Gokshura {Tribulus terrestris}

Gokshura or Bindii or Caltrop

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Good for pacifying Vata
  2. Taste – Sweet
  3. Energetics – Cooling
  4. Main Traditional Action: Diuretic, supports shukra dhatu and formation of soma, good for the bladder and genitourinary tract 
  5.  Other Traditional Uses: Increases digestion and metabolic activity, uterus tonic, analgesic, helpful for mild heart and respiratory problems

 

Modern Research

There are a number of studies on the plant and its components on its effects on male and female hormones and infertility and sexual behavior. Other studies have examined its antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, chemopreventive,  antihypertensive, vasodilator, and antihyperlipidemia effects as well as on its activity on the apoptosis of cortical neurons induced by hypoxia-reoxygenation,  mercuric chloride induced nephrotoxicity , melanocyte-stimulating hormone expression in hair follicles, protective effects in diabetes, inhibitory effects on alpha-glucosidase in the small intestines, and as a COX-2 inhibitor.

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