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“Gokshura,” the Sanskrit name for Tribulus terrestris, translates as “having the shape of a cow hoof.” In some respects, gokshura has related nourishing benefits to ashwagandha and shatavari (a rasayana for women). In fact, men’s rejuvenative formulations commonly contain gokshura and ashwagandha, along with mucuna, which we’ll discuss next. Women’s rejuvenative formulations can contain gokshura as well, but in combination with other herbs more appropriate to female physiologies. Although not technically a vajikarna herb itself, it is useful as a component of a vajikarna formulation in that it increases both the subtle and gross forms of shukra, while also building all the other tissues. In men, this promotes the production of semen as well as ojas.
Apart from its physical value, gokshura is a satvic herb. Satva is the principle in nature of purity, expansion, and evolution; it is the light (consciousness) of the soul, radiating into and enlightening the mind. Vaidya Mishra’s SVA tradition recognizes the primary importance of satva for those on a spiritual path (which is really everyone, whether they yet know it or not). Gokshura brings the light of the soul into the mind. It is also full of soma. Nature has given this herb an unusual property of having the cooling quality of soma alongside the ability to increase the body’s transformative “flames,” ensuring that the soma gets used by the tissues. These qualities help bring balance to the qualities of both ashwagandha and the agni-dominated male physiology when the herbs are used in tandem.
Animal studies indicate gokshura increases testosterone, though to date this has not been demonstrated in human males. Nevertheless, Ayurvedic tradition holds that it does increase physical and sexual stamina. Gokshura is thought to support the intelligence of the urinary bladder and of the whole genitourinary tract. Individuals prone toward renal stones can be helped by gokshura, so long as their diet is correct (especially avoiding the nightshade family). In general, gokshura is a great friend to apana vata, the downward, eliminative force in the body, due to its generous helping of soma. The soma restores the dryness caused by acidic toxins in the elimination organs. Constipation, menstrual problems, prostate issues, hemorrhoids, bladder infections, and slow urination all are symptoms of imbalanced apana vata.
Ayurvedic texts tell us that gokshura gives strength to the lungs and blood and is helpful in chronic cough and breathing problems. Also, the heart needs gokshura’s ability to prevent harmful toxins residing in the urinary system from traveling back to it and causing cardiac imbalances. Men are more prone to heart disease, so this is yet another reason for them to use gokshura.
This formula contains additional ingredients reputed for supporting the male physiology, such as Shring Bhasma and Yasad Bhasma. To find out more, please visit Vaidya Mishra's YouTube channel and watch his videos on the benefits of Shring and Yasad for male health.
Gokshura sarratta (Tribulus terrestris), Shring Bhasma (Deer Antler), Yasad Bhasma (Zinc)
Take 1 capsule after breakfast and 1 capsule after lunch. Or use as directed by your SVA expert. If you have a medical condition, consult with your medical doctor before using this or any other herbal supplements.
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