Report on Tribulus Terrestris Side Effects and Usage

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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