Gokshura according to ayurveda
The herb is known as gokshru (go is cow and kshru hoof) in Sanskrit because of the shape of each of the fruit’s cocci, which resemble the hoof of a cow. The corrupted form of this name in Indian languages is gokhru. In the western countries it is commonly known as Puncture Vine or Caltrop fruit.
The fruit is mainly used as a single entity in various recipes, whereas the root is an ingredient of a preparation called Dashmul (see amalaki). In Ayurveda, the fruit is considered to be cooling in effect, having diuretic, tonic and aphrodisiac properties. It is mainly used in the form of an infusion for painful micturition, calculus affections, urethral discharges, impotence, gout, kidney diseases and kidney stones. Plant and dry spiny fruits are also used for spermatorrhea, phosphaturia, urinary incontinence, Bright’s disease, nephritis and inﬂammation of the kidney.
Gokshura according to ayurveda
As an anabolic agent
Some of the studies have indicated that Tribulus caused a 50 per cent increase in testosterone levels and improved reproductive function. The active constituents of the fruit had a stimulating effect on immune, sexual and reproductive systems, with improved muscle building, stamina and endurance. It also caused a reduction in cholesterol. It altered moods and imparted a feeling of well-being. Tribulus as a liver tonic breaks down the cholesterol and fats that inhibit healthy liver function. The cholesterol and fats are converted to hormones and energy, resulting in increased performance and stamina, which is very beneﬁcial to body builders. It also causes a positive nitrogen balance and early recovery from muscular stress.
Gokshura is very beneficial in curing urinary diseases and kidney stones. Regular consumption of Gokshura can easily relieve a person from bladder problems and diuretic ailments. The diuretic activity of Gokshura is well utilized through a lot of formulations. It has a cleansing effect on the urinary bladder. This is because Gokshura is filled with lithotryptic activity which helps in regulating the functioning of the urinary system.
Useful for women suffering from PCOS
potential Simultaneous administration of 200 mg/kg/day of Tribulus extract and gentamycin to female rats decreased gentamycin-induced renal damage in both structural and functional terms. The effect was comparable to verpamil.
Gokshru 121 of the urinary bladder, which were altered during the process of stone formation, were also normalized by the plant extract .
As a sexual stimulant
A new preparation Tribestan had a stimulative effect on the sexual system. The active components are steroidal saponins of furostanoic type .Oral administration of saponin terrestrioside F in male rats increased libido and sexual response. In females the compound potentiated oestrus and increased fertility .
Helps cures heart problems
The aqueous extract had a potent stimulant effect on heart muscles in a hypodynamic state . The aqueous extract, the ethanol water extract 30 per cent, and ethanol extract of the fruit produced hypotensive effect in anaesthetized animals . The total steroidal sapogenins have shown antisclerotic properties . The alkaloid produced a slight rise in blood pressure and an increase in kidney secretions. When coronary heart disease patients were treated with saponins, the total efﬁcacious rate of remission in angina pectoris was 82.3 per cent. The saponins dilated coronary arteries, improved coronary circulation and had the effect of improving ECG of myocardial ischaemia. It had no adverse effect on renal, blood or hepatic systems and thus is a drug of choice to treat angina pectoris .
Effect on central nervous system
Gokshura is an excellent medication for disorders related to prostate glands. It also cures urinary problems or infections caused due to prostate disorders. It rejuvenates and cleanses the organs present inside the lower abdomen.
The extract of the herb inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli