What are the Uses and Health Benefits of Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)?
Great Information Shared by Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda)
Interviewer: Good Morning Doctor Vikram
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Good Morning!!
Interviewer: Today we are again here for discussion about some very you can say good herbs. And one of the main herb for today is Tribulus. This Gokshura, so please explain about this Gokshura.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Gokshura is, in Sanskrit it is called Gokshura, and so it is now a day's very popular called Tribulus terrestris. Very popular worldwide for body building. And for its role in as a sex stimulant and aphrodisiac. So in Ayurveda Charak in 1500 BC, some people they say 1500 BC. There was text written by Charak it was a saint called Charaka. He mentioned through so many basic book on ayurveda he did wrote so 1500 BC, some people they say 1500 BC, some people they say 500 BC. So in those ancient time also we mentioned this herb called Gokshura. Tribulus terrestris. Tribulus terrestris this is the herb which I have brought with me, you see this herb, this grows almost all over the planet. And except the northern hemisphere in northern countries like Russia, in Canada.
Interviewer: Very small these and having some fruits.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: This is plant form zygophyllaceae family, you see this is the fruit. These are fruits, like they are full of thorns. They are called puncture vine in English. Because they can puncture the, they called Puncture vine. And animals they graze in the field they can get puncture in their feet.
Interviewer: So this part is useful or the whole plant is useful.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: The whole plant is useful and they are the fruits are mainly used.so whole plant can also be used but mainly the fruit is used. In ayurveda we only use fruit. So it is called, it is part of so many preparations in ayurveda specially for increasing the strength and stamina. In ayurveda, in a bhavprakash nighantu which was a text in 17th century very old text 300-400 yrs. ago. And he mentioned bhavprakash mentioned this is very good aphrodisiac. Good for sexual weakness, good for stamina, even I was looking at internet and finding there are so many companies making products of Tribulus.
Interviewer: Ya I also seen. Many websites they are selling.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: They are selling Tribulus for increasing sexual performance. For increasing stamina and for muscle gain and I don't think these claims are false. In ayurveda it is mentioned that this Tribulus is balya. Balya means stamina promoting, increasing the stamina, it is mentioned it is vrishya, vrishya means it can increases the sexual capacity of a man. Works as an aphrodisiac. So the if we look from Ayurvedic perspective it is very good herb for sexual stamina boosting. And it is mentioned in ayurveda it is good as a natural diabetic also, it clears the toxins, good for promotion of stamina. Kidney problem also it is useful, in kidney stones also very useful.it act as a urinary alkalizer also. Takes out the excessive water also without causing any electrolyte imbalance.
Interviewer: So many people these days selling it like a you can say supplement which is a similar to Viagra. Is it a truth?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Viagra is entirely different, Viagra causes so many side effects also. But it does not work like a Viagra. It does not cause instant reaction or instant effect. So regularly it can be used for longer period of time. And it works like or it increases all over sexual performance. Works in premature ejaculation, works even in a erectile dysfunction but it slowly and steadily it maintains, it rejuvenate the whole system so the stamina built by this Tribulus is longer lasting. Viagra is just a temporary thing.
Interviewer: Patient like having impotent and low sperm count. is it useful for them also?
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: It very useful for low sperm count, the sperm count they increase many fold, in impotency, in infertility of males, in low sperm count it is very useful. All the herbs which are according to ayurveda which are having sheet virya, madhur rasa sweet in taste and in potency which is cooling in nature. It doesn't produce heat. It is cooling in nature in ayurveda. Modern there are so many studies coming up and so many people they think that it may produce heat or something but in Ayurveda it is mentioned clearly it is sheetal virya dravya. It having cooling properties. So it is cooling in nature and also promotes strength as I told you.
Interviewer: Okay one more question DR Vikram is it useful for male only or females can also use this herb.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Females can also use it for as a diuretic. But usually we don't give it to females, for females we give Punarnava. But mainly we give this to males only.
Interviewer: So are there any planet ayurveda products having this herb.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Yes there are some combination, like this Tribulus power is there, we have change label now a days. This Tribulus power is there it contains 500 mg Tribulus terrestris extract. Containing 40% saponins, because saponins are the main marker, basically it is a marker how much saponins should be there that is important. 20-40 % usually people they use but we use 40 %. This is the powder form, powder form we have not used any fancy body building people and muscle man. They used only this I have put this herb on the label. Tribulus herb. It contains Tribulus and some other herbs also about 10-12 herbs for improving stamina.
Interviewer: So Tribulus is main herb in this.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Tribulus is also there, ashwagandha is there Indian ginseng which is. Ashwagandha, musli is there, musli is also very famous for stamina and strength. And this Shatavari is there, kaunch is there.
Interviewer: So this Atirasadi is very good for male sexual health improvers.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: you know saffron is also there and another one is male support I think. This one Male Support Formula contains ashwagandha, Tribulus, and shilajit. Shilajit is also.
Interviewer: All three are present in it.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Male support and Tribulus in Tribulus power. So this is about this Gokshura, Tribulus terrestris. There is another variety called Pedalium Murex, is its Latin name.
Interviewer: Is this something similar to this.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: it is something similar. It is growing in south India, southern part along the beaches so many people they use that herb instead of this. So it is very important to recognize which herb should be used and proper certificate of analysis should be there. Proper analysis should be done.
Interviewer: So these both have similar effect or only this Tribulus terrestris is useful.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: No if the saponins levels are same and then both have almost similar effect. But we use this one. This one having little bit better effect.
Interviewer: Thank you very much Dr. Vikram for sharing this very important piece of information with us. Thank you.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan: Thank you