The original home of this creeping medicinal plant are the sandy beaches of Japan and China. Its effects, which have been known since ancient times, have been used by healers in ancient China, Mesopotamia, and India. The Latin name for puncture vine is - Tribulus terrestris.
A magical plant, one could say. Thanks to its effects, it has long been used in medicine, but also in nutritional supplements for athletes.
The plant helps to protect the heart, treat depression, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote muscle growth.
Tribulus terrestris contains high levels of plant “anabolic steroids” – phytosterols. Phytosterols are being studied by scientific teams for their potential to inhibit lung, stomach, ovarian, breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
It is rich in alkaloids harman and harmin, bioflavonoids, glycosides, flavonoids, tannins, and resins. Its roots contain saponin diosgenin. The substances contained in this plant stimulate LH hormone (Luteinizing Hormone), which affects the production of other hormones.
It promotes the production of testosterone in men and estrogen in women. No substances toxic to humans have been found in the plant.
In men, excessive use of this herb can cause too much muscle growth. In women, overuse may lead to a coarse voice and excessive hair growth.