Herbs of India

Indian Herb : Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris).


Gokshura – the amazing ayurvedic herb will change your life completely. In Ayurveda, Gokshura is known as effective Rasayana for rejuvenation of your health. This means it is an ayurvedic medicine used for the rejuvenation of a person’s health.

Most of us are turning to Ayurveda these days to get rid of numerous diseases. If you have been looking for an Ayurvedic herb that could end all your problems, then your search ends here.

It is a well-known medicine used for restoring functions of the kidney. It ensures proper regulation of urinary composition.

Gokshura is one of the widely accepted medicines in Ayurvedic medicine system. It is used for its great ability to increase Luteal Hormone in men and women. Luteal Hormone leads to increased testosterone.

Gokshura (better known as Gokru) is a wonder herb having extraordinary medicinal qualities. It is known as an aphrodisiac. However, it has used extensively relieving Uro-genital system diseases.

General Details

The Botanical name of the plant is Tribulus Terrestris.

In English, it is known as Tribulus or puncture wine.

Gokshura is also used in Unani under the Urdu name Khar-e-Khasak Khurd, and the medium is referred to as Khar-e-Khasak Kalan. Its administration is similar to the Ayurveda tradition.

It belongs to the Zygophyllaceae of plants.

Go means ‘Cow’. This herb has its fruit like spines, which spread on the ground and pierce the feet of a cow, hence the name ‘Gokshura’.

Characteristics Of Gokshura

Characteristics Of Gokshura

  1. The Gokshura fruit is spiky and looks somewhat like cow’s cloven hoof and therefore is named after it.
  2. The shrub is thorny and grows in sandy wasteland areas.
  3. The leaves of the plant are oblong shaped.
  4. The flowers of Gokru are pale yellow in colour.
  5. The fruits are globular shaped and have two pairs of spines.
  6. It is antimicrobial in nature.
  7. Gokru is known to have both nutritive and cleansing properties.
  8. It is generally found in two varieties – small and big.
  9. The Gokshura tree is short in height. It grows a persistent fruit in the winter season. Commonly found in all forests.

Properties Of Gokshura

Gokshura has an anti lithiatic feature which means it prevents the growth of kidney stones.

It is anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-hypertensive, anti-gout, and is the muscle relaxant.

Also, the herb is adaptogenic in nature.

Ayurvedic Properties

The RASA or taste is MADHURA or sweet.

The GUNA which is qualities is GURU or heavy to digest.

The SNIGDHA or texture is unctuous, oiliness.

The post digestive effect or VIPAKA is a taste conversion to sweet after digestion.

The VEERAYA or action is SHITALA or cooling.

The DHATU or tissues are plasma, blood, muscle, fat, nerve.

The SROTA or channels are urinary, respiratory, reproductive.

It is also effective on doshas and balances the Vata dosha, Pitta dosha and Kapha Disha.

Nutritious Value Of Gokshura

The different parts of the whole Tribulus plant contain a number of chemical constituents that have both curative and nutritive values.

The Leaves contain calcium carbonate, iron, protein, etc which are helpful in the strengthening of bones.

Gokshura’s Seeds carry fat, harmine, protein etc.

The Fruits of the herb contains oleic acid, stearic acid and glucose properties.

These plant parts are used either individually or in a combination.

Parts Of Gokshura Those Are Very Beneficial

The whole plant, Seeds, Root & Fruits are useful

The fruits of Gokshura are used in herbal medicine. They are collected when they grow mature and are dried for later use. The young shoots and leaves are boiled and used as a vegetable.

Where Can You Find This Herb?

This medicinal herb is distributed all over in the Himalayas.

Healing Powers And Curative Properties

Health Benefits Of Gokshura

As it contains some excellent properties, it is extensively used for medicinal purpose. It is used as the treatment for various diseases. Following are the benefits and uses of Gokshura

1. Treats Urinary Disorder

Gokshura is helpful for curing diseases related to the urinary tract.

Effective treatment for most urinary tract disorders as it works in the following way:

  • Promotes flow of urine
  • Has a soothing effect on the membranes of the urinary tract
  • Works to stop the bleeding

Gokshura is considered as a rejuvenating herb for the urinary system. Tribulus is useful for curing many venereal diseases as Gonorrhea, Phosphaturia.

