Tribulus terrestris plant for Herbal Naturopathy: properties, benefits, uses, side effects

Tribulus terrestris is a plant used in phytotherapy for the treatment of some pathologies related to the sexual sphere. Rich in saponins, it is effective as a stimulant to the production of hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, which regulate libido. Let’s find out better.

Properties and benefits of Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is a plant rich in saponins concentrated mostly in the leaves and seeds in the form of protodioscin. Protodioscin has a stimulating action on the production of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and other typically male hormones. 

All these hormones are useful not only to men but also to women, as they intervene in the regulation of libido, muscle characteristics and muscle development.

Precisely for this reason Tribulus terrestris is attributed aphrodisiac properties useful for improving fertility in both sexes.  

Protodioscin appears to be effective not only for the treatment of impotence and other disorders of the sexual sphere, but also for some cardiovascular diseases and abdominal swelling.

Tribulus terrestris is a plant with a beneficial action both for the liver (acts as a tonic) and for the immune system (it stimulates its action).

Furthermore, its use is recommended in case of intense sporting activity because it increases endurance and transforms fat and cholesterol into energy. 

Furthermore, this plant is an excellent remedy against disorders and diseases of the kidneys and in case of problems, such as inflammation and infections, of the urinary tract. 

How to use

Tribulus terrestris can be taken in the form of supplements that can be purchased without a prescription.

On the packages are indicated methods and times of administration, the only precaution always valid is to take it during meals. 

Contraindications of Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is generally well tolerated, however it is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Furthermore, immunosuppressed patients should avoid taking it.

Tribulus terrestris description and habitat

Tribulus terrestris is a plant of the Zygophyllaceae family.

It has a herbaceous habit, with stems covered with thorns, small leaves and yellow flowers.

It is native to Africa but can also be found in other areas with a warm climate and stony soils in Europe, India and Australia. 


Tribulus terrestris, also known as puncture vine, has been used since ancient times, both in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, against impotence and to reduce abdominal swelling. 

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