Sanskrit: Gokßhura (emphasize ‘go’. Meaning:
shape of the cow’s-hoof)
English: Small Caltrops, Goats head, Puncture Vine
Latin: Tribulis terrestris Linn. (T. lenuginosus, T. aeylanicus)
Part Used: Fruit
Habitat: Trailing plant common in sandy soil throughout India, Sri Lanka, Madras.
Energetics: Sweet, bitter-cold-sweet VPK= Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow/nerve, reproduc- tive
Systems: Nervous, reproductive, respiratory, uri- nary
Action: Analgesic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, lithotrip- tic, nervine, rejuvenative, tonic
Uses: Best herb for genitourinary conditions in- cluding difficult or painful urination, stones, bloody or burning urine, etc. Best herb to flush toxins from body. Back pain, cough, cystitis (chronic), diabetes, difficult breathing, Váyu edema, gout, uterine disorders, hemorrhoids, impotence, infer– tility, kidney disease (acute inflammation), lum- bago, nerve pain, Bright’s disease with edema, rheumatism, sciatica, seminal debility, kidney stones, venereal diseases. Strengthens the postpar– tum woman. Can be used with Punarnavá (boerhavia diffusa; nyctagineae) for kidney health.
Spiritual Uses: Sattwic, promotes clarity, opens crown chakra (energy center)
Precautions: Do not use if dehydrated
Preparation: Decoction, powder