiled around 400 A.D.
Epimedium is an ivy-like shrub native to the higher and drier areas of China and Tibet. Epimedium is a member of the buttercup family.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, epimedium is used to increase the Yang (outwardly directed energies) when there is not a deficiency of Yin (containing energies).
Laboratory studies with animals suggest that the benefits of epimedium have something to do with increasing the production of the pleasure chemical dopamine and decreasing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Epimedium is also known to help dilate the blood vessels, thus bringing about a host of circulatory system benefits, including contributing to enhanced sexual functions.
The constituents of epimedium are the following: fats, saponins, and essential oil, with trace amounts of epimedins, epimedosides, icariin, magnflorin, and quercetin.
Epimedium can be consumed internally as a tea infusion. To make epimedium tea, add one ounce of the cut epimedium leaves to a pint of hot water. Drink a cup of epimedium tea once to thrice per day. The epimedium tea should be taken with food.
As with most herbs, it is best to consult first with your physicians before trying out epimedium tea herbal remedy.
Some of the health benefits attributed to this tea are the following:
- May help counter low libido, sterility, erection problems and premature ejaculation.
- May help fight asthma.
- May help fight bronchitis.
- May help combat cervical dysplasia.
- May be used in the overall efforts to treat congestive heart failure and viral infections of the heart.
- May be used in efforts to treat low white cell count.
- May help enhance energy.
- May contribute to optimal blood circulation.