Forskolin is a type of herbal extract which belongs to Indian Coleus plant (Coleus forskohlii). Its scientific name is Plectranthus barbatus. This herbal extract basically increases levels of cyclic AMP or cAMP (Cyclic adenosine monophosphate) and thereby increases contractility of heart muscles. Many evidences have shown that forskolin has effect in platelet cells and thyroid cells. It is found that it can suppress the growth of tumor cells especially cancerous ones. But till date no there is no clinical proof whether is useful for treatment.
Uses of Forskolin
It is used in treating digestive disorders like intestinal spasm, stomach ache, nausea and gastric problems. Forskolin is also useful for treating skin problems allergies, burns, small ulcers, and even wounds. It is also used in infections like syphilis, rheumatism, ringworms, etc. It is also used to induce menstruation and it can be used as an oral contraceptive too. Forskolin is known to cure cardiovascular diseases and it is also beneficial for blood circulation in our body. People suffering from congestive cardiomyopathy are seen to be cured by giving them Forskolin. But it is given intravenously to improve the heart to function properly. Forskolin is also known to Asthma problems as well as chest pains. If Forskolin is inhaled slightly with a proper dose, it can cure asthma problems.
Forskolin is found to cure sexual problems in men. It is researched that injecting Forskolin at the base of penis can improve erectile dysfunction in men. Basically, it is injected along with other drugs like prostaglandin E1and papaverine.
Stressful eyes or increased level of pressure in the eyes can be cured with Forskolin drops, which decrease the pressure in eyes and make them healthier without any disease.
Side Effects of Forskolin
Forskolin is believed to be safe for adults when treated intravenously like application as inhalation or as eye drops. But in some cases it has side effects too. It causes flushing and makes the blood pressure low while if it is inhaled it might result in throat irritation. Even eyes with Forskolin can cause stinging to eyes.
Forskolin is found to be unsafe when used during pregnancy. It can lower or stop the growth of the fetus. Usage of Forskolin should be avoided if a woman is breast feeding.