Coleus Forskohlii is a perennial plant of the Lamiaceae family. The roots of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes. Coleus Forskohlii was first found in the lower elevations of India although it is now grown throughout the world. In traditional medicine, coleus forskohlii was use for insomnia, as well as the heart and respiratory disorders.
The most active constituent in Coleus Forskohlii is forskolin, a diterpene. It activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase in both the heart and smooth muscle. This leads to many other processes in the body.