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bada Gokshura

bada (large) Gokshura {Pedalium Murex}

bada (large) Gokshura or large caltrops or puncture vine or sthulagokshurah


Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances Vata and Pitta
  2. Taste – Sweet
  3. Energetics – Cooling
  4. Main Traditional Action: Diuretic, reproductive disorders
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Helps treat urinary retention, kidney stone, seminal weakness, amenorrhea, inflammation, flatulence and fever.


Modern Research

Bada (large) Gokshura and its components have been shown to have antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antidiabetic, , and nephroprotective effects. It has been shown to significant decrease triglycerides, LDL, VLDL, cholesterol, and a significant increase in HDL levels, demonstrating hypolipidemic activity. There is concern that this herb is sometimes improperly substituted for Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) in herbal preparations.