The plant Tribulus terrestris is known for its medicinal properties. It is known as “gokshura “ in ayurveda. Tribulus terrestris is widely used in alternative systems of medicines. In European folk medicine it is used to treat headache, dizziness and sexual dysfunction like premature ejaculation. In Chinese medicine this herb is used in treatment of liver, kidney and cardiovascular problems. Health benefits of Tribulus terrestris are innumerable.
Through researches it has been found that Tribulus Terrestris lowers cholesterol and acts as antioxidant. Clinical trials have shown the usefulness of this herb in treating diabetes and hypertension. It also helps to increase testosterone level and hence very popular among body builders.
According to texts of ayurveda Tribulus terrestris is heavy to digest and increases the moisture level and stickiness of body tissues. It is sweet to taste and acts as a body coolant. Because of these properties it normalizes vata and pitta.
The medicinal properties and health benefits of tribbulus terrestris or gokshura have been described as follows in Bhavaprakasha an ayurveda text..
“Gokshuraha sheetalaha swaadurbalakrudvasthishodhanaha |
Madhuro deepano vrishyaha pushtidashmariharaha ||”
Pramehashwaasakaasaarshahakrichrahridrogsvatanut| (Bhava prakasha)
Balakrud : – Tribulus increases strength of muscles. Researches have shown that tribulus naturally increases male hormone testosterone, which strengthen the muscles.
Testosterone is responsible for development of male sexual characters like physical strength, muscle mass, body shape, body hair, deep voice, sexual function etc. Erectile dysfunction occurs when testosterone level is reduced. Testosterone is necessary for the formation and preservation of bone structure and bone density. It also helps in brain activity like learning skills, memory power etc. This hormone is very essential to maintain body’s general energy levels.
Vastishodhana :- It cleanses the bladder (Basti) and boosts the resistance of bladder to infection. This property is very useful in treating cystitis and urinary tract infections.
Deepana : It increases appetite and normalizes digestion.
Vrishyaha: Other benefits of tribulus terrestris is that it acts as a very effective aphrodisiac. Its property of boosting testosterone level help to increase erection, sperm count and sperm motility. Hence it has been included as an active ingredient in Vajikarana Therapy preparations. It increases libido and helps in rectifying male impotence
Pushti: Tribulus terrestris helps to build body muscles and boost body energy levels. It also increases body immunity.
Ashmariharaha: It is of great use in treatment of renal calculi.
Prameha: This plant helps to reduce frequency of urination in diabetes, cystitis and urinary tract infection.
Shwaasa Kaasa: It is very useful in diseases of respiratory system like wheezing and cough.
Arsha: Tribulus helps to reduce symptoms of piles
Hridroga : Gokshura is very useful in cardio vascular diseases and it acts as a cardiac tonic.
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