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Horny Goat Weed: More Than Just a Name


Horny Goat Weed: Where Can I Get It?

A Mountain of Horny Goat Weed

After our stay in Bozhou, we headed in a southeasterly direction toward Tianmushan, a large mountain area in the northern corner of Zhejiang Province. About ten hours of hard driving put us there. The next day as we climbed the majestic Tianmu Mountain, a botanist named Sheng explained the collection of epimedium, horny goat weed.

"All epimedium is picked wild. It grows all over, so there is a lot. We only ever pick the leaves, never the roots. So epimedium is always there. And since nobody applies any chemicals to the wild plants, it is clean and pure."

The tropical sun beat down on us when we stepped out of the woods, and we were drenched in sweat as we made our way up the mountain. "Most of the epimedium on the mountain has already been picked this year," Sheng informed us. "But further up near the peak we will find plenty. The pickers don't like to climb that high." Farther up we came to a rock outcropping, where we saw clusters of epimedium.

From that point on toward the peak we found numerous clusters which had escaped the attention of pickers who had collected the plant only a month before. It was no Everest climb, but it wasn't a walk in the park either. We were hot, soaked with sweat, and elated.


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