Herb of the Day: Coleus


Latin Name is ( Coleus forskohlii )

This plant is used in Ayurvedic remedies in India. It contains ” forskolin “, a substance that relaxes the smooth muscle of airways, opening them for easier breathing. A study in Austrian, forskolin inhaled as a power helped open the airways in asthma patients. Thus so far, no studies have investigated the impact on asthma patients of whole coleus or forskolin taken in capsules. Despite this lack of research, forskolin is used in inhalers in Europe, and in the United States it is available as a standardized extract in capsules.

As always herbs are an medicine, and should ask your doctor on using them.


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