Tribulus terrestris or Gokshura plant usually grows in dry climate locations in which few other plants can survive.
In other languages it is called as :
Sanskrit : Gokshuraka, Trikata, Svadamshtra, Traikantaka
Assamese : Gokshura, Gukhurkata
Bengali : Gokshura, Gokhri
English : Caltrops
Gujrati : Be tha gokharu, Nana gokharu, Mithogokharu
Hindi : Gokhru
Kannada : Sannanaggilu, Neggilamullu, Neggilu
Kashmiri : Michirkand, Pakhda
Malayalam : Nerinjil
Marathi : Sarate, Gokharu
Oriya : Gukhura, Gokhyura
Punjabi : Bhakhra, Gokhru
Tamil : Nerinjil, Nerunjil
Telugu : Palleru
Urdu : Khar-e-Khasak Khurd
It has many common names, including bindii, bullhead, burra gokharu, caltrop, cat’s head, devil’s eyelashes, devil’s thorn, devil’s weed, goathead, Puncture Vine, Puncturevine, tackweed.
Its Sanskrit name is Go (cow) and Kshura (razor or barb). This name was derived because the small thorns tend to get stuck on grazing animals. In Ayurveda, it is believed to contribute to overall physical, as well as sexual, strength by building all the tissues, especially sukra dhatu (reproductive tissue). It is known to be useful in BHP, and believed to be useful in kidney, bladder, urinary tract and uro-genital related conditions, where it is said to act as a diuretic.
Gokshura extract is high in Nitrates and oils in in fruits help passage of urine without blockages.
Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura for boosting sexual strength in men
Take 2 spoons of Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura fruit powder (dried) with 200 ml warm milk every night after dinner.
This helps increase the body’s natural testosterone levels and thereby improve male sexual performance and help build muscle.
Body builders in ancient India used to take this as a supplement during post cycle therapy or “PCT” .
Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura seeds to control Hairfall
Powdered seeds of Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura, Sesame flowers, Honey, Cow Ghee should be mixed in equal quantities and apply on scalp in areas where excess hairfall is noticed.
This mixture can be washed off after 1 hour with a mild shampoo.
Repeating this method thrice a week will not produce new hair but will definitely stop existing hair from falling off.
Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura (Goathead) fruit syrup to cure Rheumatic Pain
Boil equal quantities of Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura fruits powder and Dried Ginger (Sonti) and boil them in water until you extract a syrup.
Take 50-100 ml (depending on your pain levels) of this syrup every morning on empty stomach to get rid of Rheumatoid arthritis, knee and back pains.
Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura as Diuretic
Boil Gokshura fruits powder with milk and sugar.
250 ml of this milk taken in the night will reduce pain during urination.
If you experience pain due to stones blocking urine, take Gokshura seeds powder (6 gms) with 1 spoon honey and 1 cup of sheep’s milk every morning or night for 7 days.
If you experience burning sensation during urination, boil Gokshura powder in water and add ‘Yavakshara‘ (crude potassium carbonate) in it and consume 10-20 ml of this mixture every morning.
Potassium Carbonate in Yavakshara will help free passage of urine and also act as antacid and help with free bowel movements.
Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura has also been part of traditional chinese medicine bai ji li (白蒺藜) and in Unani medical system with urdu name Khar-e-Khasak Khurd.
Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura syrup is also known to have good positive effect in Postmenopausal Women With Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) when used to 4 months.