Tribulus Terrestris (TT) is a plant with something of a bifurcated reputation. To citizens and farmers throughout the United States, TT is known as a noxious weed, threatening crops and taking over landscapes where little else will grow.
Tribulus Terrestris is also known for the sharp spikes that grow from the fruits. Every TT flower is followed by fruiting bodies, always growing five in number, and each topped with two sharp spikes. These thorns so resemble horns that TT is colloquially known by names such as goat head, devil’s eyelashes, and puncture vine.
So sharp and strong are these thorns that they’ve been known to pop car tires on the road or lawnmower tires while trimming the yard. In Africa, they’ve even been discovered incorporated into tribal weapons.
On the other hand, Tribulus Terrestris is also noted as a source of potentially beneficial medicinal properties. If you look past Tribulus Terrestris’s thorny exterior, there may be much to learn. But then there’s the question of just how to determine the proper Tribulus terrestris dosage.
Finding the Right Tribulus Terrestris Dosage
When we explore traditional and medical literature about the ways Tribulus terrestris may be used for various bodily ills, we see that wildly different doses seem to accomplish different results. This means that someone seeking an effect that’s typically only achieved at a high dose might also experience side effects, which themselves could be sought at lower doses. Nonetheless, because most of the potential benefits of Tribulus terrestris at any dosage would generally be regarded as positive.
Here are some examples (all examples reference the meta-study linked above):
- 5 grams per body kilogram seems to help with urine production.
- Sexual side effects appear to be observed in doses as low as 2.5-10 milligrams per body kilogram.
- Immune system effects are present at many different doses, but these effects vary wildly depending upon the dose taken.
- High doses (2 g/kilo) seem to offer benefit to blood-sugar regulatory difficulties in animal studies. This is an example of an effect that would (and should) require better testing in human subjects.
- Small studies seem to indicate that small Tribulus terrestris dosages could have important implications for long term heart health.
- In animal subjects, herbal extracts seem to act as CNS antidepressants, though this action has not been studied in humans, and human effects frequently do not mimic the effects observed in animal studies.
- In other animal studies, there has been observed a highly dose-dependent impact on tissue inflammation though, again, this effect is not well observed or understood in humans.
- The drug seems to be a contributing factor in improved cell growth patterns in human beings, as it does in animal subjects at levels around 260mg/kg. A modulated effect is observed at various other doses, which could allow for the development of drugs that target a patient’s unique physiology, generalized and/or instantaneous.
The list could well go on. The point is, though, that Tribulus terrestris does seem to legitimize its reputation as a tonic, as described in various ancient medical traditions. For modern supplements, there may be a Tribulus terrestris dosage that could provide a desirable end result.
If you want to try out TT for yourself, do some research and clearly understand what you are trying to achieve. Choose a reliable supplier, and consider working with a physician in the attempt to identify a Tribulus terrestris dosage that works best for you. With so many possibilities, your experience could turn out to be a good one.