Gokshura or puncture vine: Tribulus terrestris increases testosterone levels
By Syed AkbarTribulus terrestris or Gokshura is a highly neglected weed that grows in dry and wastelands. Many consider it as an invasive weed and there have been several attempts indifferent parts of the world to eradicate it altogether. However, ancient Indian andChinese herbalists had recognised its medicinal importance and used it as an herbalformulation to treat a number of health issues. More importantly, Ayurveda and Unani doctors prescribe it as a natural aphrodisiac that improves the testosterone levels andfights infertility and erectile dysfunction in men. With its secret medicinal valuesbeing revealed of late, Tribulus is increasingly used even in allopathy and sportsmedicine. Tribulus, also called puncture vine because its spiny seeds are capable of causing flattyres in bicycles, increases the body muscles making one look stronger and highlymuscular. This herb is not prescribed for pregnant women as it is capable of causingsevere complications including miscarriage. Gokshura is often prescribed as an appetizer,laxative, general tonic, to fight common cold and cough, intestinal worms, asthma, urinary problems, and ulcers in the stomach. Tribulus is a good diuretic (promotes urine)and applied externally for relief from joint pains in arthritis. There have been several instances of sportspersons using Tribulus to improve theirperformance in national and international sporting events. Tribulus is available aspowder or alcoholic extract in any leading herbal shop. Gokshura is known to promotegynaecomastia (increase in breast size in men). It is used in combination with otherherbs to treat itching, high blood pressure and to maintain hormone levels in womensuffer from hormonal imbalance due to premenstrual or menopausal syndromes. -------------------------- Home remedies -------------------------- Gokshura, also popular as caltrops, can be used as an herbal tea to tone up the bodysystem. Gokshura powder available in herbal shops can be used to prepare Gokshura tea athome. Since it stimulates testosterone, the male hormone, problems like sexual weaknesscan be over come through Gokshura tea. Alternatively one can prepare infusion from theGokshura powder. Gokshura powder can be prepared at home. Take the Gokshura plant, wash it properly anddry it. Once it is dry and free of impurities, make it into fine powder in a mixer andsieve it to remove any rough particles. The decoction obtained from it can be used forrelief from kidney stones. Ayurvedic and Unani doctors prescribe a particular daily intake limit of Gokshura powderor extract if it is taken as a home remedy. You may try readily available formulations toensure that correct dosage is taken for the given problem. Body-builders may try Gokshura preparation to tone up muscles and obtain the athleticlook. Gokshura churnam is available in the market. Those who cannot make Gokshura powder athome, may purchase readymade Gokshura churnam. The churnam is made combining other herbsin prescribed quantities for quick results.