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Botanical Agents

Tribulus Terrestris (Puncture vine fruit)

13 years, 8 months ago

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Posted on Dec 30, 2005, 8 p.m. By Bill Freeman

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Tribulus Terrestris has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The active ingredients are extracted from the fruits, which contain alkaloids, resins, tannins, saponins, sugars, sterols, essential oil, peroxidase, diastase, and glucoside. ROLE FOR ANTI-AGING: Tribulus Terrestris is a proven herbal remedy for depression, as Harmine, the main active ingredient of the plant, is a very effective mono-amine-oxidase-inhibitor (MAOI).

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Tribulus Terrestris has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The active ingredients are extracted from the fruits, which contain alkaloids, resins, tannins, saponins, sugars, sterols, essential oil, peroxidase, diastase, and glucoside.

ROLE FOR ANTI-AGING:

Tribulus Terrestris is a proven herbal remedy for depression, as Harmine, the main active ingredient of the plant, is a very effective mono-amine-oxidase-inhibitor (MAOI). Many antidepressants used in conventional medicine are MAOIs, which work by gradually increasing levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Research carried out in 2000 found that harmine may help to prevent brain cells from oxidative damage, thus Tribulus could be useful in treating a variety of brain disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease. High dopamine levels in men are known to stimulate the pituitary gland to release lutenizing hormones, which leads to an increase in testosterone levels. As recent studies have suggested that older men may benefit from hormone replacement therapy, the herb may be of benefit in this area. High dopamine levels also lead to an increased production of growth hormone, in both men and women. Some research has suggested that Tribulus Terrestris can dilate the coronary arteries; this property of the herb may make it useful for patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis.

THERAPEUTIC DAILY AMOUNT:

Follow dosage instructions on packaging.

MAXIMUM SAFE LEVEL: Not established

SIDE EFFECTS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Tribulus Terrestris should not be taken by pregnant women or children or by anyone with a psychosis, schizophrenia, or phaeochromocytoma. In addition, it should not be taken in combination with psychoactive medicines, such as tranquillisers, sedatives, stimulants, (including OTC decongestants like ephedrine) and antidepressants.

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