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What are some medical uses for tribulus?

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Medical uses for tribulus include treating kidney problems, skin disorders, infertility and angina, according to WebMD. The plant is also known as caltrop, escarbot and puncture vine.

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Early research seems to indicate that patients who take the tribulus product Tribestan orally for 30 days have improved sperm movement and count. Additional research suggests taking Tribestan for 1-2 months can increase libido when infertility is caused by low testosterone levels, notes WebMD.

As of January 2016, insufficient evidence has been found for whether tribulus can successfully treat eczema. Research suggests that patients who take oral Tribulus along with a specific combination of nine other herbs may see a reduction in redness and outbreaks in nonexudative atopic eczema. Other research, however, shows no effect, reports WebMD.

Tribulus supplements have been used in research studies of up to 8 weeks with no evidence of harmful side effects. However, the safety of long-term use is unknown as of January 2016, explains WebMD.

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