Tribulus, also known as puncture vine, is aptly named for its thorny seeds. This plant will grow where almost nothing else will. It can grow in moist, dark places, as well as dry sunny spaces. This plant is so well adapted to most environments, it is considered a noxious weed all over the world.
Tribulus was made famous for its popularity in the Ayurvedic medical system, which used the plant for anything pertaining to the male reproductive system, and cardiovascular system. Currently, it's most commonly used for its ability to increase the levels of male and female hormones, offering a solution to a variety of related conditions like poor libido, menstrual irregularities, erectile dysfunction, and cardiovascular disorders.
- Poor libido
- Male infertility
- Female infertility
- Menopausal symptoms
- To improve atheltic or physical performance
- Cardiovascular disease
Not suitable for use alongside some medications. Ask your doctor for more information.
- Male tonic
- Estrogen in females (indirectly)
- Androgenic in males (indirectly)
- Fertility enhancer
Tribulus is mainly used to improve microcirculation, as a cardiotonic for cardiovascular disease, and to treat sexual dysfunctions in both men and women.
Leaves, aerial parts
Tribulus is considered an invasive weed in many parts of the world.
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Constituents of Interest
- Harmala alkaloids
- Puncture vine
- Gokshura (Sanskrit)
- Bai Ji Li (China)
Tribulus is a member of the Zygophyllaceae family of plants, which contains roughly 285 species, and 22 genera. The Tribulus genus contains about 13 different species, the most commonly used being Tribulus terrestris.
This genus as a whole is highly adaptable, and will grow as a perennial in hot, desert climates, or as an anual in cold climates.
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Clinical Applications Of Tribulus:
Tribulus is useful for infertility, and low libido, especially in males. It is also useful for mild cardiovascular disease or insufficiency.
The high saponin content of the plant necessary to substantiate its effects means that saponin concentrated extracts are easier to use, unless tribulus is used alone rather than in formulation.
Caution with liver disease, ulcers, or digestive disorders.
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Forlist of references, visit the full tribulus monograph.