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Coleus - / Coleus forskolii ( Plectranthus barbatus )


Family:

Labiateae/ Lamiaceae

Genus:

Coleus

Species:

Forskolii

Folk / Common Names:

Inian coleus, forskolii,boldo brasileiro, Oxalá's carpet, false boldo, makandi , mao hou qiao rui hua, pashanabhedi

Actions:

Cardio tonic, hypotensive, vasodilator, positive inotropic, platelet aggregation inhibitory, and smooth muscle relaxant activities; also lowers intraocular pressure and promotes release of hormones from the pituitary gland.

Part(s) Used:

Root

Constituents:

Forskoliin, rosemarinic acid, flavonoid glucronides, diterpenoids, essential oil

Uses:

Used to lower high blood pressure and as a tonic for the Heart.
Coleus mildly stimulates the metabolism by increasing thyroid hormones and increases the secretion of insulin. It has been used for asthma and also for weight loss.
Coleus forskohlii can be used as eye drops to reduce eye pressure in glaucoma.

Majikal Uses:

none Known

Notes:

Care should be used when taking coleus with any other medication to control asthma or cardiac disease.

For those taking blood pressure and heart medications such as beta-blockers, clonidine, hydralazine, the herb should only be used under the guidance of a physician.

Similarly, blood thinners, including warfarin and heparin require that coleus be taken with caution under a physician’s care.

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