It aids in treating urinary tract infections, bladder infections etc. by effectively flushing toxins out of urinary systems.

The infections generally have a symptom of burning sensation in urine.

Getting rid of bleeding and painful urination is also possible by Tribulus’ proper intake.

It maintains the healthy flow of urine, as it has antilithiatic properties.

2. For Curing Burning Sensation In Urine

You can follow the method to get rid of burning sensation  in urine


Take Gokshura powder and crude potassium carbonate

Boil the mixture and consume 10-20 ml every morning.

(Potassium carbonate act as antacid and will help in clearing passage of urine).

3. For Pain Reduction During Urination


Boil Tribulus fruit (powder) with milk and sugar.

Take 250ml of this mixture at night before going to sleep for effective results.

Thus, these method help in the healthy flow of urine.

2. Treats Gall Bladder And Its Stones

The bark of Gokshura is astringent. It serves as a tonic and anthelmintic. Gokru is very useful in treating Gallbladder disorders.

It is very effective in reducing or preventing any stone formation in a gall bladder.

3. Kidney

Gokshura is one of Ayurveda’s reliable herbs for the treatment of kidneys. It helps in removing stones from the kidneys.

It nourishes and strengthens the kidneys.

kidney stones, and another renal colic can also be effortlessly cured by Gokru. This is because Gokshura increases the flow of fluids in the urinary tract. It scrapes the urinary channel walls of debris without any irritation. Also, it nourishes the cells of the walls simultaneously.

The herb helps in preventing kidney stones or reducing their size. It breaks kidney Stones.

Techniques And Dosage

For pain due to kidney stone

Gokshura seed (powder) + honey(1spoon) + sheep’s milk(1 cup)

You can intake this mixture one time in a day for seven days to get rid of kidney stones.

4. Sexual Disorder

Gokshura is known to increase the following in human beings:

  • Libido of both men and women
  • Increase fertility and lactation
  • Increase sperm production and treat impotence.
  • It helps in enhancing the energy and boosts your vitality.

Usage of Gokshura makes you feel strong and healthy. Gokshura is a valuable Ayurvedic product and is used as a sex boosting mechanism.

It is used as a remedy for male impotence.

The herb is a powerful aphrodisiac which is effective in improving libido.

It efficiently improves sexual activities in male and female bodies. Therefore, helping in the treatment of sexual disorders like impotence and infertility.

It also drastically improves the quality of semen. If you face trouble in your sex life due to the problem of low libido, then this magical medicine is the right choice for you.

According to a study, Gokshura extract improves the low testosterone level to its normal state. Thereby, it is used for restoring normal sex life.

The Main Advantages Of This Herbal Product Are

Thus, Gokshura does not directly discharge any hormone

It stimulates your natural hormone production

It maintains the normal level of testosterone

Helps the person to achieve a normal sex life

Gokshura also rejuvenates the uterus and gonads.

5. Works As A Skin Cleanser

Many of you might be facing problems of breakout and acne. These are difficult to deal with.

Gokshura is useful in cases of the Skin eruptions, inflammation, itching sensation or irritation, hives and healing the wounds on the skin.

Dermatological problems such as irritations , itchiness, and eruptions of skin can efficaciously be cured by the herb.

6. Anti-Aging Agent

Gokshura’s regular intake makes you look younger and vanishes effects of age.

This is done by boosting up of libido in the body which helps to conquer the problems that occur during the ageing process.

Wrinkles, fine lines and other ageing problems like body degeneration can be fought with the help of Gokshura.

It іѕ аlѕο useful іn thwarting thе ravages οf aging.

Gokshura does nοt lеt уουr age affect уουr appearance. This аlѕο solves a number οf physiological problems linked wіth aging, such аѕ:

  • Muscular degeneration
  • Enhanced body fаt content
  • Wrinkles

7. Prostate Gland Disorders

Gokshura іѕ аlѕο known аѕ a superb medication fοr prostate gland disorders. It cures many urinary problems caused due tο prostate disorders.

It works to cleanse and rejuvenate the organs present within yουr lower abdomen.

8. Remedy For Heart Problems

Tribulus Terrestris is also known to increase the activity of the heart.

