|In Ayurvedic medicine, Tribulus terrestris is
utilized as an aphrodisiac and as a geriatric agent.
This plant, also known as zama or zimpating,
produces fruits that are used in Ladakh to fortify
beer. The young branches and ripe fruits also are
crushed and consumed in milk. High dosages
(how high?) are said to produce delirium
(Navchoo and Buth 1990, 319, 320*). The plant
has been shown to contain steroids and sapogenin
along with some five alkaloids, including
harmane, harmine, and harmol (Ott 1993, 426*;
Festi and Samorini 1997,26).
In Baluchistan (Pakistan), 10 to 20 g of the
dried fruits (ghur gan) are ground, mixed with
water, and drunk to increase the sexual abilities of
men. The ground fruits (gurgandako) of the
closely related species Tribulus longipetalus Vivo
[syn. Tribulus alatus Del.] are used as a medicinal
snuff for treating stuffy noses (Goodman andGhafoor 1992,55*).
Festi, Francesco, and Giorgio Samorini. 1997.
Tribulus terrestris 1. (tribolo/caltrop). Eleusis7:24-32.