TRIBULUS TERRESTRIS: Benefits, Uses and Virtues of Tribulus Terrestris? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects of Tribulus? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other Plants, and more Information on Tribulus Terrestris.

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestris) is an extremely powerful medicinal plant with a strong effect on testosterone and everything associated with it (libido, good mood, muscle building, restorative sleep, protection of the cardiovascular system, pain reduction…) It is also famous among athletes because it significantly increases endurance and is anabolic (and has helped Bulgarian athletes to win numerous sporting competitions without running into problems with anti-doping controls). The plant, especially its fruit, has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as in Ayurvedic medicine (India) for more than 3,000 years.

Tribulus Terrestris: Medicinal properties

Testosterone – Libido – Endurance

force– increases endurance (+++) (very good combination with Ginseng and Rhodiola)
– powerful aphrodisiac, stimulates libido for men (+++) and for women (++)
– increases physical strength (+++) (synergy with Maca)
– promotes muscle gain, natural anabolic (+++)
– regulates the production of testosterone (+++) (but Tribulus does not necessarily increase it)
– restores strength and courage (++) (excellent combination with Maca)
– reduces erectile dysfunction (+++) (excellent combination with Maca)
– increases fertility in men, and the production of spermatozoa (+++)
– increases concentration of hormones in women, which promotes ovulation and libido (+++) (excellent combination with Maca)
– increases speed of recovery after physical effort (+++)
– reduces problems during menopause and andropause (++)

Stress – Nervousness – Insomnia

stress– balances the nervous system (+++) (excellent combination with Ginseng and Rhodiola)
– promotes deeper, more restorative sleep (+++) (synergy with Ashwaganda)
– nervousness, irritability, agitation (++)
– promotes good mood (++)
– combats the symptoms of light depression (++)
– psychic or physical dependance, withdrawal symptoms (++)
– reduces and combats stress (++) (synergy with Ginseng, Rhodiola)
– improves recovery from sports during sleep (+++)

Heart – Blood pressure – Blood circulation


– protects from cardiovascular disease (++)
– reduces blood pressure problems (++)
– balances different cardiac functions (++) (synergy with Rhodiola)
– cardioprotective, protects the heart (++) (excellent combination with Rhodiola)
– reduces high blood pressure (+) (synergy with Garlic)
– converts bad fats in the blood into available energy (++)
– treatment for cholesterol (++)
– treatment for diabetes (+)
– improves blood circulation (++)


Immune system – Liver, Kidneys, Prostate

immunité– stimulates and strengthens the immune system (++)
– combats unexplained chronic fatigue (++)
– general tonic (traditional usage)  (++)
– lack of strength and energy (+++)
– protects from diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system (++)
– protects from coronary disease (++)
– stimulates and protects the liver and kidneys (++) (traditional usage)
– protects the prostate and urinary system (++) (traditional usage)
– converts fats into readily available energy (++)
– fights against various throat and mouth inflammations (++)
– promotes weight gain, combats emaciation (++)



Tribulus Terrestris: Origins

Tribulus Terrestris (Tribulus terrestris L.) originated in the two most ancient medicines in the world: Ayurvedic medicine (India) and traditional Chinese medicine. The plant has been used for more than 3,000 years. Its different effects on the body are well-known, and it enjoys a good reputation. Traditionally, it was used to combat diseases of the liver and kidneys, as well as urinary diseases. Today, however, the usage of Tribulus has evolved (especially in Europe, the United States and Canada), and it has come to be most broadly used as an aphrodisiac to stimulate the libido. The plant (especially its fruit) is also commonly used for its anabolic effect by bodybuilders because it promotes the building of muscle mass. Tribulus is considered by herbalists to be an excellent adaptogen (it adapts to the body’s different needs).

