Herba epimedium is a common Chinese medicine.The beginning of the shennong Herbal sutra, listed as top grade.

Alias: epimedium leaf, immortal spleen, three branches nine leaf grass.

Source: Dry stems and leaves of Herba epimedium, herba epimedium and herba epimedium, with a few rhizomes and fibrous roots.All wild.

Origin: mainly produced in Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hunan, Hubei and other provinces, other areas are distributed in the forest area.

ok of The Ancient Medicine of Abel, 1500 BC.The Ayurvedic texts describe the aphrodisiac effects of the herb.In ancient Egypt, fenugreek was used to relieve labor pains and other types of abdominal pain.


Character identification:

1.Epimedium: The stem is slender and cylindrical, much flattened after drying, 15~30 cm long, 1~3 mm in diameter, brown or yellow, with longitudinal ribs, glabrous, hollow.Leaves for 2 times 3 compound leaves, small leaves nine, the old custom called three branches nine leaf grass.Small leaf blade ovate-cordate, 4-9 cm long and 2.5-8 cm wide, tip acute, base cordate, margin ciliate, dark green, smooth, glossy, back grayish green or yellowish green, veins sparsely yellow-white pilose, papery.No breath, bitter taste.

2.Epimedium sagitta: Slender cylindrical stem, 20~45 cm long, 1~3 mm diameter, yellow, smooth, hollow.The leaves are 1 to 3 compound leaves, ovate-lanceolate, 4~9 cm long and 2.5~5 cm wide, acuminate at the tip, arborescent at the base, serrate at the margin, grayish green or brownish green, smooth, shiny, pale grayish green at the back, densely covered with white fur, leathery.No breath, bitter taste.



3.Epimedium: stem thin cylindrical, 10-20 cm long, brownish yellow, longitudially ribbed, hollow.Leaves 2 x 3 compound, small, heart-shaped, 2.5~5 cm long and 2.5~5 cm wide, tip short pointed, base heart-shaped, margin with a fine saw-like blade: teeth, grayish green, smooth, glossy, grayish green back, erect pilose, papery.No breath, bitter taste.

Above all to the leaf color green, leaf neat not broken for the better.

Main ingredients: stem and leaf contain icariin, vitamin E.The root and rhizome contain the deoxymethyl-icariin and the giant flower essence (also known as magnolia alkaloid).

Efficacy and function: Epimedium is sweet and warm, and can walk through liver and kidney.It is a medicine for nourishing the life gate, enriching the essence of qi, strengthening muscles and bones, nourishing the kidney and enhancing Yang.

Modern studies have shown that Epimedium contains epimedium glucoside, volatile oil, cerevitol, phytosterol, tannin, vitamin E and other components.Can excite sexual function, have stimulative seminal fluid action to the animal.There are also hypotensive (causing peripheral vasodilation), hypoglycemia, diuresis, cough expectorant and vitamin E like effects.

Pharmacological experiments show that Epimedium can increase cardiovascular and cerebrovascular blood flow, promote hematopoietic function, immune function and bone metabolism, and have anti-aging and anti-tumor effects.Medical experts in Singapore have found that Epimedium can effectively kill breast cancer cells, but further research is needed for clinical application.


Antiviral: The decoction has a significant inhibitory effect (direct inactivation) on poliovirus type I and Sabin Type I.

Processing: Select clean impurities.Those that have roots get rid of them.Shred and saute lamb fat.

Sexual tastes: spicy, warm.

Return meridian: enter liver, kidney meridian.

Epimedium extract (3)
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