Medicinal Plant- Coleus


Coleus Forskohlii is an herb whose extract has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. It has been used in the ancient Indian medicinal system called Ayurveda for thousands of years. The ancient Sanskrit texts of India also describe Coleus as a medicine for healthy heart and lungs. In the modern world, there is a huge list of coleus forskohlii supplements that are used for weight loss and other therapeutic purposes.

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Root extract of Coleus Forskohlli and its effects

The major active compound present in the roots of Coleus Forskohlii is Forskolin. This compound imparts therapeutic qualities of the herb. The principal action of Forskolin in the body is to increase the production of cyclic AMP which acts as messengers between the cells. The increased level of cyclic AMP stimulates the cells to release an enzyme called hormone sensitive lipase which burns fat. Furthermore, cyclic AMP also boosts metabolism of the body which in turn aids in burning fat. Forskolin is also known to increase thyroid hormone level which also increases metabolism. This is the reason why a huge list of coleus forskohlii supplements for weight loss exists in the market. Forskolin is the sole plant derived compound known so far to stimulate an enzyme called adenylate cyclase which in turn promotes the production of cyclic AMP.

The potential of Forskolin to reduce weight is more in men than women because of its action of boosting testosterone level which aids in weight loss. A study of Forskolin conducted with overweight women found that although weight loss in them was very less, weight gain was appreciably reduced. A study has also found that Coleus Forskohlii reduced the BMI by 2.38-2.6% over a duration of two months.

Coleus Forskohlii increases testosterone level in males ,which is believed to be the result of increasing cyclic AMP in the testicles. Luteinizing hormone normally increases cyclic AMP in the testicles.

If we talk about the effects of Coleus Forskohlii on the cardiovascular system of the body, it is necessary to remember that it has been used to treat various heart ailments since ancient times. Coleus Forskohlii increases the stroke volume of the heart. Stroke volume is the volume of blood pumped by the heart with each beat. This reduces the risk of formation of blood clots. It is also beneficial for treating angina pectoris of the heart. Forskolin reduces blood pressure by relaxing the walls of the arteries.

Coleus forskohlii is also useful in treating allergies because the increased level of cyclic AMP caused by it reduces the release of histamine which is associated with allergic reactions. This anti-histamine action of Coleus also makes it an effective bronchodilator.


The recommended dosage of Forskolin is 50mg two or three times a day. It has also been said that the extract of Coleus Forskohlii must contain 10% Forskolin. Coleus Forskohlii supplements can also be stacked with other supplements like alpha [2] adrenoceptor antagonists such as Yohimbine, beta-adrenergic agonists such as Synephrine and Methylxanthines such as Caffeine.

sSupplements are available in the form of capsules, liquid, tablets and powder.

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