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Nature's Temple / Tribulus

Tribulus

(Tribulus terrestris)

Parts Used: Fruit or Leaf

Active Constituents:

Protodioscin, diosgenin, tribulosin, yamogenin, epismilagenin, tigogenin, neotigogenin, gitogenin and neogitogenin, terrestrinins A (1) and B (2).  Beta-sitosterol, vitamin C, potassium and calcium have been isolated from the fruit. The alkaloids harmane and norharmane have been identified.

Main Actions:

  • Diuretic
  • Demulcent
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Tonic

Major Safety Issues:

Not recommended during pregnancy or lactation.  One case of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) upon digestion of the fruit has been reported.