Nerunji, also called bindii, is a small, flowering plant also known as puncture vine and goat’s head. The plant yields a fruit that is covered with spines. The fruit, leaf, and root are used as medicine to treat a number of conditions. Scientific name is Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris).
It is widely distributed around the world. It is adapted to grow in dry climate locations in which few other plants can survive.
Tribulus has long been used in traditional medicines, to enhance athletic performance or increase libido. Tribulus is also said to raise your levels of certain hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, and is found in supplements claiming to increase testosterone levels.
In addition, tribulus is purported to help a variety of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and act as a diuretic.
This miraculous little plant has long been used to treat erectile dysfunction, and recent studies have proven this to be true. According to research firm Examine, Erections in men were improved by taking as little as 1.5 g doses of nerunji. Further, it is a natural ingredient that will treat ED without the horrendous side effects of some big brand medications.
According to online health resource WebMD, studies have shown that nerunji can help keep your heart healthy. Nerunji contains a substance which helps to maintain arterial health which benefits your heart, but that has the bonus of freeing up blood flow to the sexual organs, once again treating the trouble of ED.
The second way it helps to keep your heart healthy and protect against angina is by lowering your blood pressure. In one study cited by Self Hack, Hypertensive subjects were treated with 3g of nerunji daily and, after one week, they all showed significantly lower levels of blood pressure.
Note – it treats the symptoms of depression but not the causes. Laboratory testing showed the improvement of the signs of depression when fed to laboratory mice. It is to be noted that it is not as effective as anti-depressants, but it is a good supplement to take alongside your prescription medications to help you get better.
In studies conducted in 2006 (US NCBI) it was concluded that the relaxing medicinal properties of nerunji can combat oxidative stress. This means the plant contains compounds which work to soothe inflammation of the internal organs.
This acts as a protective agent against the onset of diabetes, but can also aid existing diabetics in the suppression of blood sugar levels. As ever, it is no replacement for your regular medication – but it can make your symptoms better.
The best benefit of nerunji is that it is a Luteinizing hormone. These are the hormones directly related to the neural pathways in the brain responsible for fertility. In women, an increase of this hormone might trigger monthly ovulation… for men, it can have a positive impact on sperm count.
Since so few studies have tested nerunji’ health effects in humans, little is known about the safety of long-term use of this herb. However, there’s some concern that nerunji may trigger side effects such as increased heart rate and restlessness.
In addition, some research indicates that nerunji may increase prostate weight. Men with conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy or prostate cancer should avoid the use of this herb.
Because nerunji may reduce blood sugar levels, taking the herb in combination with diabetes medication may cause your blood sugar to become dangerously low.
The appropriate dose of nerunji depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for nerunji.
Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.