We know that stress can lead to fatigue, hormonal imbalance,hypertension and a variety of other diseases. But we hardly take into consideration the effect stress has on our sex life. It often leads to loss of libido and disinterest in sex. There are many herbs and spices that act as natural aphrodisiacs, and one such herb is gokhru or puncture vine.
Gokhru is widely used in Ayurveda to boost libido as it is an aphrodisiac. A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine says that gokhru also has curative effects and can improve fertility. It also says that it can improve sperm count and motility. One of the main properties that make gokhru an aphrodisiac is the fact that it boosts testosterone levels and hence improves libido.
The whole plant is full of biologically active compounds, and every part of it has different health benefits. Its fruit is rich in alkaloids, resins, saponins and certain aromatic oils. The stem contains phytosterols, alkaloids such as harman, tannins and carbohydrates. The roots and leaves contain flavonoids, alkaloids, resins and proteins. All these active compounds are responsible for its different health benefits.
Apart from being used as an aphrodisiac, gokhru can also be used to improve kidney and liver function and treat urinary diseases. It is known to control blood pressure levels as it has cholesterol-lowering properties.
How to use gokhru?
Gokhru supplements are easily available, and you can purchase it from any Ayurvedic medicine shop.However, gokhru should only be consumed under medical supervision as its continuous use is known to increase the risk of prostate disorders. One should also avoid using it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is best you consult a doctor and ask him/her to prescribe the correct dosage for you.