13 August 2008

Other Common Names : Coleous, Makandi.

Plant Parts Used : The Root.
  • Coleus is a hardy plant, growing on the dry slopes of the lower Himalayas and the plains in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India, it.
  • Coleus is a fleshy, perennial herb, which has an aroma similar to camphor; its spiked flowers are typical of the mint family.
  • Although coleus will usually survive in sun, the color of the leaves is enhanced in the shade.
  • Small, insignificant flowers will appear late summer. Pinch off blooms and growing shoots of young plants to encourage bushier foliage.
  • It prefers moist but well drained soil.
  • Common pests to watch for include mealy bug, aphids and whitefly.
Health Benefits of Coleus forskohlii
  • Herb for cardiovascular ailments.
  • Used to assist weight loss by breaking down adipose tissue and preventing production of fatty tissue.
  • Coleus mildly stimulates the metabolism by increasing thyroid hormones and increases the secretion of insulin.
  • Coleus forskohlii preparations used as eye drops are known to reduce eye pressure in glaucoma.
  • Coleus directly stimulates digestion and is thought to assist in the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.
  • Increased cellular cyclic AMP reduces histamine, making coleus beneficial in the treatment of allergies.
  • Coleus is also a bronchodilator with an anti-histamine action, making it useful in treating asthma.
  • Conditions such as hypothyroidism, eczema, psoriasis are also improved by using coleus; largely due to its ability to increase cyclic AMP.
  • Popular herb for angina and for the health of the hearth. Coleus increases stroke volume, which is the amount of blood pumped in each heart beat, and reduces the risk of blood clots, coleus lowers high blood pressure by acting to relax the arterial walls.
  • Treatment of gastric cancer and preventing metastatic (secondary) cancers
Composition-Active Ingredients
  • These therapeutic indications (Weight loss) for coleus are due to its principal active compound, a diterpenoid called forskolin. This is the only plant derived compound known to directly stimulate the enzyme, adenlylate cyclase, and in turn, stimulates cellular cyclic AMP which boosts our metabolism.
  • Indian and Chinese studies in the last two years have isolated a number of diterpenoids in the stem and leaves of Coleus forskohlii with a focus on treatment of gastric cancer and preventing metastatic (secondary) cancers. These have been carried out on animal models with considerable success.

Dosage Information
  • Recommended dosage of Coleus forskohlii is 50mg two to three times daily.
Warning and Potential Side Effect :
  • Care should be used when using coleus with any medication to control asthma or cardiac disease.
  • It is essential to consult your health care professional when altering medications and to thoroughly investigate how medications may interact with each other.
  • If you take blood pressure and heart medications such as beta-blockers, clonidine, hydralazine you should only take coleus under the guidance of a physician.
  • Similarly, blood thinners, including warfarin and heparin warrant coleus to be taken with caution under your physician’s care.


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