Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines


On the High value Medicinal plant, Coleus forskohlii Briq.

Hygeia.J.D.Med. 2013; 5(1):69-78.

Mariya Paul, A. Radha, D. SureshKumar*

CARe KERALAM Ltd, KINFRA Small Industries Park, Nalukettu Road, KINFRAPark P.O., Koratty-680 309, Trichur, Kerala, India.

Article history: Received: 24 November 2012,   revised: 29 December 2012, accepted: 10 January 2013, Available online: 3 April 2013



Plan: To review literature on the medicinal value of Coleus forskohlii

Prologue: Coleus forskohlii is an aromatic plant belonging to the family Lamiaceae. The roots are fasciculate, thick, succulent and contain the unique chemical forskolin. Out of the 300 species of Coleus, only Coleus forskohlii contains the diterpene forskolin.

Outcome: Coleus forskohlii contains abietane diterpenoids,8,13-epoxy-labd-14-en-11-one-diterpenoids,8,13-epoxy-labd-14-en-11-one-diterpene glycosides and an essential oil with bornylacetate as the major compound. Among them the most investigated compound forskolin has significant cardiovascular effects. Forskolin derivatives are used in cardiac care.  Owing to the pharmaceutical value of forskolin, Coleus forskohlii is increasingly being cultivated all over India.

Keywords: Coleus forskohlii, forskolin, weight loss, cultivation


Mariya Paul, A. Radha, D. Suresh Kumar. Onthe High value Medicinal plant, Coleus forskohlii Briq. Hygeia.J.D.Med. 2013; 5(1):64-73. Available from   http://www.hygeiajournal.com / Article ID- Hygeia.J.D.Med/90/13



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    A field of Coleus forskohlii 


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