Tribulus: The Wonder Herb for Many Conditions

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Another name for nail fungal infection is onychomycosis. It is also known as tinea unguium. This type of infection can both affect the fingernails and toenails. In the US, this condition appears in 10 percent of the adult population. Onychomycosis affects the toenails more than the fingernails.

Causes

People can experience various types of nail infections. This depends on the kind of fungus that causes it. Most often this nail infection is caused by a kind of parasitic fungi known as dermatophyte fungi. Yeasts and molds may also cause nail infections. Fungus thrives more in a warm, dark, and moist environment which is why nail fungus is more prevalent in toenails.

Symptoms

The first signs of a nail fungal infection are some changes in the nail’s appearance. The nail can be brittle, broken, thickened, and discolored. The nail may also appear flaky and lifted from the nailbed. It is also mildly painful, and at times it may completely separate from the nail.

Treatments

Fungal nail infections are not likely to disappear on their own. They often require a course of treatment. Most of the time, it requires a combination of keeping the nails clean and dry to minimize irritation and inflammation in the area and at the same time following a course of antifungal medication. Topical medications can be used to get rid of nail fungal infections. For a more effective nail fungus treatment, oral antifungals may be prescribed by the doctor. This may take several months to a year for this to be effective. For persistent fungal infections, a nail removal surgery may be advised.

7All about Tribulus

Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) is a flowering plant that also goes by the names puncture vine and goat’s head. This plant produces a fruit that is full of spines. Its fruit, leaf, and roots are all used for medicinal purposes, particularly for sexual dysfunctions.

Traditional Uses

Tribulus is native to the sub-Himalayan forests in the areas of Burma, India, and many other countries. The Tribulus is a short crooked tree and its fruit persists even in cold weather. It has been used for a long time in Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurvedic practice as a treatment for sexual disorders in both men and women, most specifically erectile dysfunctions in men. The Greeks, on the other hand, used it as a diuretic and for enhancing the mood.

Constituents

Tribulus contains diosgenin, dioscin, protodioscin, etc. This first group impacts sexual performance and treats various sexual disorders. The plant also has a stigma, sterols betasitosterols, and others. This second group helps protect the prostate. It also has X steroidal saponins, which can affect the body’s immune system due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.

As an Antimicrobial

Based on a study, all the organic and aqueous extracts from all parts of Tribulus exhibited antimicrobial effects against the following pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Serratia marcescens, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium, and Candida albicans.

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