Role of Tribulus terrestris in Male Infertility: Is It Real or Fiction?

J Diet Suppl. 2018 Nov 2;15(6):1010-1013. doi: 10.1080/19390211.2017.1402843. Epub 2017 Dec 20.


Tribulus terrestris is an annual herb of the Zygophyllaceae family and is commonly known as Gokshur, Gokharu, or puncturevine. Flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins, lignin, amides, and glycosides are the main active phytoconstituents of this plant. Infertility is defined by the failure to conceive a child after one year or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Infertility affects society at large and has a negative impact on the social and emotional aspects of the patient. This in-depth review presents several studies that evaluate the role of Tribulus terrestris in a chronological order to help us better understand the exact mechanism by which this herbal medicine acts in male infertility. In conclusion, the exact role of Tribulus terrestris in male infertility is still controversial and needs future double-blind placebo-controlled studies that deploy larger cohorts.

Keywords: Tribulus terrestris; herbal medicine; male infertility; spermatogenesis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / drug therapy*
  • Infertility, Male / etiology
  • Male
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Tribulus*


  • Plant Extracts