Sanskrit/Indian name: Gokshura, Gokhru
Land Caltrops has been used for centuries as a general tonic by the Ancient Greeks. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to maintain efficient kidney and urinary functions and in reducing renal discomfort. It is effective in treating urinary tract disorders because it promotes the flow of urine and cools and soothes the membranes of the urinary tract. Land Caltrops has also been described as an in Ayurveda. Recent research has shown that Land Caltrops has analgesic properties. The herb is also a nervine tonic and rejuvenating.
The plant contains saponins, which, after hydrolysis, yield the sapogenins diosgenin, gitogenin, chlorogenic, Fusco genin, , among others. The carboline alkaloids harmine. Harmine is also found in the herb. These constituents render the herb its therapeutic properties.
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