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Tribulus is an Ayurvedic plant gaining popularity for gaining lean muscle mass and strength and for male fertility/verility.

An Australian study examined whether strength and fat-free mass were increased by taking tribulus. After five weeks, they concluded that tribulus did not cause a difference in either among study subjects.


According to, studies have shown that tribulus is not effective for elevating testosterone levels or enhancing libido.



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Causes of Telangiectasias

telangiectasia-148BA5DC9AC25CBD457What causes small spider veins on your face? Particularly when they are in spider-like clusters, these tiny blood vessels (capillaries) are known as telangiectasias. There are multiple possible causes of telangiectasias.

The most common cause is repeated sun exposure. Most of us can’t (and dare I opine – SHOULDN’T) avoid this.

Other possible causes of spider veins on the face include:

  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Rosacea
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of topical steriods
  • Liver disease

The treatment for telangiectasias usually involve using a laser or some form of sound or electricity to deliver enough current to the inside of the capillary to make it collapse. The body then reabsorbs it and it is no longer visible on your face.

Dermatologists likely have more than one trick up their sleeves when it comes to getting rid of spider veins. At least one of the most common methods involves inserting the tip of a very small needle into the vein. The needle delivers the current that will make the spider vein collapse. Most often, a vein will only be treated once per session. If it does not collapse and disappear, you will have to return for re-treatments. Although this could be annoying and time consuming, your doctor is working in your best interests to err on the side of too little time/treatment, as overdoing it can cause scarring.

You may have to wait several weeks before being able to re-treat a telangiectasia (if it needs re-treating at all). One doctor using the Silhouette Dermalift Short Wave Diathermy machine, which delivers about 22-27 microamperes at a time, recommends waiting six weeks before attempting to re-treat a vein.

Your doctor should give you post-procedure care instructions. Some typical instructions you might receive could include:

  • After treatment, the treated area should not be washed with regular soap for 72 hours. Instead, you may be instructed to not wash the area or to use a gentle cleanser (dermatologists seem to love to recommend Cetaphil).
  • Do not scratch or stretch the area.
  • Avoid sun exposure on the area for two weeks.


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