Gokshuradi Guggulu Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

Gokshuradi guggulu is an herbal preparation used in ayurveda for the treatment of urinary and kidney disorders. It acts as diuretic and improves kidney functions. It is helpful in diseases like kidney stones, urinary tract infection (burning sensation in the urine), difficulty in micturition, gout (raised uric acid), osteoarthritis, etc.

Ingredients (Composition)

The main ingredient of Gokshuradi guggulu is Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Shuddha guggulu.

Gokshura Tribulus terrestris
Shuddha guggulu Commiphora mukul
Black Pepper Piper nigrum
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Pippali Piper longum
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Embblica Officinalis
Bibhitaki Terminalia belerica
Haritaki Terminalia chebula
Mustak (Nagarmotha) Cyperus rotundus

Medicinal Properties

Gokshuradi guggulu has following healing properties.

  1. Antilithiatic
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Anti-arthritic
  4. Anti-hypertensive (due to its diuretic action)
  5. Anti-gout
  6. Analgesic
  7. Muscle relaxant
  8. Adaptogenic

Therapeutic Indications

Gokshuradi guggulu is helpful in following diseases.

Muscle, Bones & Joints

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout or raised uric acid level

Kidneys & Urinary bladder

  • Kidney stones
  • Dysuria (painful or difficult urination)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Men Health

  • Prostate enlargement (rarely used for improving urine flow)

Women Health

  • Menorrhagia
  • Metrorrhagia

Heart & Blood

  • High blood pressure (supportive mild diuretic therapy)
  • Congestive heart failure (supportive mild diuretic therapy)

Gokshuradi Guggulu Benefits & Uses

Gokshuradi guggulu benefits in kidney and urinary disorders. In addition to these benefits, it also acts as joint tonic and improves joint flexibility. It helps in formation of synovial fluids in osteoarthritis, so ayurvedic doctors commonly use it in knee pain and backache due to osteoarthritis. Here are some main health benefits and medicinal uses.


Gokshuradi guggulu is a drug of choice in ayurveda for osteoarthritis. It improves synovial fluid formation and acts as strengthening agent for weight bearing joints.

It acts slowly, but provides stable relief from pain. It may take up to one to three months to show realistic improvement in pain and joint flexibility.

Generally, if you have pain with swelling and stiffness in joints, then Maha Yogaraj guggul or Yogaraj Guggulu is best. If you are lean, weak and experience like tired joints, pain in joints without stiffness, then Gokshuradi guggulu is useful. In such case, Gokshuradi guggulu is best with Trayodashang Guggulu and Ashwagandha combination.

In osteoarthritis, the following combination of Gokshuradi guggulu is helpful.

Remedy Dosage
Gokshuradi guggulu 1 gram to 2 grams
Trayodashang Guggulu 500 mg to 1 gram
Ashwagandha powder 2 to 3 grams
Satavari (Asparagus) 250 mg to 500 mg
Mustak (Cyperus rotundus) Powder 250 mg to 500 mg

Gout or raised uric acid level

Gokshuradi guggulu works on kidneys and improves uric acid excretion. However, it may not have effect on the formation of the uric acid. For improving action of Gokshuradi guggulu, you may also require chandraprabha vati.

Kidney stones (Renal Calculi)

Gokshuradi guggulu has Antilithiasis property, which helps preventing formation of the kidney stones and helps breaking formed stone in the kidneys or urinary tract. However, it works better when patient has symptoms like burning sensation and pain during urination.

For improving functions of Gokshuradi guggulu, the following combination helps.

Remedy Dosage
Gokshuradi guggulu 500 mg to 1 gram
Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa) powder 1 gram to 2 grams
Hajrool yahood bhasma 250 mg to 750 mg

If patient has burning sensation as a main concern, then this combination is given with Chandanasava. Otherwise, decoction of Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Dashmoolarishta are best adjuvants in kidney stones.


(painful or difficult urination)

Gokshuradi guggulu has mild diuretic and anodyne action, which helps in Dysuria or painful and difficult urination. In this case, patient may also need chandraprabha vati and Dashmoolarishta.

Remedy Dosage *
Gokshuradi guggul 500 mg
Chandraprabha Vati 500 mg to 1000 mg
Dashmoolarishta 20 ml

* Twice daily

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Gokshuradi guggulu has mild antibacterial and antimicrobial actions, which help supporting other remedies in urinary tract infections. In this case, the following combination of Gokshuradi guggulu is useful.

Remedy Dosage
Gokshuradi guggulu 500 mg to 1 gram
Yashad bhasma 25 mg to 125 mg
Gandhak rasayan 250 mg to 500 mg
Chandanadi Vati 500 mg to 1 gram

Chandanasava is used as adjuvant for above combination.

Menorrhagia & Metrorrhagia

Gokshuradi guggulu is not commonly used in Menorrhagia and Metrorrhagia. When pain becomes main concern, then it is used as follows.

Remedy Dosage
Gokshuradi guggulu 500 mg to 1 gram
Giloy Sat 500 mg to 1 gram
Praval Pishti 250 mg to 500 mg
Ashoka powder 2 grams

Ashokarishta is used as adjuvant for above combination.

