Coleus (Coleus forskohlii)

Coleus (Coleus forskohlii)

Coleus Forskohlii

Introduction

Coleus Forskohlii Herb Extract is derived from roots from Coleus Forskohlii. Coleus is used in India folk medicines and is a traditional digestive remedy.

Plant Anatomy

Plant height is approximately 1-2 feet and its striking leaves are teardrop shaped, shimmering green framing a bright purple center; leaf color varies depending on the amount of shade. A cluster of stalked pale purple or blue flowers branches off a single stem.

 The rootstock is typically golden brown, thick, fibrous, and radially spreading. The roots are harvested in the fall, when forskolin is at its most concentrated and the color is the brightest.

Cultivation & harvesting

Coleus Forskohlii is Medicinal herb, it’s a bushy growing up to 2 feet. The active ingredient is Forskolin which is extracted by solvent extraction and exported to Japan, Germany, USA and Russia for drug formulation.

Generally its dry roots are marketed but its wet root also can be marketed

1. Soil – Light or Medium (Sandy Loamy) and drained soil.
2. Climate- Moderate, Maharashtra climate is suitable 
3. Sowing – From July to March
4. Crop duration- 6 to 7 Month.
5. Seed/ Planting material- 22 to 25 thousand fresh cuttings per acre.

Location

It is a perennial herb with fleshy, fibrous roots that grows wild in the warm subtropical temperate areas in India, Burma and Thailand.

Currently the plant is extensively cultivated is Southern India.

Chemical composition

The radially spread rootstock is the portion of the plant which is used for medicinal purpose. The extracts taken from the roots contain pharmacologically active forskolin. No other species of Coleus contains forskolin. The standardized extract provides 10 % to 20 % of forskolin.

Uses:

  • Forskohlii helps to lower blood pressure, dilates the blood vessels. It is concerted to be a good Heart tonic.
  • Relaxation of the arteries and smooth muscles
  • lowering blood pressure,
  • Enhanced insulin secretion (which can help drive carbohydrates and protein into muscle cells for energy and recovery),
  • Increased thyroid hormone function (which can help enhance metabolic rate),
  • Significantly increase lipolysis (fat burning).
  • Forskolin also seems to benefit other cellular enzymes as well.

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