Tribulus is a plant that produces fruit covered with spines. Rumor has it that tribulus is also known as puncture vine because its sharp spines can flatten bicycle tires. People use the fruit, leaf, and root as medicine.
People use tribulus for conditions such as chest pain, eczema, enlarged prostate, sexual disorders infertility, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Possibly Effective for erectile dysfunction.
Possibly Ineffective for Athletic performance. Taking tribulus by mouth, alone or with other herbs and supplements, doesn't seem to enhance body composition or exercise performance in athletes.
Insufficient Evidence for
angina). Early research shows that taking tribulus extract by mouth might reduce symptoms of angina.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis). Taking tribulus by mouth in combination with 9 other herbs might reduce redness and skin outbreaks in adults and children with a certain type of eczema.
However, some research shows no benefit.
Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Early research shows that taking a supplement containing tribulus and curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) for 12 weeks improves symptoms similar to the prescription drug tamsulosin in men with an enlarged prostate. Other early research shows that taking a supplement containing tribulus, brown algae, chitosan, and saw palmetto for 2 months improves symptoms and quality of life in men with lower urinary tract symptoms, with or without BPH.
Erectile dysfunction (ED). The effect of tribulus for erectile dysfunction is unclear. Some early research shows that taking tribulus for 3 months improves erections and sexual satisfaction in men with and without a condition called partial androgen deficiency. Men with this condition often have ED. Other early research shows that taking a supplement containing tribulus, brown algae, and chitosan for 3 months improves sexual satisfaction, desire, ability to ejaculate, and sexual quality of life in men with ED. However, other research shows that taking tribulus for 30 days does not improve erections in men with ED.
Muscle damage caused by exercise. Early research shows that taking tribulus for 2 weeks before intense exercise might reduce some muscle damage caused by exercise.