*Gokshura gets its name from its thorny fruits, which cows encounter in the grassy fields. Gokshura whole plant flushes urinary bladder and the fruit promotes sexual performance in men. It has cleansing properties and also an excellent anti-inflammatory, making it an immunity-boosting herb. Gokshura supports in building muscles and can be used by the elderly for combating muscle shrinkage.
*Benefits include maintaining normal water balance, eliminates excess fluids, supports heart function, promotes the formation of muscle tissues, supports a healthy urinary system, promotes reproductive health, and supports a healthy kidney.
Suggested Use: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in powdered form, once or twice daily or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Tribulus Terrestris
Family – Zygophyllaceae
English Names – Puncture Vine, Small Caltrops, Cow Hage
Gokshura is a small prostate growing up to 60 cm in height. Its leaves are opposite, paripinnate with 5 – 8 pairs. Its fruits are stellate in shape, rounded and have five corners and are greenish-yellow in color containing spines. Tips of spines are arranged in pairs forming a pentagonal framework. The seeds are oily. The root is thin, fibrous, cylindrical and branched. Root is up to 18 cm long and 0.5 cm in diameter.
Physical and chemical properties of Gokshura –
Taste – Sweet
Quality – Heavy to digest, unctuous
Potency – Cold
Post Digestive effect – Sweet
Bhavaprakasha – Guduchyadi Varga
गोक्षुरः शीतलः स्वादुर्बलकृद्बस्तिशोधनः |
मधुरो दीपनो वृष्यः पुष्टिदश्चाश्मरीहरः |
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