Tribulus terrestris 

COMMON NAME 

Also known as Puncture vine caltrop, gokshura, ghokru, tackweed and small caltrops. 

 

INTRODUCTION 

Tribulus terrestris is a small leafy plant, known commonly as puncture vine. It is widely grown in Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine utilize both the fruit and root of this plant.  

Tribulus terrestris contains furostanol saponins which promote testosterone production by declining natural hormone receptors. This leads to a boost in the production of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) which prompts the body, specifically the Leydig cells located in the male testes to produce more testosterone. Men suffering from low testosterone (Low T) can also benefit from this herb. Testosterone levels determine fertility, healthy libido, prostate health, sexual functionality and satisfaction. Loaded with 45% saponins, Tribulus helps increase libido in both men and women. It triggers receptors in the brain which boost hormone circulation that in turn enhance sexual functionality. Healthy levels of testosterone lead to weight loss and can even promote muscle development. Furthermore, Tribulus stabilizes mood, promotes the ability to deal with stress, maintains energy levels and leads to better sleep. These symptoms are most likely experienced by men as they age or with the onset of andropause.  

This herb is especially vital for men looking to ward off estrogenic toxins which is the biggest enemy of testosterone production. The analgesic properties make Tribulus potent for alleviating pain. Those looking to get in shape and look lean can also benefit from this herb. It is a rich source of nitric oxide which enhances performance in the gym. This herb is ideally taken 30 to 60 minutes as a pre-workout supplement on an empty stomach for improved results. Tribrulus gives you a greater sense of energy which increases the amount of oxygen available to cells. Its mood stabilizing abilities make it ideal for women suffering from premenstrual symptoms which normally can take you on an emotional roller coaster.  

 

CONSTITUENTS 

Alkaloids, essential oils, flavonoids, glycosides, protodioscin, resins, sugars, sterols, Saponins (protodioscin, furostanol), tannins and Terrestrinins A and B. 

Herbions’ Specification

Scientific Name: Tribulus terrestris

Active:     Furastanol saponin

Part used: Fruit

Assay: NLT 40% and 60% by UV spectrometry

Biological Activity

Sexual dysfunction, improves physical performance

 

Bulgarian studies have shown that tribulus naturally increased the body’s production of luteinizing hormone (LH), which stimulates the production of testosterone in men and Oestrogen in women.

It is also claimed that tribulus can enhance sexual performance based on evidence given by athletes who claimed that it increased their sex drive and performance.

Since Oestrogen levels in women may be boosted tribulus is being promoted as a treatment for menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and fatigue.