Coleus forskolii Common name: Coleus
Part used: Root
Actions: Hypotensive, bronchodilating, inflammation modulating, positive inotropic, lipolysis stimulator, thyroid hormone release stimulator, mood elevator, platelet aggregation inhibitor
Pharmacology: An adenylate cyclase activator (stimulates the formation of ATP)
Medical uses: Hypertension, allergies, asthma, dilated cardiomyopathy, glaucoma, hypothyroidism, obesity
Contraindications: Caution with active peptic ulcer
Toxicity: Overall very safe; GI stimulating, possibly vasodilating
Interactions: Theoretical concern it may potentiate warfarin and digoxin.