Botanical Name Coleus forskohlii
Family Lamiaceae (mint family)
Origin India
Description Coleus forskohlii is a perennial plant with a thick, tuberous rootstock and erect stems that can grow up to 30 cm in height. The leaves are opposite and ovate in shape, with toothed margins and hairy undersides. The flowers are blue to lavender in color and arranged in whorls along the stems.
Parts Used The root of the Coleus forskohlii plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Dose The recommended dose of Coleus forskohlii varies depending on the intended use, but typically ranges from 250-500 mg per day.

Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Coleus forskohlii is used in various Ayurvedic formulations, including Chitrakadi Vati and Triphala Guggulu.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) There is no specific antidote for Coleus forskohlii toxicity.
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry)
Rasa (Taste): Tikta (bitter), Katu (pungent)
Vipak (Metabolism): Katu (pungent)
Virya (Potency): Ushna (hot)
Prabhav (Impact): Medohara (reduces fat)
Other Names Sanskrit: Gandira, Makandi
Hindi: Garmar, Patharchur
Assamese: Garmai, Garima
Bengali: Pashan Bhed
Kannada: Makandiberu, Makandibevu
Malayalam: Karmegam
Manipuri: Makanda
Marathi: Pashan Bhed, Garmar
Oriya: Patharchura, Garmara
Telugu: Makandiberu, Karpuravalli


Distribution Coleus forskohlii is native to India, Nepal, and Thailand.
Pharmacognosy The main bioactive constituent of Coleus forskohlii is forskolin, which has been shown to have a wide range of pharmacological activities, including anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and anti-microbial properties.
Cultivation Coleus forskohlii is typically grown as an annual or perennial herb in tropical and subtropical regions. It requires well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
Physical Constituents Coleus forskohlii contains essential oils, tannins, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals.
Chemical Constituents The main chemical constituent of Coleus forskohlii is forskolin, which is a diterpenoid that has been shown to have a wide range of pharmacological activities.


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