Can Tribulus Terrestris Treat ED?

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Tribulus terrestris has been part of traditional medicine in India and China for centuries as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), infertility, impotence and low sex drive. Studies conducted in Bulgaria and Russia suggest that tribulus can increase testosterone levels (by increasing luteinizing hormone), DHEA, and estrogen. If you have been experiencing ED, you might wonder if taking Tribulus terrestris for ED will work.

Studies on Tribulus Terrestris for Treating ED

Preliminary studies in animals show that tribulus increased sexual behavior and pressure within the penis, changes that were attributed to a rise in testosterone.  (Gauthaman)

In a more recent study, however, men who took tribulus supplements daily for four weeks did not experience any change in their testosterone, androstenedione, or luteinizing hormone levels compared with people who did not take tribulus. (Neychev) Despite the lack of scientific evidence as a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction, some men continue to take tribulus terrestris. The remedy should be taken with the advice of a knowledgeable healthcare provider. Men who have hormone-dependent conditions are advised not to use this remedy.

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Herbs and  Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction

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Gauterman K et al. Sexual effects of puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris) extract (protodioscin): an evaluation using a rat model. J Altern Complem Med 2003; 9(20: 257-65

Neychev VK, Mitev VI. The aphrodisiac herb Tribulus terrestris does not influence the androgen production in young men. J Ethnopharmacology 2005; 101(1-3): 319-23

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