Gokshura іѕ useful fοr treating heart problems lіkе angina. It lowers thе risk οf heart attack. The herb brings down thе level of cholesterol in your body.

It has proven to be quite effective іn reducing уουr blood pressure level, hypertension, and blood sugar. Thіѕ herb аlѕο has antibiotic аnd antitumor properties.

Gokshura works as both diuretic and protective for the heart. A protective factor present in the herb makes it a good choice for curing heart diseases.

9. Brain Function

Gokshura contains MOA inhibitors which directly regulate the flow of serotonin. Serotonin is a key hormone that influences mental/emotional states.

The herb balances the release of this vital hormone in the brain and improves the moods of the mind.  It is used to get the following results:

  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Soothe headaches
  • Treat psychological imbalances

Treat serious mental conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

10. Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Polycystic Ovarian Disease causes female infertility.  Using Gokshura helps such patients to get rid of this disease.

It maintains the proper size and function of the prostate.

11. Fights Water Retention

Gokshura is a natural diuretic. Therefore, it helps in removing the additional amount of water present in the body. It removes excess water from the body by reducing the size of the cyst.

12. Gokshura Seeds Prevent & Control Hair Fall

Gokshura seeds are known to prevent & control hair fall. If you suffer from hair loss, using this will help a lot.


You can use the following remedy to control the hair fall.

  • Take Gokshura, Sesame flowers, Honey and Cow Ghee
  • Then mix these in equal quantities and apply on your scalp in areas where excess hair fall is noticed.
  • Thereafter, wash your hair after 1 hour of application with a mild shampoo.
  • Repeat this method thrice a week. This will stop hair fall.

13. Rheumatic Pain

It is also effective for arthritis and joint pains.

Gokshura is extensively used for a treatment of arthritis. It is the natural cure for this disease.

Gout, which is a form of acute arthritis, is also cured using this herb.

As it has muscle relaxing properties, it is used to reduce joint and muscle pain. It is also known to reduce swelling in joints and muscles.

  • To get rid of arthritis, knee and back pain, follow the remedy:
  • Boil equal quantities of Gokshura fruit (powdered) + dried ginger + water
  • Until You Get A Syrup Extracted.
  • Take this 50 to 100 ml in the morning on empty stomach

14. Stress/Headache

Gokshura soothes headaches and relieves stress as it contains MOA inhibitor. It provides great and quick relief from severe headache аnd migraines.

Therefore, it is used to treat psychological  imbalances and other chronic diseases like Parkinson’s Disease.

15. Strengthens Nervous System

The herbal medicine is found beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. It calms the nerves system.

16. Bodybuilding & Athletic

The herb is used as a supplement to gain strength and lean muscle. It is a natural anabolic. Tribulus has proven effective to enhance energy.

  • It is used to improve a muscle movement and provides energy.
  • The intake of muscle building purpose is about 5-8 days.
Fights Glucose Intolerance

Gokshura is known to have the ability to increase the capacity during workouts. It also helps females in strengthening their muscles, who are more involved in workouts.

17. Control White Discharge

As it is used to maintain a healthy reproductive system, it helps to control excessive white discharge in females.

18. Obesity

It is used as a cure for obesity as it is a natural diuretic. It also increases the strength for exercise which helps to burn fat in the body.

19. Menstruation

As it is a urine stimulant, it is known to regulate the menstrual cycle in females. It is also used in case of PCOD or PCOS.

Gokshura has hormone balancing effect that helps in the treatment of pre-menstruation and menopause.

20. Diabetes

It maintains healthy glucose levels in our blood, so it is used as a cure for diabetes.

It іѕ also useful fοr curing its two forms: Mellitus аnd insipid.

21. Bed Wetting

Many of mothers amongst you must be worried about the problem of bed wetting of your children. It may even cause infection. So, Gokshura is a natural remedy for controlling this problem.

22. Piles

As the herb possesses anti-inflammatory properties, so it is effectively used for piles and fistula.

23. Bone Marrow

Tribulus is well known to effect positively on bone marrow activity.

24. Improves Immunity

Gokshura helps in improving the immune system by producing healthy red blood cells.okshura іѕ known to revitalise уουr organs tο improve thе immunity.

