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Coleus, Coleus forskohlii
Parts used: Root.
Constituents: Essential oil and diterpenes, especially the labdane diterpene forskolin (0.2 to 0.3%), which is also known as coleonol.
Actions: Hypotensive, Vasodilator, Antiplatelet, Anti-glaucoma, Bronchospasmolytic, Cardiotonic.
Indications:
Hypertension, Congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular disease (vasodilation) - but not to be used in cases of low blood pressure.
Ischaemic heart disease and thrombosis (antiplatelet effect).
Glaucoma (topically and possibly internally).
Asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, bronchodilatation.
Digestive insufficiency, ↑proteolytic enzymes from stomach and pancreas, this stabilizes the immune system (autoimmune disease).
Possible uses for weight loss, psoriasis, poor fertility, mild hypothyroidism by mimicking TSH.
Herbal extract 1:1, 40-80mL per week.
For glaucoma about 4 to 8 drops of 1:1 extract in an eve bath.
Contraindications: Forskolin has the ability to potentiate many drugs. Use cautiously in patients taking prescribed medication. Contraindicated in hypotension.