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tribulus terrestris good for body building.this natural medicine how i get from india.this hindi name gokhsura.i am from south india.tribulus terrestris what name in tamil or malayalam languages.pls explain me.

(November 2, 2010)

What Is Tribulus Terrestris?

Tribulus terrestris refers to a herb that has been used in countries like China and India, for centuries, in order to cure disorders that are related to male sexuality. It can also be used to improve a person’s athletic performance, during sporting events. This herb became popular in countries in North America as well as Europe, during the mid 1990s, after claims that were made by some East European athletes, about how taking Tribulus terrestris helped them improve their performance. The main active compounds in the Tribulus terrestris herb are known as steroidal saponins, which can be found mainly in the leaf of the plant.

What Are The Uses Of Tribulus Terrestris?

Tribulus terrestris extract is generally used to treat problems that are related to erectile dysfunction.

The herb can also be helpful for treating low libido and infertility in men and women. Research indicates that this is because of the fact that terrestris indirectly stimulates the production of testosterone in the body, which boosts nor just the sexual performance in a person, but also the athletic abilities. Therefore, for the last decade or so it has also been used for improving performance in the field of sports. However, there are certain medicinal uses of tribulus terrestris too; this herb can be recommended in the treatment of several medical conditions, such as depression, heart diseases, water retention, liver disorders and kidney problems and so on.

Health Benefits Of Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris can be used as a non-irritant diuretic, in the treatment of urinary stone, dysurea and other problems, which are related to the urinary tract. This is because the herb contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Several herbal medicines also use tribulus terrestris extracts, for treating eye problems like itchiness, blurry vision, and conjunctivitis as well as headaches, nervousness, rib pain and high blood pressure. In some cases, tribulus terrestris is used for treating gout too. Another benefit of tribulus terrestris is that it can boost the immune system.

Some people take tribulus terrestris to get relief from prostate related problems, since the herb contains sterols such as stigma and betasitosterolsm which can protect the prostate from swelling and even cancer. Women too use tribulus terrestris, to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Side Effects Of Tribulus Terrestris

There are several side effects that have been associated with tribulus terrestris. The most common tribulus terrestris side effects include nausea, and an upset stomach. However, these are only temporary side effects, which can be controlled if the herb is consumed with meals. There are some women, who claim that the regular consumption of this herb has led to a change in their voice, where the tone of their voice decreases. The main cause of this problem could be a change in the hormonal levels, within the body. Tribulus terrestris could also cause a person to experience mood swings, which may show up, in the form of anger. Another side effect that has also been associated with this herb is the growth of excessive hair, all over the body, including the face. This is the result of an extra production of testosterone in the body. Although rare, at times, people who take tribulus terrestris could also suffer from lung problems, such as lung damage.

While the general recommended dosage for tribulus terrestris in adults is between 85 mg and 250 mg, to be taken three times a day, it is best to consult a doctor before taking any amount of this herb. Consuming more than the recommended dosage could lead to some severe side effects like affected muscle functioning. In the worst case, an overdose of tribulus terrestris could be fatal.


Submitted by A V on November 2, 2010 at 06:49


Tribulus Terrestris for Body Building

Tribulus terrestris belong to the family Zygophyllaceae.The other names for tribulus terrestris are Puncture vine, small caltrops in English, Nerunjil in Tamil and Malayalam, Gokhsura in Sanskrit and gakhru in Hindi.The other synonyms in Tamil are Thirikandam, Thirikandakam, Sutham, Kittiram, Aswachattiram. The entire plant is used and it is astringent and sweet.It is a prostrate annual plant that grows at the length of 90 cm with paripinnate leaves. The flowers are small, yellowish and solitary. The fruits are five angled and spinous.It grows throughout India in hotter and dry areas along the road side. It is also available in the form of powder that can be used as mood enhancing smoke or tea infusion and decoction.It is also available in the form of extract.

In some states of United States it is considered as invasive plant and it is found in America and Australia native of the south region. It has been used as tonics in Ayurvedic use. It is used as a booster to increase the sex drive. Studies have suggested that it can enhance the hormone levels within the normal range. It can increase the testosterone by increasing the leutinizing hormone and gonadotropin releasing hormone. This hormone is effective in building muscles as well as improving fertility and libido. Apart from this it has positive effect on bone marrow activity and immune system. It is an aphrodisiac, diuretic and nervine.The decoction of entire plant and fruit is used to correct anuria, oliguria, burning micturation and urinary tract infection. This infusion is also useful for correcting erectile dysfunction in impotency; improving the sperm count in oligospermia.It is also used as a drug for gonorrhea and spermatorrhoea.
Submitted by A V on June 6, 2008 at 06:28


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