Tribulus terrestris

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Tribulus terrestris

Chinese medicine
An annual herb, the fruit of which is alterative, nutritive and tonic; it strengthens muscles and tendons, facilitates labour, purifies blood, and has been used for anaemia, sexual dysfunction, malnutrition, increased urinary frequency, low breast milk production, poor vision and tinnitus.
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The cercariae are released from the snails and encyst (become metacercariae) on various water plants such as water caltrop, water chestnut, lotus (on the roots), and water bamboo.
"I would ask anyone who may have seen this vehicle around 7pm on Wednesday, February 7, in the Claymore Drive and Caltrop Place area to come forward.
One option for engaging a passing vehicle could be small barbed caltrops that embed themselves in tires and interfere with the vehicle's operations.
* Caltrop (much smaller, sharp-edged version of the hedgehog) and tire spike.
They could have also been used when riding into battle as horses wearing them would have avoided painful caltrops devices scattered to make a horse lame, or for better traction on ice and mud.
They could have also been used for offensive purposes, for example, riding into battle wearing these would have avoided painful caltrops devices scattered to make a horse lame, or for better traction on ice and mud.
They range from basic six-inch nails found embedded in the ground, to homemade caltrops - also known as crow's feet - similar to those once scattered on battlefields to halt advancing calvary.
Dash added new scenarios, designing for hostility: caltrops, explosives, malware.
(2) Classic A2/AD methods have been aimed at denying a human operator access to some location; scenarios ranged from medieval caltrops stopping a cavalry charge to the use of various forms of land mines.
Tire deflation Caltrops spikes would be very effective.
Most recently Heppell has pressed home the evolutionary interactionist paradigm and, in Freemanesque style, arranges his defensive caltrops against incursions into the anthropological territory of the Iban, so that an extended appendix is devoted exclusively to a criticism of Gavin, who is seen as the insufficiently trained and culturally unaware intruder (Heppell 2014: Appendix 1, 149-69).
Items available for requisition included (clockwise from top left) a Silenced Barrel to fit an M3 "grease gun" submachine gun and render it inaudible; the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, with its adaptable scabbard that allowed it to be strapped onto almost any part of the body, at any angle; Tire-Puncturing Spikes, basic caltrops that could temporarily disable an enemy vehicle ("very effective when scattered in the gravel, dirt, or ruts of roads and airplane runways"); and the deadly sounding Smatchet, "a heavy, well-balanced close combat weapon combining the features of the machete and bolo."