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Coleus General Information
Coleus forskohlii is a perennial plant, with strong camphor like odor, also called Coleus aromaticus. This herb has been used since ancient times in Hindu and Ayurvedic traditional medicine. This herb is in the mint family and grows well in warm temperate or subtropical areas. The plant is native to areas of India, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Coleus has long been used in traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine. Plant height is approximately 1 – 2 feet and its striking leaves are teardrop shaped. A cluster of stalked pale purple or blue flowers branches off a single stem. The rootstock is typically golden brown, thick, fibrous and radically spreading. The roots are harvested in the fall when Forskolin is at its most concentrated and the color is the brightest.

Coleus gained popularity when in the 70’s a Western researcher found a chemical extract from the root called, Forskolin. Forskolin was named after the Finnish botanist, Forskal. Forskolin is responsible for almost all pharmacological activities attributed to Coleus forskohlii; extracts of this constituent have been used in nearly all studies. There is evidence that the plant has other uses, such as volatile oils and other diterpenoids, may contribute to the pharmacological activity and absorption of Forskolin.

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Coleus Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Traditionally, the Coleus herb was used for the treatment of asthma and congestive heart failure, but it has been discovered that the same biological mechanism which helps these conditions is also of value in helping the body shed excess fat, if patients are already following a proper weight-reduction program and performing at least a set amount of endurance exercise. The active ingredient in this herb stimulates signaling agents within adipose tissue, which leads to the breakdown of triglycerides and the release of fatty acids and glycerol into the bloodstream. During any form of endurance exercise, the fatty acids are extracted from the bloodstream and are burned as a fuel for the body. During this process fat cells shrink in size, which helps overweight people, reduce their body fat more efficiently.

Coleus forskohlii supplements can help people burn fat and works well in conjunction with a weight-loss or wellness program. Unlike ephedra, which also releases fats to the bloodstream, the active ingredient in Coleus forskohlii does not stimulate the central nervous system, and therefore, does not cause “sudden-death" heart attack, stroke, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, or other serious adverse side effects associated with the use of ephedra. Coleus is also used to treat congestive heart failure, hypertension, and asthma, eczema, and psoriasis.

Forskolin primary mode of action is to increase cyclic adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP) and cAMP-mediated functions, via activation of the enzyme adenylate cyclase. Forskolin has been shown to increase cAMP formation in many areas of the human body. Intracellular cAMP levels are decreased in numerous diseases, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, eczema, psoriasis, hypertension, angina, and obesity; Forskolin's ability to elevate cAMP has been shown to be of benefit in these circumstances. Clinical studies demonstrate Forskolin significantly lowers blood pressure via relaxation of vascular smooth muscle.

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Coleus Dosage Information
The standard dosage for treating all conditions, is 250 mg of Coleus, 2 times per day (standardized grade of 1 percent forskolin content) or 50 mg, 2 times per day (standardized grade of 18 percent forskolin, or 9 mg of forskolin per 50-mg tablet).

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Coleus Safety & Interaction Information
Coleus forskohlii has been shown to be nontoxic and there are no known side effects associated this herb; however, it should be avoided by those who suffer with peptic ulcers, as it may possibly increase stomach acidity, although no adverse events of this nature have been published. For those on anti-asthmatic and antihypertensive drugs it is best to consult your physician first before taking Coleus. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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