25. Treats Eye Problem

Gokru is used in herbal various formulas to treat problems like eye problems, weak vision, and nervousness.

Because this herb’s habitat is dry, it stores a lot of minerals and other stuff for the survival. Therefore, this helps in the maintenance of your health.


It is known to reduce all the dosha that are mentioned below:

  • Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha Rasa (taste)
  • Virya (energy)
  • Cooling Vipaka (post-digestive effect)


Care should be taken  before consuming Gokshura in the following cases:

1. Pregnancy Or Breastfeeding

Pregnant women must not consume Gokru without consulting experts. Research has shown that Tribulus may harm fetal development.

The nursing mothers should also avoid it.

2. Allergies

Some people may suffer from allergic effects which include rashes, upset stomach etc.

3. Major Medical Surgeries

It should be consumed in prescribed quantities in case of medical surgeries.

4. Prostate Problems Or Prostate Cancer

A recent study has that Tribulus might make prostate conditions like benign prostate hypertrophy or prostate cancer worse.

Research also suggests that Tribulus can increase prostate weight.

5. Diseases At Higher Stages

Exceptional care must be taken when consumed with other high order medication.

Please consult your doctor/physician before consuming Gokshura in the following situations:

6. Don’t Eat Spine Covered Fruit

Eating the spine-covered fruit of Tribulus can be unsafe. According to a report, a serious lung problem has been linked to eating the fruit.

7. Diabetes

Tribulus may decrease blood sugar levels. The dose of diabetes medications needs to be adjusted by your doctor.

Tribulus supplements are known to be safe for consumption. They should be taken orally for a short span of time.

8. Surgery

Tribulus might affect sugar blood levels, and this shall interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery.

Therefore, one should stop the intake of Gokshura around two weeks before the surgery.

9. Hypertension Patients

These patients should also consume this medicine strictly under medical supervision or it may have adverse side effects.

10. Children

They are very sensitive and can be affected easily. So, Children should be given this medicine only after consulting a doctor. It should not be given in excess amount.

How Much Quantity Of Gokshura Should You Take?

Recommended Gokshura Dosage

The appropriate dose of Gokshura depends on several factors like your age, health, and other conditions.

One should always keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe. Following prescribed dosages is important.

You should always follow relevant directions on product labels. Please consult your doctor before using the product.


It is safe for long-term use to optimise health

You should use it for 2-3 months to treat the disease until symptoms are relieved.

General Intake Technique

Powdered Gokru can be consumed along with water or milk after moderate boiling.

It is generally taken 2 times a day. Although, expert consultancy is essential.

Gokhshura is available in the form of supplements which is prepared using the seeds and fruits of the herbs. These must be consumed only under medical supervision.

It is available in capsules and can be eaten as any other capsule.

One should take two teaspoons of Gokshura fruit powder (dried) mixed with warm milk. Bodybuilders used to intake this as a supplement during (PCT) post cycle therapy.

It is available in Patanjali, YogPeeth of Swami Baba Ramdevji.

Combinations Of Gokshura Powder With Other Herbal Powder

The Gokshura can be used with other Herbal powders and helps in treating various ailments

  • Gokshura +Guggal+ Punarnava+ Manjistha. This combination is useful in urinary problems. It helps to treat kidney infection.
  • Gokshura + Mucana+ Ashwagandha. This is used for treating male impotency and reproductive disorders.
  • Gokshura + Rose Petals Powder+ Shatavari+ Mustha Powder+ Saffron. This helps in curing gynecological problems.
  • Gokshura + Jatamansi+ Gotu Kola+ Brahmi. This herbal powder, when taken with milk strengthens the nervous system.
  • Gokshura +Gotu Kola Powder+ Manjistha+ Neem. This herb is good for treating skin problems.
  • Gokshura + Amla+ Guduchi, It is a tonic to enhance immunity.

You would certainly like to include it in your lifestyle to have a safe and healthy life free of diseases.

If you ask me, no other herb has so many benefits and qualities as many as Gokshura has. So go ahead and make your life better. Gokshura is what you need!

Thus, Gokshura is an amazing herb having great medicinal properties which can be used to fight against many diseases naturally.


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