COLEUS, Coleus forskohlii, Coleus Barbatus


Latin name:         Coleus forskohlii, Coleus Barbatus

English name: Coleus, Forskohlin

Sanskrit name: Mayini, Mankadi

Indian name: Mayamul, Garmar

Medicinal parts used: Roots

Coleus forskohlii is an herb common in India. It is commonly found on arid lands of western India. This herb is a member of Laminaceae plant family.

This is an annual or perennial, pungent aromatic erect herb. The stem is much branched from the woody base, semi spreading herb; it grows to a height of 0.5 meter. The leaves are ovate or obovate and glandular hairy. The flowers are purple or pale blue in color. The flowers appear in spike like terminal racemes.

Therapeutic use:

  • Coleus improves blood flow inside the brain and eases the intraocular pressure of glaucoma by stimulating better blood flow inside the eyes.
  • Coleus helps in the relaxation of smooth muscles and increases blood flow, both important actions in a healthy sexual response.
  • The enzyme level actions of Coleus help reduce the inflammation of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  • Higher cell concentrations of AMP improve the hearts ability to contract and relax arteries.
  • Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for promoting a healthy weight, it acts as a digestive aid and increases nutrient absorption.
  • Forskohlin has been shown to increase the concentration of a chemical called cAMP, thus dilating the walls of arteries. This action makes it useful in treating asthma and high blood pressure.
  • Studies have shown that forskohlin promotes favourable changes in body composition by increasing lean body mass and decreasing body fat percentages.

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