Puncture Vine herb (Tribulus terestris)
Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 1-2 tsp per mug of boiling water, infuse covered for 10 minutes, drink up to 3 times a day.
Not advisable in pregnancy, diabetes and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Seek advice before using during breastfeeding, despite milk promoting properties (fenugreek is a good alternative).
Part used: Aerial parts and occasionally fruit
Habitat and Description: "Tribulus terrestris is a ground-hugging plant with spiny fruit, which grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Its fruit has been used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Tribulus terrestris is also called "puncture vine" for its sharp seeds. These seeds have been known to puncture bicycle tires. The plant has a history of being toxic to grazing animals such as sheep and goats. It can also cause a mechanical injury when animals step on its thorn-like seeds." (From the Natural Standard database)
Folklore and History: "Tribulus terrestris has a long history of use for a variety of conditions. It has been suggested that it was used in ancient Greece and India as a physical rejuvenation tonic. In China, it is used as a component of therapy for conditions affecting the liver, kidney, cardiovascular system and immune systems. It has also been used in Eastern European folk medicine for increased muscle strength and sexual potency. Despite its history of use, there is limited human data available in order to evaluate its clinical effectiveness." (Natural Standard database)
Constituents: Steroidal saponins & glycosides (diosgenin, tribulosin, cistocardin), amides, and alkaloids
Actions: Diuretic, astringent, stomachic, lithotropic, alterative, mild laxative, carminative, aphrodisiac, abortifacient, galactagogue, hepatorestorative, anti-inflammatory
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