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Organic Gokhru (Organic Tribulus Terrestris)

Organic Gokhru (Organic Tribulus Terrestris)

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  • Common Name : Gokshura
  • Other Name : Land Caltrops, Chhota Gokhru.
  • Botanical Name : Tribulus Terrestris


Tribulus terrestris  is an  annual plant  in the caltrop family (Zygophyllaceae) widely distributed around the world, that is adapted to grow in dry climate locations in which few other plants can survive. In  Ayurvedic  pharmacology, tribulus terrestris is used as a powder form of the aerial parts, particularly the fruits, and it is known in  Sanskrit  as  gokshura, meaning the "cow's hoof", possibly because the small thorns tend to get stuck on grazing animals. Nevertheless, an unrelated plant,  pedalium  is also known as  gokshura, more specifically as  bada gokshura  ("big cow's hoof"), whereas the  gokshura  proper is referred to as  chhota gokshura  ("small cow's hoof"). The two herbs are often found mixed in powder blends used.

Gokshura  is believed to contribute to overall physical, as well as sexual, strength by building all the tissues, especially shukra dhatu (reproductive tissue) but it is not considered as a particular vajikarana (sexual functions) herb. It is believed to be useful in kidney, bladder, urinary tract and uro-genital related conditions, where it is said to act as a diuretic.

One chemical compound found in  T. terrestris  is  protodioscin  (PTN).  Also,  T. terrestris  was shown to have strong inhibitory activity on  COX-2. Two  alkaloids  commonly found in  Tribulus terrestulis  are the  beta-carboline  alkaloids  harman  (harmane) and  norharman  (norharmane). Another  phytosterol  that is found in  T. terrestris  is called  hecogenin. Hecogenin has application in the synthesis of  11-oxaethisterone.