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Why do you call it Epimedium? The reason is that in the north of Sichuan, there are many sheep herders in the villagers. After eating this grass, the sheep will copulate hundreds of times a day without being killed. So people call it Epimedium. The reason why Epimedium is Epimedium is because it often eats local grass like bean leaves (bean leaves are called herba).
Efficacy of Epimedium
Epimedium, cultivated in Shaanxi, Gansu, Shanxi, Henan, Qinghai, Hubei, Sichuan and other regions of China, is a perennial herb. The whole herb is used for medicine. It has the effects of tonifying kidney yang, strengthening muscles and bones, and removing wind and dampness. It can be used to treat impotence and ejaculation, flaccidity of muscles and bones, rheumatic arthralgia, numbness and contracture, and menopausal hypertension.
1. Invigorate the kidney and strengthen yang
Epimedium tastes pungent and warm, is good at tonifying the kidney and fortifying the yang, and is suitable for people with cold constitution. It has a significant effect on the common symptoms of cold limbs, fear of cold sweating, waist and knee soreness, frequent urination, etc. of middle-aged and elderly people. In addition, Epimedium can also tonify the kidney yang, improve impotence, frequent nocturnal urination due to ejaculation, weakness of lower limbs, and cold pain of waist and knee. It can be used with Eucommia ulmoides Oliv, Morinda officinalis and dog ridge.
2. Treatment of rheumatic arthralgia
Epimedium tastes pungent and warm. It also helps to dissipate cold and warm meridians. It has certain therapeutic effects on joint pain or cold pain caused by wind, cold and damp arthralgia, adverse joint activity, limb numbness, limb cramps and other symptoms. It can be used with Astragalus, Angelica, Notopterygium, Gentiana macrophylla.
3. Strengthen muscles and bones
On the basis of unblocking collaterals, Epimedium can also effectively strengthen muscles and bones and improve the discomfort of various rheumatic diseases. Therefore, Epimedium is also commonly used to treat diseases such as poor joint activity, weak waist and knee, rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.
4. Lower blood pressure
Epimedium contains icariin, which has a certain effect of lowering blood pressure. It can inhibit and block the pressor reflex caused by bilateral common carotid arteries, thus inhibiting the blink contraction response caused by sympathetic nerve preganglionic fibers. It is suitable for the menopausal hypertension caused by kidney yang deficiency, and can be used together with the drugs for tonifying yang and nourishing yin, such as Cynanchum, Morinda officinalis, Cortex Phellodendri, and Anemarrhena asphodeloides.
5. Increased libido
Epimedium can increase the content of adrenaline, norepinephrine, blood ammonia, dopamine and other hormones in the body, reduce the content of cortisol, promote the secretion of testosterone, and enhance sexual desire.
The main components of Epimedium are flavonoids, lignans, alkaloids, icariin, and polysaccharides, in addition to volatile oil, chlorogenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linolenic acid, etc.
1. Epimedium mainly contains icariin. Epimedium extract has androgen-like effect, can promote semen secretion, reduce blood sugar, improve the function of pituitary-adrenal cortex system, and promote antibody formation.
2. The flavonoids of Epimedium have the effect of inhibiting cell activity and promoting immune function; Epimedium flavonoids can protect gonads, inhibit bone absorption and promote bone formation, so that the body's bone metabolism is in a positive balance of bone formation greater than bone absorption, thus promoting bone growth, preventing calcium loss and preventing osteoporosis.
3. Epimedium polysaccharide can promote the immune function of the body, increase the number of white blood cells and lymphocytes, and improve the humoral immunity of the body.
The role of Epimedium
1. Effect on endocrine
Epimedium can promote sexual function because of the hypersecretion of semen and the stimulation of sensory nerves and indirect stimulation of sexual desire after the seminal vesicles are filled. Epimedium, the main component of Epimedium, can significantly promote the development of epididymis and seminal vesicle gland in young mice. Epimedium has androgen-like effect.
2. Effect on immune system function
The number of T cells, lymphocyte transformation rate, antibody, antigen and phagocytic function of reticuloendothelial system in patients with kidney deficiency are low, which can be improved after treatment with kidney tonic drugs such as Epimedium
3. Effect on cardiovascular system
Epimedium decoction and extract have certain protective effect on myocardial ischemia induced by pituitrin in rats. Antihypertensive effect: Epimedium decoction and decoction ethanol extract were given intravenously to rabbits (2.5ml/kg), cats (2ml/kg) and rats (4ml/kg), showing antihypertensive effect. The most obvious effect is on rabbits.
4. Effect on blood system
Comparison of the effects of Herba Epimedii decoction, polysaccharides and total flavonoids on platelet aggregation showed that after oral administration of Herba Epimedii decoction, the hematocrit of red blood cells was significantly reduced, the electrophoresis time of red blood cells was shortened, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate was accelerated, and the specific viscosity of whole blood was significantly reduced.
5. Effect on metabolism
Epimedium can promote DNA synthesis.
6. Anti-osteoporosis effect
The experiment shows that Epimedium can promote the synthesis of DNA in bone marrow cells, indicating that Epimedium has a good effect on preventing and treating osteoporosis.