Forskolin – Introduction, Usage, Side Effects and Dosages – A Complete Guide


Forskolin is an herb, which is generally found in the roots of the plant plectranthus barbatus. It is being used for medicinal purposes from ancient times. Most commonly it was used for heart disorders like chest pain and high blood pressure and also breathing related problems such as asthma.

With addition to medicinal value for heart and breathing related problems, it was also very helpful in treating allergies and skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It also helped with obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, bladder infection, urinary tract infection, and blood clots, sexual problems in men, advanced cancer, insomnia and also convulsions.

Even though there are so many benefits of Forskolin and it is helpful in treating so many conditions, there is still no scientific proof that Forskolin if taken orally is effective.


Usage –

Forskolins were basically used for traditional medical purposes. Traditional medical purposes involved in treatment for skin (wounds, insect bites, burns, allergies), infections (like syphilis, ringworm), digestive disorders (gastric and intestinal spasm, stomach-ache, like purgative, and also for nausea). It is also helpful in many other conditions like rheumatism, neck stiffness. It was also used as a natural oral contraceptive by women.

Dosages –

Even though there is no scientific proof that Forskolin is effective when taken orally, it is still used by many people and is able to take advantage of it.

For asthma – 10 mg daily for over 2 – 6 months

For weight loss – 250 mgs of 10% Forskolin extract. 2 times daily for about 12 weeks is considered beneficial.

Possible side effects –

As it is natural, it is unlikely for adults to experience any side effects from using this drug. However, still there has to be a slight percentage of possibility there. Some of the very rare and highly unlikely side effects are mentioned below:-

  • Flushing sensation and low blood pressure. (when injected)
  • Throat irritation, cough, restlessness and tremor. (when inhaled)
  • Stinging sensation inside the eye (when used as eye drops)

Some safety measures –

  • Pregnancy or nursing –

One of its usages was as oral contraceptives, it is best to avoid taking Forskolin at the time of pregnancy or lactating.

  • Bleeding disorders –

Even though it is unlikely, but there are circumstances when it is shown that the usage of Forskolin may increase bleeding disorders.

  • Heart problems –

There are some evidences that prove Forskolin is used for treating heart and breathing related issues, it may result in worsening them. So, if you are experiencing any kind of discomfort, discontinue the drug immediately.

  • Surgery –

It is advised to stop using Forskolin at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date of your surgery. As there are chances that the drug may increase bleeding disorder on and after surgery.

  • Toxicities –

There are very less evidence for this, but in some cases embryo toxicity is reported.

  • Body balance –

Because of bleeding disorders the user can experience dizziness and weakness while standing and walking.

There is no clinical proof of the usage and benefits of Forskolin, but it is still naturally very beneficial for humans.


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