Generic: Coleus forskohlii
treats Breathing aid for intubation, Cardiomyopathy, Glaucoma, Erectile dysfunction, Depression and schizophrenia, Asthma, Anti-inflammatory action after cardiopulmonary bypass, and Breast milk stimulant
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abdominal colic, abdominal cramps, abortion, allergies, angina (chest pain), anti- HIV 1, antioxidant, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), atopic dermatitis, autoimmune diseases, bladder infection, bladder pain, bloating, bronchitis, cancer, cataract, cerebral vascular insufficiency, circulatory tonic, congestive heart failure, convulsions, diabetes, digestion, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), eczema, epilepsy, gas, gastric diseases, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), immunostimulant, inflammatory disease, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ischemic heart disease, liver diseases, malabsorption, menstrual cramps, metastatic cancer, obesity, painful urination, peptic ulcer, poor sperm motility, psoriasis (chronic skin disease), skin rashes, spasmolytic spastic colon, stroke, thrombosis (blood clots), urinary tract infection (UTI), weight- loss, worms.
Adults (18 years and older)
There is no proven safe or effective dose for coleus. Many natural medicine experts recommend 50 milligrams of coleus extract (18% forskolin), taken 1- 3 times daily by mouth, although the safety or efficacy of these doses has not been demonstrated. A dose of 250 milligrams of less- concentrated coleus extract (1% forskolin) taken 1- 3 times daily has also been commonly used. As a dried root, 6- 12 grams daily has been used, and as a fluid extract, 6- 12 milliliters daily has been used.
Colforsin daropate 0.5- 0.75mcg/ kg- 1/ min- 1 has been used for its anti- inflammatory action after cardiopulmonary bypass and to aid in airway resistance after tracheal intubation. Although coleus has been studied for depression, schizophrenia, cardiomyopathy and glaucoma, no commercially available products have been proven safe for these uses.
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is no proven safe or effective dose for coleus in children.