5 Top Medicinal Uses & Side Effects Of Tribulus Terrestris | Gokshura | Gokhru | Nerunji Mull

Tribulus Terrestis popularly called Gokshura in India is a very very ancient herb that has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is popular all over the world as it is said to improve both testosterone and body building performance. It is also a famous aphrodisiac. Gokshura has been used both in Chinese and Indian ayurvedic medicine from ancient times.

Gokshura Plant:

Gokshura is a small plant that produces beautiful yellow flowers. The flowers turn into fruits quickly and they fall apart into 5 nutlets. These nutlets have 2 to 4 sharp spines and can actually cause a lot of pain when we accidentally step on them.

This plant is found in plenty in our farm. When we walk barefoot in our farm, we are very careful around this plant because if the fruit spines prick us, it is very very painful, I have been pricked by it many times 🙁

Gokshura Common Names:

It is called Gokshura in Sanskrit, Gokhru in Hindi, Nerunji Mull in Tamil, Palleru in Telugu, Nerunji in Malayalam, Neggilamullu in Kannada and Small Caltrops in English.

Gokshura For Men:

This wonderful plant is very very famous all over the world especially among men as it is believed to increase the testosterone levels and enhance the endurance levels in athletes. Like mentioned before, it is also very famous for it’s aphrodisiac properties effective for both men & women.

This plant has been widely used by athletes for many years now especially competitive weight lifters as it is believed to enhance their performance. Gokshura tablets are now sold world wide because of these uses.

Gokshura in Ayurveda:

The two famous ayurvedic formulations using tribulus terrestris are Gokshuradi Churna which is a combination of 6 herbs with gohskura as the main ingredient, it is used for treating all urinary tract infections.

Another famous preparation is gokshuradi guggulu which is a combination of gokshura along with thirikadugam, triphala and nagarmotha, it is mainly prescribed for bloating, diabetes and urinary tract problems.

We also get pure tribulus terrestris powder too, you can buy it from herb shops or order it online. This herb has wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits and the whole plant is used as a medicine.

In addition to the benefits mentioned below, the extract also has anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, analgesic, anti cancer, cardio protective and larvicidal properties.

Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) Side Effects:

Pregnant women, children and breast feeding mothers should stay away from tribulus terrestris. This herb also should taken for long periods of time under medical supervision and should never be overdosed. One report on very high overdosing by a young male for reducing kidney stones resulted in seizures but it was not fatal. High blood pressure and diabetic patients should strictly take this herb under medical supervision as it will have an impact on both blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) Dosage:

The general dosage of tribulus terrestris powder is around 1 to 3 grams and in tablet form is around 150 to 250 mg.

5 Top Medicinal Uses & Side Effects Of Tribulus Terrestris | Gokshura | Gokhru | Nerunji Mull:

1. Tribulus Terrestris For Increasing Testosterone & Body Building Performance:

Though this herb is very famously known for increasing the testosterone in males and the extract is marketed all over the world claiming that it increases testosterone levels, interestingly there is contradicting evidence to this claim.

Though tribulus terrestris extract showed significant increase in  testosterone in animals, in humans there was no significant increase in testosterone at all, you can read the study that proves it here. The extract also showed no effect on the athletic (body building) performance.

2.Tribulus Terrestris As an Aphrodisiac:

This herb has been used traditionally as an aphrodisiac for many years and it has been shown to be effective for both males and females. Female sexual dysfunction which is due to reduction of estrogen is very common as we women age and tribulus extract can be a good remedy for that. This traditional claim has been backed by research, you can read the study that proves this claim for females here.

3. Tribulus Terrestris For Kidney Stones:

Kidney stones which are formed in the kidneys from certain minerals in the urine usually passes in the urine. But if it has grown in size, it cannot pass through urine and can lead to intense pain. Certain herbs have the ability to prevent kidney stones, tribulus terrestris is one among them.

This herb extract prevents the formation of the crystals that leads to kidney stones by balancing the phosphate levels in the kidneys. This herb also helps expel the existing stones very fast, you can read the study that proves it here.

4. Anti Diabetic & Hypolipidemic Activity:

The herb reduces the blood sugar levels and also the cholesterol levels significantly. The study done on cholesterol induced rats for 8 weeks using the dosage of 5 mg per kg resulted in significant reduction in lipid profile.

It also has a protective effect by reducing the oxidative stress and it also reduced the blood sugar levels in diabetic rats significantly. But at higher doses (50 mg per kg) it proved to be toxic to the kidneys in rats.

If you are a diabetic patient, please take tribulus terrestris only under medical supervision to determine the correct dosage.

5. Tribulus Terrestris Anti Stress & Anti Hypertensive Activity:

Due it’s diuretic properties, tribulus terrestris has the potential to reduce hypertension. It has been proved in research done on 75 patients suffering from hypertension along with other problems caused due to hypertension like headaches, insomnia and giddiness.

The group was divided in to 3 with 1 group receiving the whole plant extract, the second receiving the fruit extract in the dosage of 3 grams per day and the third group was not given any. At the end of the first month, in the first 2 groups there was drastic reduction in the symptoms associated with hypertension like headache, insomnia and palpitations.

Also gradual reduction in blood pressure was seen from the end of the first week. Along with reducing blood pressure, it also reduces stress very effectively. You can read the study the proves it’s anti stress activity here.



  1. faruk mutiu
    July 29, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    What can I use for ED

  2. Mohammad Ismail
    August 25, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    How can I use it for uti

  3. Ahila Shibu
    March 4, 2018 / 11:24 am

    I having PCOS and facial hair. Can I drink this tribulus terrestris

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