Tribulus terrestris (scientific name: Tribulus terrestris L., also known as goat’s-head, bindii, bullhead, burra gokharu, bhakhdi, caltrop, small caltrops, cat’s-head, devil’s eyelashes, devil’s-thorn, devil’s-weed, puncture vine, puncturevine,and tackweed, Chinese Pinyin: Ji Li, Simplified Chinese: 蒺藜, 白蒺藜, 名茨, 旁通, 屈人, 止行, 休羽, 升推), is a species of annual flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Tribulus (Zygophyllaceae family). Found in dry climate area all around the world, the plant can grow up to 60 cm long. The seeds of Tribulus terrestris is used as aperitive, discutient and diuretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating diseases and health problems such as constipation, menstrual disorders and vitiligo.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The seeds of Tribulus terrestris is considered to have bitter, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Tribulus Terrestris & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain
A decoction of Patrinia scabiosifolia, nepeta cataria, Cassia occidentalis, scouring rush and Tribulus terrestris is taken orally to treat red painful eyes.
3.2 Visual Impairment
A decoction of Tribulus terrestris seeds is taken after meal to treat visual impairment.
3.3 Skin Health
A decoction of root of dictamnus albus, tribulus terrestris, zaocys dhumnade, fresh rehamnnia root, radix sileris, Angelica sinensis and licorice root is taken to treat hives (urticaria) as well as chronic eczema.
Powdered Tribulus terrestris seeds is taken with warm water to treat vitiligo (a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment).
3.4 Blood Path Disorders
Powdered Tribulus terrestris seeds mixed with water can be used as a mouth wash to save loosening teeth.
3.5 The Excretory System
Tribulus terrestris seeds (fried) and fruit of honeylocust are powdered and taken orally with tea or soup to treat constipation.
3.6 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders
Powdered Tribulus terrestris seeds and Angelica sinensis are taken with rice paste to treat menstrual disorders.
Powdered Tribulus terrestris seeds and the bulb of fritillary are taken with rice soup to treat retention of placenta.
A decoction of Tribulus terrestris seeds is taken to treat ascariasis (infestation of the intestines with the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides, causing abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, etc).
4. Research And Studies:
It has also been found in studies that the extract of Tribulus terrestris seeds can significantly inhibit the proliferation of human breast myeloid cancer cell and help to treat breast cancer.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.