Can You Take Maca and Tribulus Terrestris Together?

There has been quite a buzz about combining maca root and Tribulus terrestris, and their effects.

As you might have already read, Maca is known to treat quite many health problems, such as fertility, menopause, low sperm count, erection and to balance hormones. It is especially handy when it comes to improving sex drive in both men and women.

When it comes to Tribulus terrestris, this plant is commonly used in oriental medicine, as an aphrodisiac to enhance sexual performance, energy, and stamina, as well as to treat coughs and kidney failure.

The reason, why many speak of combining these two herbs, is because both maca and Tribulus terrestris (Gokshur or puncture vine) is used as an aphrodisiac to increase sexual vitality. When combined, the possibilities of improving the overall sexual drive becomes even bigger. As a result, some herbalist and other health food companies, develop product mix with maca root and Tribulus plant.

What is Tribulus Terrestris?

The genus Tribulus terrestris grow as shrubs in subtropical areas around the world such as southern USA, Spain, Mexico, India, Bulgaria, and China. In China this shrub is known as “Ci Ji Li” and in the USA “Goat head.”

In folk medicine, T. terrestris is used as a tonic, aphrodisiac, diuretic and urinary anti-infectives. The T. terrestris species has pinnate leaves and yellow flowers. Its fruits are covered with sharp spines, so sharp that can even flatten bicycle tires. This plant can grow up to 70cm of height. In medicine and folk use, people use fruit, leaf, and roots. The fruits and seeds are of immense importance because of their aphrodisiac properties. Also, human studies have shown that Tribulus helps improve sexual performance, where only after several days of taking T. terrestris, study subjects would report enhanced not only sexuality but also libido, and stamina. Here are a few studies on both men and women, which confirm the above aphrodisiac claims:

T. terrestris study findings in Women

In a 2004 survey, T. terrestris was given to 30 women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, for four weeks, during their fertile years. At the end of the fourth week, these women experienced significant improvement in desire, arousal, lubrication, satisfaction (source).

Similarly, in a different study in 2016, it was observed the reaction of postmenopausal women when consuming T. Terrestris. The objective was to evaluate the efficacy of T. terrestris for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women and evaluate its effect on the serum levels of testosterone.

During 18 months, T. terrestris was given to a total of 45 healthy sexually active postmenopausal women with diminished libido. To each, it was given 750mg/d of T. terrestris or placebo for 120 days. At the end of the study 36 completed the survey and the results demonstrated an improvement in desire, arousal, and lubrication. Also, testosterone levels showed a significant increase in the T. terrestris group. Women who received placebo showed no improvements (source).

T. terrestris study findings in men

When it comes to men, in a medical study in 2017, it was evaluated the efficacy and safety of T. terrestris in male sexual dysfunction and with or without hypoactive sexual desire disorder. In this study, the primary objective was to compare the reaction of men with erectile dysfunction when treated with placebo in comparison with T. terrestris.

This study included 180 men aged between 18 and 65 years with mild or moderate ED, and with or without sexual desire. Half of these men received placebo and the other half received T. terrestris.

During the 12-week study time, men in the T. terrestris group received 3×2 film-coated tablets daily after meals. 86 patients in each group completed the study. Men who used T. terrestris had significantly improved in sexual function in men with mild to moderate ED and all men generally well tolerated the T. terrestris (source).

Chemical constituents

The same way maca is abundant in nutrients and particularly known for having a specific novel compounds called macamides and macaenes (experiments with animals show these two groups of compounds to be compelling sex and energy enhancers), the same way T. terrestris comprises of medicinally important compounds. A few to name, flavonoids, flavonol glycosides, steroidal saponins, and alkaloids. It has diuretic, aphrodisiac, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic, central nervous system, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, anticancer, antibacterial and many other activities.

But the major constituents of Tribulus plant is steroidal saponins, or terrestrosins A, B, C, D, and E. The protodioscin (the most dominant saponin) compound found in the Tribulus herb is believed to be the key when it comes to improving sexual desire and most importantly to enhance erection.

Tribulus terrestris Benefits

– Enhanced sexual desire, arousal, and lubrication, in healthy menopausal women with no or reduced libido.
– Improved sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, satisfaction in healthy young women with little or no sexual desire.
– It stimulates spermatogenesis.
– Reduces ED (erectile dysfunction)
– Improves sex drive in men
– Acts as antidepressant
– Has a significant effect in the treatment of various cardiac diseases including coronary disease, cerebral arteriosclerosis (source).

What Tribulus cannot do (there are no scientific studies to support such a claim) is, increase male testosterone hormones and enhance athletic performance. Tribulus has not been proven to improve lean body mass, and there are no improvements in athletic activity, nor losing body weight when takin Tribulus.

T. terrestris Side Effects and Safety

In most of the medical research, T. terrestris was safely used in studies lasting up to 90 days. The long-term safety of Tribulus is unknown. Side effects are usually mild, and not everyone has them, and they are:

– Stomach cramping
– Diarrhea
– Vomiting
– Constipation
– Nausea
– Body temperature may increase
– Restlessness and fatigue

Can You Mix Maca Root and T. terrestirs?

Yes, you can.

The best part is that both men and women can consume T. terrestris mix with maca.

So, if you have little to no sex drive, and your goal is a higher sex drive, these two plants when combined will help increase sex drive (twice as nice) naturally. Why? The reason is simple. Both plants act as aphrodisiacs. Just like maca, T. terrestris is also a sex booster, libido booster for men and women, and it helps men with ED.

And why there is a buzz that together these two plants can increase testosterone levels? Well, both plants are great aphrodisiacs, and both plants increase sex drive in men and women and reduce ED in men. Which would be one of the reasons people would think that their testosterone levels would rise significantly where there is just a healthy sex boost in question.

When it comes to dosage and what products to buy, here are some thoughts on that matter.

T. Terrestris  (taking by itself)
Availability Capsules 500mg
20% saponins are most common and 40% saponins quite effective.
Taking by itself 85-250 milligrams three times daily.

Maca root (taking by itself)
Maca dosage would be 500mg three times a day. You can see the detailed post we have on maca dosage here: How Much Maca Should I Take?

Regarding Tribulus terrestris products, there are many available products on Amazon, here are two with most reviews:

Prime Labs Tribulus Supplement is with 45% Saponins  

BRI Nutrition Tribulus Terrestris

To view the best selection of Maca root product, visit our recommended products page here: Maca Products, Tried & Tested.


P. S. In addition to mixing Tribulus with maca, you can spice it up (or speed up the effectiveness) by adding a few natural aphrodisiacs to the mix. An excellent libido booster would be a mix of natural aphrodisiacs such as figs, and bananas, besides T. tribulus and maca. This combination will encourage more blood flow to the genitals and increase sex drive naturally.

Watermelon may also have a Viagra effect because of the nutrients which are found in watermelon help relax blood vessels.

P.P.S.Even though not that many medical studies were done on Tribulus it is worth of trying this plant mixed with maca and natural aphrodisiac foods. However, as much as combining different herbs is a good idea (in most cases for many people), to speed up the process of the desired outcome, it is highly advisable to first ask a piece of advice from a knowledgeable person, a herbalist or equivalent. Consulting your practitioner is very important especially for all those who are using medications or are allergic to some ingredients. Otherwise, just like maca Tribulus is also safe to take in combination with other herbs (but in small amounts).