Gokharu as Medicinal Herb
Gokharu other uses
Gokharu (Tribulus terrestris) is found in tropical climates of the world. It is
found mainly in India, America, and Australia. Pedalium murex is native to India. In Ayurveda Tribulus terrestris is
known as Chhote or Kanti Gokharu and Pedalium murex as Boda Gokharu. Medicinal
uses are more or less same for both the varieties.
Tribulus Terrestris plant also called as "puncture vine"
has long been used all around the world for various diseases. Tribulus Terrestris popularly claimed functioning to improve human sexual.
It is widely used to treat ailments such as headache, nervous disruption, constipation, and sexual dysfunction.
Tribulus terrestris L is used in the Arabic folk medicine to treat various diseases, mainly diabetes. Extract of Tribulus Terrestris
plant stimulated the power production in the body and brings fitness and happiness to life.
The most noted benefits of tribulus terrestris is it's use in treating sexual deficiencies. It has been used for years to treat libido and infertility problems.
Hindi - Gokharu
English - Land-calotrops
Latin - Tribulus Terrestris Linn
Family Name- Zygophyllaceae
Sanskrit - Goshurah, shuuadamshtra, swadukantaka, trikantaka
Tamil - Nerinci, Palleru-mullu ,Neranjal
Kannada - Negalu
Telgu - Palleru
Malayalam- Nerinnil, Nerinill
Marathi - Sarapte, Dhakte Gokharu
Bengali: Goxuri, Chhote gokhuri
Gokharu is a taprooted herbaceous perennial plant that grows as a summer annual in colder climates.
Gokhru primary branches which is up to 1.5 meters long radiating from
the crown of the taproot. The roots of this plant are slender, cylindrical, somewhat fibrous, 10 to 15 centimetres long, light brown
and faintly aromatic. The leaves of this plant are opposite,
paripinnate, up to 5.5 centimetres long, one of each pair usually smaller than the other. The leaflets are of 3 to 6 pairs and are 6 to 12
millimetres long, with silky hairs on surfaces, apex mucronate, base rounded oblique and petioles are very short.
Flowers of Gokharu plant are yellow in colour and are 0.7 to 2 centimetres in diameter.
The fruits of Gokhru are globose and possess 5 to 12 woody cocci, each with 2 pairs of hard, sharp, divaricate spines, with one pair longer than the other.
There are several seeds in each crocus with transverse partitions between them. The fruits and flowers are available throughout the year.
Gokharu (Tribulus terrestris) plant
Gokharu (Tribulus terrestris) seeds
Useful in diseases
Gokharu (Tribulus terrestris)
plant contain alkaloids, resins, tannins, sugars, sterols, essential oil, peroxidase, diastase and glucoside.
It is a taprooted herbaceous perennial plant that grows as a summer annual
in colder climates. It grows naturally in sandy soil and found near agricultural fields, railways tracks and non fertile lands. It is considered a noxious weed
and an invasive species and animals does not harm its growth.
Tribulus terrestris a Far East herb also known as Gokshura`in
Ayurveda` and Bai Ji Li in China which traditionally has`been used for sexual and kidney dysfunctions as well as colic pains,`hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. It has a long standing use of`
being a revitalizer and energizer (increases energy).`In Greek history, it is widely used to treat ailments such as headache, nervous disruption, constipation, and sexual dysfunction.
In China and India, Tribulus Terrestris is used as the remedy for liver, kidney, urinary and cardiovascular.
Gokharu as Medicinal Herb
In Ayurvedic system of medicine Gokhru is indicated for
the treatment of urinary disorders, kidney diseases, diseases of the genito-urinary system, calculus affections and impotence. It is used for regulation of heart
functions, reduction of inflammation, indigestion, chronic cough and` asthma also. In Ayurveda it is considered that Gokhru helps to improve
vitality and vigor. Gokshur is widely used in various formulations in
Ayurvedic medicine. Some of the classical formulations containing Gokshur are: Gokshuradi churan, Gokshuradyavleha, Gokshuradi
gugglu, Gokshuradi kwath, Dashmoolarishta.
