Botanical Name : Tribulus terrestris
Family : Zygophyllaceae
Common Name : Gokshura
An annual creeping herb used in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda for purposes mostly related to cardiovascular health, virility, and urogenital health.
- Protodioscin, pseudoprotodioscin, dioscin, diosgenin, tribulosin and furostanol and spirostane-based steroidal saponins.
- Protodioscin is seen as an active muscle building compound.
- Recommended as a remedy for infertility, impotence, erectile dysfunction, and low libido.
- Found to enhance sexual desire, arousal and satisfaction in women with low libido.
- May help to improve sperm count and sperm motility.
- Provides a significantly greater improvement in sexual health.
- Used as an enhancer of human vitality.
- Used for stimulating appetite.
- Act as an astringent, tonic and mood enhancer.
- Appears to be quite potently cardioprotective.
- An adaptogenic herb with antidepressant and anti- stress effects.
- Normalises the increases in corticosterone and adrenocorticotropic hormone.
- May reduce blood pressure via either the kidneys or ACE inhibition.
- Appears to have protective effects in the liver and help normalise cholesterol levels.
- Possesses anti-inflammatory effects.
- May help reduce kidney stone formation in vitro, specifically calcium oxalate stones.
- Effective in increasing urinary output.
- It appears to have general antioxidative and mineral chelating effects in the testicles.
- May increase testicular weight without any abnormal changes in histological structures.
- Possesses diuretic properties and can be possibly beneficial for benign prostatic hyperplasia.
- Appears to increase DNA repair in skin cells that are exposed to radiation.
Dosage: About 500-600 mg per day for adults.
It is popular as a general health supplement and as an ingredient in testosterone booster supplements.