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.