Sex and Tribulus
by David Jay Brown
Tribulus terrestris is a shrub with a spiny burr fruit, and a long European folk history, where it has been used as a treatment for hormone deficiencies, and many other conditions. It can be found growing in moderate and tropical climates, throughout much of Australia, South East Asia, and Africa. It grows abundantly on roadsides and in vacant lots, and is actually considered by many people to be a weed, with sharp seeds that are painful to step on.
Tribulus terrestris has a long tradition of being used medicinally in China, and in India, where it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent, and aphrodisiac. It was also used by physicians in Ancient Greece as a mood enhancer, a diuretic, and to treat headaches and sexual dysfunction. Bulgarian athletes traditionally use Tribulus terrestris before important competitions to give themselves extra strength and endurance.
More recently it’s been rediscovered in the West, where it’s being used by body builders and athletes, as well as by men looking to enhance their sex lives, largely because it appears to increase testosterone levels. Testosterone is the primary hormone associated with male sexuality, but low testosterone levels in the body have been associated with a reduced sex drive in both men and women. New research indicates that Tribulus terrestris helps to balance testosterone levels in the body.
According to smart drug researcher John Morgenthaler, “There’s some solid research on Tribulus terrestris now. It seems to be an adaptagen. An adaptagen is a substance, like a tonic, that works by bringing about balance in endocrine function, and other things in the body…pushing in whatever direction you need to go. And in most people over forty it seems to bring about an increase in testosterone.”
Tribulus terrestris may also work as a sexual booster in other ways, besides increasing testosterone levels. There’s evidence that it can help facilitate erections by relaxing the smooth muscles in the penis. This increases blood flow into the the corpora cavernosa–the paired erectile chambers–and allows for the penis to inflate.
Animal studies have shown that Tribulus terrestris can increase pressure in the corpora cavernosa, and, with regard to sexual behavior, it increases mounting frequency. These studies confirm what I’ve heard from the men that I’ve spoken with, who have told me that it increased their sex drive and gave them more powerful erections.