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Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat weed may have a name to make a high school health class blush, but you can't hold that against it. After all, horny goat weed just might do the trick for several health concerns [source: Griffith]. They include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Even though some lab experiments show positive results, Morgan Griffith of WebMD states that horny goat weed has yet to be given the green light when it comes to effectiveness and safety. Proper dosage appears to be key. In fact, high-dose usage can contribute to respiratory failure and spasms. Other possible side effects of using horny goat weed include mood changes, low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. So before this one fills your bathroom drawer, have that always-important conversation with your doctor [source: Griffith].

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