Tribulus terrestris L. – Zygophyllaceae


Tribulus terrestris L. (goat’s-head, devil’s-thorn) belongs to the family Zygophyllaceae and is a well-known plant in traditional medicine in many countries. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic practice. This plant is native to southern Europe, southern Asia, Africa and northern Australia.

Tribulus terrestris L. is a plant species that has long been used as a sexual stimulant and for the treatment of male infertility.


According to data from the World Health Organization, one in four couples suffers from infertility. Infertility is a medical problem, but also a social problem that can have major consequences for social life and marital relations. In about 50% of cases of infertility in marriages, the cause is male infertility. It has been proven that the decisive factor in 30-80% of male infertility is the destructive influence of reactive oxygen species. They lead to the destruction of the sperm membrane (which reduces their mobility and ability to connect with the oocyte) or directly destroy the sperm’s genetic material. The effectiveness of this herb in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and infertility in men can be attributed to its strong antioxidant effect and influence on testosterone levels.

So far, numerous animal and human studies have been conducted on the effect of Tribulus terrestris L. on male infertility, sperm motility and sexual dysfunction in men and women. The results of the studies confirm the justification of using this plant for the treatment of the mentioned conditions.


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