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A MINI REVIEW OF COLEUS FORSKOHLII

Teena Kumawat and *Dr. Lily Trivedi

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Coleus forskohlii / Coleus barbetus (family Lamiaceae) is an important project of the Indian Ayurveda medicine. Forskolin is used for the treatment of eczema, asthma, psoriasis, superficial vascular lesions and hypertension, a decrease in intracellular CAMP levels which is considered an important factor in the development of the disease. The tubers possess medicinal properties and significantly rich source of both enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants. The active ingredient (forskolin) a labdane diterpene, is an adenylyl cyclase activator and cAMP stimulator, used in research studies by medical professionals and pharmacologists. The main forskolin forks still reside in the roots of C. forskohlii whether wild or cultivated. Micropropogation from the tip of the shoot and callus extracts outbreaks several leaves and roots in coleus. This review paper presents a brief communication of the plant, in vitro and uses of Coleus.

Keywords: Coleus forskohlii, Lamiaceae, Forskolin, medicinal plant, tissue culture.


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