Gokshura is used as a medicine which is also known as Chhotagokharu. It is especially used in the treatment of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Its botanical name is Tribulus terrestris which is also known as Gokshur in English. It belongs to the family Gigophyllaceae.
Originally, this drug originated in India, it is considered. It is widely found in India and Africa as well as in Asia, Middle East and parts of Europe. According to the International Journal of Home Science, various parts of Tribulus terrestris have many chemical components in which curative and nutrients are found. Its leaves contain calcium carbonate, iron, protein etc. which help in strengthening bones. The seeds of the Gokshura plant contain a lot of fat and protein and a good amount of oleic acid, stearic acid and glucose are found in its fruit.
This plant can be considered very beneficial for many physical ailments as well as skin and hair health. Gokhru plant is small. Which has yellow flowers. Its fruits are green in color. The flowers, fruits, seeds, twigs, leaves of this plant as well as its root can also be used to make medicines. Gokshura is a Sanskrit name and means “cow’s hoof”. Its fruit has small thorns on the top surface, due to which it may have been given this name. This plant can be grown in dry climate. This herb is used in Indian Ayurveda as well as traditional Chinese medicine. Its fruit has diuretic, sexual performance improvement and anti-oxidant properties. Apart from this, the roots of this drug can be used in the treatment of asthma, cough, anemia and internal inflammation. Also, the use of the ash of this plant can also be found beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.
Benefits of Gokhru
Because of its high medicinal properties, bunions can be used in the treatment of the following physical problems, including:
For healthy body
It can be a natural alternative to steroids due to its medicinal properties. The properties of which can increase muscle strength and help improve body composition.
To overcome mental health disorders
Gokshura contains saponin content, which has anti-depressant and angiolytic properties. Which can be beneficial in relieving anxiety and depression.
Maintain heart health
Gokshura is found in plenty of antioxidants, which can help improve its cardioprotective functions. It can help control it by decreasing the increased levels of blood pressure and cholesterol and may also help prevent atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular conditions.
Remove problems related to kidney
Kidney stones can be eliminated by the use of gokhru. This plant can also be used for the treatment of urine retention and fever.
Beneficial in eczema
The problem of eczema can be the biggest obstacle in facial beauty. It may also cause itching problem on the skin. Eczema is an inflammatory skin problem. The anti-inflammatory property in the fruit of bunions can help in the treatment of eczema.
Every eight women undergo urinary tract infection (urinary tract infection). Apart from this, according to research, every woman gets UTI treatment once in her entire life. Elements present in bunches can correct the problem of UTI.
PCOD (polycystic ovarian syndrome) problem is also considered quite common in women. The main reason for this may be poor lifestyle. Which can also become the biggest cause of infertility in future. Gokhru can be used when it has problems. Additionally, it can also relieve stomach cramps during menstruation and reduce menopause symptoms.
Remove sexual problems
With this help, the reduction in sexual desire can also be overcome. In addition, the production of sex hormones in men can also be increased by its intake. It is found to be very effective in increasing the level of testosterone fertility enhancing hormone in men.
Also beneficial for diabetes
Consumption of gokhru can keep blood sugar levels under control, which helps reduce the risk of diabetes.
How does gokhru work?
The following nutritional content is found in 100 grams of gokhru powder:
- Energy – 73.48 kcal
- Carbohydrate – 15.9 g
- Protein – 1.3 g
- Fat – 0.25 g
- Flavonoid -19.92
- Vitamins – Vitamin C – 14.2 mg
- Minerals – Calcium – 59 mg
How safe is it to use gokhru?
Gokharu is recognized as a native remedy. However, it should always be consumed only on the instructions of your doctor. In some health conditions, physicians may also mix with it other herbs, such as ashwagandha, which can enhance its properties as well as improve its taste. However, the amount of its overdose should be avoided. Always consume the same dose as directed by your doctor.
What side effects can I get from gokhru?
Most studies have shown that it can be completely safe to consume beef. This can make cases of any serious side effects very rare. However, excessive intake can lead to the following problems, including:
- Upset stomach
- Increased prostate size in men
- Having stomach problems
- Allergic problems such as skin rash.
It is not necessary that everyone should have such side effects, that is, there may be some such side effects which are not stated. If you are having any of these side effects or you want to know more about them, contact a doctor immediately.
Apart from this, you should also be cautious before consuming it in the following situations, such as-
- During pregnancy and breastfeeding
- It can be harmful for pregnant women and lactating women. It can be a hindrance to fetal development.
You can use Gokhru in various forms. Its amount can be determined by your doctor based on your health condition, age and gender.
In what forms is it available?
- gokhru powder
- gokhru extract
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.