Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)


Tribulus Summary

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 about the male reproductive system, and cardiovascular system.

The herb is most commonly used for treating poor libido, menstrual irregularities, erectile dysfunction, and cardiovascular disorders.


+ Indications:

  • Poor libido
  • Male infertility
  • Female infertility
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • To improve atheltic or physical performance
  • Cardiovascular disease

+ Contraindications:

Not suitable for use alongside some medications. Ask your doctor for more information.

Herbal Actions:

  • Tonic
  • Male tonic
  • Estrogen in females (indirectly)
  • Androgenic in males (indirectly)
  • Fertility enhancer
  • Cardiotonic

What is Tribulus Used For?

Tribulus is mainly used to improve microcirculation, as a cardiotonic for cardiovascular disease, and to treat sexual dysfunctions in both men and women.


Heerb Details: Tribulus

Weekly Dose

Part Used

  • Leaves and aerial parts

Family Name

  • Zygophyllaceae


  • Tribulus is considered an invasive weed in many parts of the world.

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Constituents of Interest

  • Protodioscin
  • Prototribestin
  • Harmala alkaloids
  • Tribulosin

Common Names

  • Tribulus
  • Caltrops
  • Puncture vine
  • Gokshura (Sanskrit)
  • Bai Ji Li (China)



Duration of Use

  • Avoid long-term use in therapeutic doses.

Containing Tribulus

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Botanical Information

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 annual in cold climates.


Research Overview:


Clinical Applications Of Tribulus

Tribulus is useful for infertility, and low libido, especially in males. It's 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.



Justin Cooke, BHSc

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(Updated May 2019)


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