The fruits of Gokhru are used in Ayurveda in the treatment of kidney
stones, painful urination and other genito- urinary disorders, mainly in the form of an infusion. They are also prescribed for the treatment of
breathing difficulties, diabetes, rheumatism, piles, dropsy, heart diseases, impotence and Bright`s disease. The leaves of this medicinal
plant of India are considered to possess stomachic properties, and a paste prepared from them is used in the treatment of bladder stones.
Gokharu other uses
Athletes used the extract of Tribulus
Terrestris dietary supplement to increase energy, provide healthy hormone function, enhance muscle movement and provide energy for the
athletes during the training session.
Tribulus (puncture vine) is a vine that has been used as a general
tonic (energy) and herbal treatment for impotence, but is found primarily in dietary supplements marketed for increasing testosterone levels in bodybuilders and power athletes.
The main use of Tribulus Terristris is to increase Male and Female Libido and a Fitness Supplement
Adverse effects from supplementation with Tribulus terrestris are rare and tend to be insignificant. However, some users report an upset
stomach, which can usually be counteracted by taking it with food.
Tribulus terrestris benefits identified in various human and animal studies are :
*. Improves muscle growth and body strength.
* Reported to enhance libido sexualis and erectile function.
*. Reported to increase the number and motility of spermatozoa.
* Increases LH levels by 72% and testosterone levels by 41% in only five days.
*. Helps in alleviating some symptoms associated with male menopause.
*. Reduction in cholesterol.
*. Reductions in high blood pressure.
*. Inhibition of stress-induced clumping of blood platelets.
* Increases in strength of contraction of the heart muscle.
*. Reductions in sodium and fluid retention.
*. Anti-urolithiatic (urinary/kidney stone preventing) and litholytic (dissolving) activities.
*. Improvement of the profile of red and white blood cells and stimulation of the humoral immune system.
*. Anti-bacterial, anti-malarial and anti-fungal properties, anti-inflammatory activity.
*. Analgesic effects.
*. No adverse effects.
*. No toxicity and side effects.
`* Most Common and very Effective in problems connected with Urination
*. Used for disurea, kidney stone and uncomfortable urination.
*. Used in to cure headache, eye problem as hives, conjunctivitis, weak eyesight and anxiety.
*. It is used to cure high blood pressure and flank pain.
*. For athletic performance, muscle mass enhancement, and as a testosterone booster.
*. It suitable for premenstrual syndrome and menopausal syndrome.
Tribulus Terrestris powder, extract is in great demand for
dietary supplement to increase energy, provide healthy hormone function, enhance muscle movement and provide energy for the athletes during the training
session. It is also widely used in various formulations in Ayurvedic medicine.
prices of Tribulus Terrestris
powder and extract is determined by market demand.
Gokhru is well supported with research papers published all over the world in renowned medical
research journals of recent times.
* School of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Southern Cross
University Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. study - Tribulus terrestris is an herbal nutritional supplement that is promoted
to produce large gains in strength and lean muscle mass in 5-28 days
* In a recent Tribulus Terrestris study of males and females, over 90% of
the participants had significantly increased sexual performance and libido within the first day. There are numerous libido enhancers available, and
Tribulus Terrestris is the main ingredient in all libido enhancers.
* Tribulus Terrestris also has phenomenal anti-aging benefits! Our
testosterone levels decline as we get older, leading to many of the physiological problems associating with aging (loss of muscle, increased
body fat, decreased sexual drive & function, etc.) Tribulus Terrestris will restore your testosterone back to youthful levels, thus eliminating
many of the physical signs of aging.
* Studies show that it works very well when stacked with DHEA and
androstenedione. It increased testosterone levels in a different way, however, than either DHEA or andro do. Instead of being a testosterone
precursor, it leads to the production of the luteinizing hormone (LH). When LH levels are increased, the natural production of testosterone
also increases. LH is a hormone that also deals with sex drive.