International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Short Communication

Analysis of inorganic profile of Tribulus terrestris

Iqbal Hussain1*, Farhat Ali Khan2, Naeem Khan1, Murad Ali Khan1, Hamayun Khan3, Muhammad Khurram2, Shan Zeb1, RiazUllah1 and Majed Ahmad1    
1Department of Chemistry, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat 26000, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. 2Department of Pharmacy, Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. 3Department of Chemistry, Islamia College University, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.    
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  •  Accepted: 03 August 2011
  •  Published: 23 October 2011


Tribulus terrestris belonging to the family Zygophyllaceae, grows in tropical climates. T. terrestris is used in treating sexual deficiencies. It has been used in Asia and Europe for years to treat libido and infertility problems. People from around the world used T. terrestrisplant to promote overall health. T. terrestris has antimicrobial, anti-hypertension, diuretic, anti-actylcholine and hemolytic activity and to stimulate spermatogenesis and libido. Keeping in view the wide applications of T. terrestris, it is very important to know the inorganic constituents and its possible role in the body. For this purpose the plant was collected from two areas of Mardan and Peshawar, Pakistan. The inorganic constituents including total hardness, total alkalinity, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Cl-, CaCO32-, SO42- were determined. It is also important to know the differences of the inorganic constituents while the plant is grown in different natural habitats.


Key words: Medicinal plants, Tribulus terrestris, inorganic constituents.