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Tribulus Terrestris

Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Tribulus Terrestris. These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 - Contraindications: The use of Tribulus Terrestris is contraindicated in people with hormone-dependent conditions, such as breast or prostate cancer, pregnancy, and nursing women.

Warning 2: An increase in breast size called gynaecomastia has been reported in a young male weight trainer after he took a herbal supplement containing Tribulus Terrestris.

Used as a natural health remedy: Tribulus Terrestris is used internally for the following benefits:
  • Improve sports performance
  • Restore the body's natural testosterone levels
  • Improve fertility
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Improve libido

Side Effects of Tribulus Terrestris

Side effects of Tribulus Terrestris are rare but do include:
  1. gynaecomastia
  2. upset Stomach
In most healthy adults Tribulus Terrestris is safe and free of side-effects.

Tribulus terrestris is also known by other Names: Puncture vine, puncturevine, caltrop, cathead, yellow vine, goathead, burra gokharu and bindii.

As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

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For questions and answers about the side effects of herbs see the Herb Forum

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