Gokshura is a prostate hairy, spiny herb with yellow ﬂowers. This spiky fruit of this herb looks like the cloven hoof of a cow and hence the name go-ksura (cow-hoof). It is very useful for itchy skin. It is also a good diuretic that clears excess fluids from the system.
Benefits of Gokshura: Urinary stones, back pain, cough, diabetes, difficult breathing, piles, kidney disease, urinary disorders, arthritis, edema, infertility, cystitis.
Action: Analgesic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, lithotriptic, nervine, rejuvenative, tonic
Scientific name: Tribulus terrestris.
Useful part: Fruit.
Dosage: 1–9g per day as decoction, 3–15ml per day.
Rasa (taste): Sweet, bitter
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Heavy, unctuous
Dosa effect: VPK=, with primarily V-
Dhatu(tissue) Plasma, blood, muscle, fat, nerve, reproductive
Srotas (channel) Urinary, nerve, reproductive, respiratory
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Gokshura, Gokshuraka, Kshudra (Laghu) Gokharu, Shvadamshtraa, Swaadu-kantaka, Trikanta, Trikantaka.
English: Land-Caltrops, Puncture Vine.