Gokshuradi Guggulu Dosage

The maximum dosage of Gokshuradi guggulu is 6 grams a day. However, well tolerable therapeutic dosage is 3 grams per day. The dosage varies according to disease, body weight and health condition of the patient.

Gokshuradi Guggulu Side Effects

Gokshuradi guggulu is POSSIBLY SAFE and WELL TOLERABLE in most patients, but the dosage should not exceed from 6 grams per day. However, your doctor may recommend higher dosage 3 grams thrice a day, which may have following side effects.

  • Loss of appetite (rare)
  • Heartburn (very rare)

All side effects with Gokshuradi guggulu are rare.

Q&A about Gokshuradi Guggulu

Does Gokshuradi Guggulu increase urination?

Yes, Gokshuradi Guggulu contains Gokshura, which is a diuretic. However, its diuretic is mild, but it can cause frequent urination, especially when you use it for the first time.

Does it reduce kidney pain occurring due to stone?

Yes, Gokshuradi Guggulu will help you to reduce pain. However, it may not help much in acute pain, but its continuous use can prevent further renal colic and also aids to treat renal stones.

Is gokshuradi gugglu also helpful in gall bladder stones?

Gokshuradi Guggul is less likely to be helpful in gall bladder stones.

Can we take Kaishore Guggul and Punarnava along with it for gout and high uric acid?

Yes, Gokshuradi Guggul and Kaishore Guggul both can be taken together adjusting appropriate dosage for each. Punarnava Churna, Punarnavarishta or Punarnavasava can also be taken together. This combination is likely to increase uric acid excretion and it is helpful to reduce the elevated uric acid level.

Gokshuradi Guggulu and Punarnava preparations help to increase elimination of uric acid. Kaishore Guggul or Guduchi Satva and Giloy preparations are helpful in elevated uric acid levels. These preparations are likely to help to check overproduction of uric acid in the body.

Is it safe to take it continuously for 1 year?

Gokshuradi Guggulu is often used for the management of osteoarthritis. In some cases, it is required to take it continuously even more than a year. It is likely to be safe for continuous use. Most of the individuals get relief from most of the problems in which it is indicated within 3 to 12 months.

Is Gokshuradi Guggulu best for curing kidney stone problem?

Gokshuradi Guggul alone may not be the best medicine for treating a kidney stone. It works well when taken with other remedies described above in the article under Kidney Stone heading.

Is Gokshuradi Guggul beneficial for frequent urination or urinary incontinence when there is no diabetes problem?

Gokshuradi Guggul may not be the right medicines for this purpose. The more accurate ayurvedic medicine for frequent urination or urinary incontinence is Chandraprabha Vati.

Does Gokshuradi Guggul help to reduce creatinine and urea in the blood?

Yes, Gokshuradi Guggul should be helpful, but alone may not provide good results, so it should be taken in combination of Chandraprabha Vati.

Can Gokshuradi Guggulu be beneficial for proteinuria?

Alone Gokshuradi Guggulu may not help much, but when used along with Chandraprabha Vati or Shuddha Shilajit and other medicines, then it can help for treating proteinuria.

Can pregnant woman take Gokshuradi Guggulu?

No, it contains a high amount of Guggul content, which is contraindicated during pregnancy.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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  1. Dr. Jagdev,

    As always, thanks so much for the good information you provide.

    I read recently on a vendor’s page that Gokshuradi Guggulu would increase sexual desire. Is this true, or are they just trying to sell more product? As I live at an ashram, I do not want this effect.

    1. Gokshuradi Guggulu contains Tribulus Terrestris, which has aphrodisiac and libido booster activities.

      However, it also contains Guggulu and other ingredients, which balance the effects. The synergetic effects of all these ingredients are more likely to appear on kidneys, urinary system, uterus, joints, heart and blood vessels. Due to the synergetic effect, it may not increase sexual desire.

  2. What about uncontrolled urine, intense urge to urinate suddenly? Some Prostrate enlargement is there.
    V S Soni Age about 74

  3. Hello Dr., my mother has been suggested Gokshuradi Guggulu for UTI & Osteoarthritis. After taking the medicines for few days, she has rashes on legs. Is it because of Gokshuradi Guggulu?

  4. Dr Jagdev,
    Thanks for your many useful ayurvedic articles.

    Can we use Gokshuradi Guggulu for Prostatitis and other prostate problems, if so, along with this what other medicine should be taken.

    B.V.Krishnaa Murthy

  5. My mother is having UTI problem since a long time so now she is thinking to take gokshuradi guggulu. What are the possible side effects of this medicine? Is it a perfect medicine for UTI problems?

  6. What tablets should be taken for adult polycystic kidney disease. I am presently using chandraprabha vati and gokshuradi guggulu.
    I’m also using cow urine table along with Sri Sri Vrikka Sanjivani Vati and Punarnava tablets.
    I am taking these tablets on different days, like
    Monday – chandraprabha vati
    Tuesday -Goksharadi guggulu
    Wednesday – Cow urine
    Thursday– Vrikka Sanjivani Vati
    Friday – Punarnava
    Please suggest me.

    1. You should take chandraprabha vati and gokshuradi guggulu on daily basis in an appropriate dosage as recommended by your doctor. It may take 4 to 6 months to provide benefits in polycystic kidney disease. In our opinion, these are enough to treat the condition.

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