Tribulus Terrestris is the annual plant belonging to caltrop family (Zygophyllaceae). It is broadly dispersed around the world. It is adapted genetically to grow in the locations with dry climate: a climate in which only a few other plants can survive beside Tribulus Terrestris. Tribulus is composed of active elements including steroidal saponins, dioscin, diosgenin. These elements in the concerned plant act in the formation of libido and muscles mass. Since antiquity in Chinese tradition, it has been used as an antidote to cure diseases related to kidney and liver (Tribulus Terrestris, 2017). It was also used for helping in urinary problems.
Tribulus Terrestris is also called as Nerunjil, thirikandam, siru yanai vanangi, nerunjil. This plant is employed to form decoction to cure urinary tract infections, dysmenorrhea, urolithiasis, edema. In Ayurvedic pharmacology, Tribulus Terrestris is utilized in the form of a powder which is made from the aerial parts of the plant, especially its fruit. The plant is called Gok shura in the Sanskrit language, which means the “cow’s hoof”. It is called so probably because the small thorns of Tribulus get stuck in the hoofs of grazing animals. Another plant pedalium is also famous with the same name of Gok shura. Both of these herbs are available as a mixed powder in the market. In Ayurvedic pharmacology, this plant is believed to contribute to overall physical being of a person and especially the sexual mechanism. Besides, it is considered to be beneficial for urinary bladder, kidney, urinary tract, and those conditions which are urogenital related (Tribulus Terrestris, 2017). In the latter case, it is considered to perform the work of a diuretic.
Commonly bodybuilders use it as a dietary supplement to augment their testosterone levels (Tribulus Terrestris, N.d.). A small research study which was conducted in 2014 on 67 women found out that Tribulus Terrestris may efficiently and carefully augment sexual desire in women (Tribulus Terrestris, N.d.). Apart from that, Tribulus increases body endurance and strength when mixed with ginseng. Also, it balances the nervous system, treats erectile dysfunction, and counteracts problems during and after menopause (Tribulus Terrestris, N.d.). It stimulates and strengthens the human immune system and protects from diseases related to cardiovascular system (Dr. Edward, 2015). Usually, it is taken in the forms of the capsule but it can also be taken in the form of mother tincture.
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