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Gokshura: Tribulus terrestris

Increases the strength of the body

Ignites the digestive fire

Cleanses the urinary system

A Good Aphrodisiac Ayurvedic Herb
A good healer for fractured bones

Best Ayurvedic herb for Kidney Stones

Natural Dietary supplement for Diabetes

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Common Name:
Land caltrops (Eng.) or
Puncture wine (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Gokshura- As it pricks the feet of the cattle grazing in the grounds
  • Shwadanshtra- Means its spine are very sharp as if they are the canines of a dog
  • Swadukantaka- Means its spines are having the sweet taste
  • Trikantaka- Means in general its fruit has the three spines
  • Vanashringata- As its shape is similar to that of water chestnut
  • Chanadruma- Because its leaves give the looks of those of black gram
  • Ikshugandhika- Means it smells similar to sugarcane

Lt. Name:
Tribulus terrestris- Zygophylaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Madhura (Sweet)
  • Guna (Characteristics)- Guru (Heavy); Snigdha (Unctuous)
  • Veerya (Potency) - Sheeta (Cool and calm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect) - Madhura (Sweet)

Effect of Gokshura Powder on Tridoshas:

Gokhru Powder pacifies Vata and Pitta Doshas i.e. useful in management of diseases resulting from aggravation of Vata/ Pitta or both.

Home Remedial Uses of Gokshura Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Bala krut - It is recommended as the best and safest Dietary supplement for physical strength
  • Vasti shodhana - Generally Vasti is considered as the urinary bladder; but here it stands for the complete Urinary System. It is the best Ayurvedic herb for cleansing kidneys and other organs of urinary system.
  • Deepana - Even after being a pacifier of Pitta Dosha and with cold potency; it supports the working of digestive system and stimulates appetite.
  • Vrushya - Genital and urinary systems are closely associated with each other. It is the most unique characteristic of Gokhru that it is one of the best Aphrodisiac Ayurvedic herb along with a good dietary supplement for kidneys.
  • Pushtida - It is a good source of all the essential nutrients for the body which makes it an ideal herbal supplement for weight gain and body building.
  • Ashmari hara - It is one of the best natural remedy for kidney stones; it helps both in breaking the kidney stones as well as expelling it out of the body.
  • Prahema nuta - Prameha is a complex of metabolic diseases; Diabetes is one among these. Tribulus terrestris is one of the best Ayurvedic supplement for diabetes and to alleviate its complications.
  • Hrudroga nuta - Gokhru helps in maintaining adequate fluid level in the body which in turn alleviates any undue pressure from heart thus Tribulus terrestris is also a good remedy for heart diseases
  • Shwas kasa hara- Heart and the respiratory systems are closely associated with each other. So it is quite interesting to find Gokshura, a good dietary supplement for Asthma and cough
  • Arsha nuta - It is a natural herbal remedy for piles

Health Benefits of Gokshura Powder:

  • It is also claimed that Gokshura Powder increases testosterone by increasing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) which in turn stimulates the production of LH and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Testosterone, besides its role in muscle-building and raising fertility and libido, is also known to have a positive effect on bone marrow activity (for red blood cell production) and the immune system.
  • On the other hand, one recent study found that Gokshura Powder caused no increase in testosterone or LH in young men, and another found that a commercial supplement containing androstenedione and herbal extracts, including Gokhru Powder, was no more effective at raising testosterone levels than androstenedione alone. Supplement Watch does not consider that there is any scientific evidence for effectiveness in muscle building. It suggests that it may be beneficial for those whose testosterone is below normal, such as dieters and over trained athletes.
  • The active chemical in Gokshura Powder is likely to be protodioscin (PTN), a cousin to DHEA. In a study with mice, Gokhru was shown to enhance mounting activity and erection better than testosterone cypionate. This however, isn't as convincing as one might think. Although an OTC supplement outpacing a pharmaceutical is big news, testosterone cypionate is a synthetic ester of testosterone engineered for its longer activity. To be effective, its level must build up in the system of the animal using it. This process usually takes 2–3 weeks. The proerectile aphrodisiac properties were concluded to likely be due to the release of nitric oxide from the nerve endings innervating the corpus cavernosum penis.

Useful part of Gokshura:

Fruit; Roots

Doses of Gokshura:

Powder - 3-6 gms; Decoction - 50-100 ml

Some combinations of Gokshura Powder in Ayurveda:

Gokshuradi choorna; Gokshuradi guggulu; Gokshuradyavaleha; Dashmooladi kwatha; Gokshuradi kwatha

Best recommended Uses of Gokshura Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Gokshura is the best herb in painful urination and to pacify the aggravated Vata. (Charaka)
  • In kidney stones Gokhru seed powder should be taken with honey and goat milk. It results in crushing of stone within a week and the crushed stone comes out with urine. (Sushruta)
  • Gokshura powder should be taken with Ashwagandha powder and honey for respiratory discomfort and fluid retention. (Raja martanda)

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