Properties /Uses : Tribulus terrestris (TT) has long been used in the traditional Chinese and Indian systems of medicine for the treatment of various ailments and is popularly claimed to improve sexual functions in man In more specific, Tribulus is said to be in long history of use in the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of India. It is primarily considered an aphrodisiac, and diuretic. It is also boosts the production of testosterone.
Tribulus is a genus of plants found in many warm regions. It has a widespread use as a dietary supplement claimed to increase the body's natural testosterone levels and thereby improve male sexual performance and help build muscle.
The thorny fruit is said to have the maximum content of steroidal saponins. However, the whole plant is used in its dry form for extraction due to its feasibility.
Research on Tribulus has shown to enhance sexual behavior in some animal studies by stimulating androgen receptors in the brain.
Sexual behaviour were studied in both normal and castrated rats to further understand the role of TT containing protodioscin (PTN) as an aphrodisiac. significant. It is concluded that TT extract appears to possess aphrodisiac activity probably due to androgen increasing property of TT.