Puncture Vine (Tribulus terrestris)
Commonly used parts: Whole plant
It is commonly used as a dietary supplement by bodybuilders to restore the body to its’ natural level of testosterone. Animal studies in rats, rabbits and primates have found that administration of Tribulus terrestris extract can produce statistically significant increases in levels of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone and also increases aphrodisiac activity. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it contributes to overall physical and sexual strength by building all the tissues, especially shukra dhatu (reproductive tissue).rbs.
Tribulus terrestris, more commonly known as the Puncture Vine, is an annual plant in the Caltrop Family (Zygophyllaceae). The plant is widely distributed around the world, and is adapted for growth in arid climates, where few plants can survive. It is used by by bodybuilders to restore the body’s natural testosterone levels after they have completed a steroid cycle. The extract is claimed to increase the body’s natural testosterone levels and thereby improve male sexual performance and help build muscle. Its purported muscle-building potential was popularized by American IFBB bodybuilding champion Jeffrey Petermann in the early 1970s.