Tribulus Terrestris : Composition

Tribulus Terretris is composed of a large number of active elements including steroidal saponins, such as dioscin, diosgenin and protodioscin. These elements are behind the plant’s well-known beneficial effects on the libido, on fitness and on the building of muscle mass (natural anabolic). Tribulus also contains phytosterols: especially the beta-sitosterols that act on the different problems associated with the prostate, urinary and cardiovascular systems.

Tribulus Terrestris: Dosage

It is not recommended to take Tribulus Terrestris for prolonged periods of time (it is strongly advised to take breaks of at least one week every two weeks). The most common method of taking Tribulus is in the form of capsules, but it can also be taken in the form of mother tinctures. The effects of Tribulus Terrestris are generally felt after 3-4 days, but more rapidly when combined with other plants. These effects are relatively powerful and rapid. It is recommended to take 600-1200mg per day, preferably at midday or in the afternoon. Tribulus does not interfere with sleep when taken in the evening (unlike Ginseng or Maca), however it is nonetheless not recommended to be taken after 8pm. Ideally, the total should be divided into two doses across the day. In terms of the libido and physical fitness, Tribulus Terrestris is much more effective when combined with aphrodisiac plants such as Maca or Ginseng.

Tribulus Terrestris: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

Tribulus Terrestris is very effective for increasing endurance and promoting muscle building (natural anabolic). It is thus particularly recommended for active athletes, because testosterone helps to significantly increase endurance, as well as strengthening muscles (including the heart), which are stronger and more resistant during different forms of exertion (Tribulus has a natural anabolic effect). However, the benefits of Tribulus are not limited to that of a simple anabolic plant that increases endurance; the plant is also very effective against fatigue and lack of energy, as well as for balancing the nervous system. It is also recommended for people over 50 years of age (whether men or women) because it helps to reduce problems associated with andropause and menopause, as well as reinforcing the cardiovascular system and promoting deeper, more restorative sleep.

Tribulus Terrestris: Side-effects, contraindications

Tribulus Terrestris is a very powerful plant but does not have side-effects within the recommended dosage. It is a safe plant, as long as the need to take breaks between treatments (e.g. one week off to two weeks on) is acknowledged. It is not recommended to exceed a maximum of 1,200mg/day. The combination of stimulants such as coffee or Guarana, or medicines, with Tribulus should also be avoided, because no studies have been conducted to determine the possible interactions. In strong doses, Tribulus can damage the liver, the eye and its retina, but these are still unconfirmed hypotheses.

Tribulus Terrestris: Opinions of experts

Tribulus regulates the body’s different hormones (due to its action on the liver), especially the hormones associated with the reproductive system and sexuality. Tribulus Terrestris does not necessarily increase testosterone, but regulates it (unlike medicines such as Viagra or Cialis). Thus, if the level of testosterone is too high, Tribulus will force the body to reduce its production, whereas if it is too weak, Tribulus will greatly increase the production of testosterone in the body (from 20-30% extra, according to different scientific studies). This is why the plant is much less dangerous than medicines that increase the production of testosterone without limits.

Tribulus Terrestris: More information

Lack of testosterone can have an effect on the libido, as well as sleep, physical fatigue, and cardiovascular disease. Thus, Tribulus is particularly recommended for the elderly, or men and women over 50 years of age. Tribulus also has a powerful effect on the liver (liver tonic function), and thus helps with the regulation of hormones, as well as with converting fats into energy. In the 1980s, among Bulgarian athletes, weightlifters often used Tribulus to naturally increase their athletic capacities and to develop their muscular mass. This allowed Tribulus to gain its reputation as an anabolic plant in Europe and North America.

Tribulus Terrestris: Combination with other plants

Tribulus Terrestris combines extremely well with Maca (libido, strength, endurance, powerful aphrodisiac), as well as with Ginseng (libido, nervous balance, endurance, stress, restorative sleep), Ashwagandha (stress, restorative sleep, libido), Rhodiola (endurance, stress, nervous balance) Guarana (nervous stimulant, presence of mind and energy) and Spirulina for active athletes (endurance, good fitness).

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