Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3823


Botanical Description of Coleus forskohlii: A Review

Barkat Ali Khan1,2*, Naveed Akhtar1, Masood Anwar1, Tariq Mahmood1, Haroon Khan3, Irshad Hussain1 and Kamran Ahmad Khan2
1Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 2Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Gomal University Dear Ismail Khan, Pakistan. 3Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Gomal University Dear Ismail Khan, Pakistan.
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  •  Accepted: 02 April 2012
  •  Published: 30 September 2012


Natural products continue to play a significant role in the detection and advancement of new pharmaceuticals as clinically useful drugs and as raw materials to produce synthetic drugs, or as lead compound from which a totally synthetic drug is designed. Coleus is a member of the mint family and native to India and grows in the subtropical temperate climates of India, Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka and is a popular ornamental plant. Coleus plant have reputed medicinal uses including antiaggregant, anticancer, antidepressant, antidiuretic, antiglaucomic, antimetastatic, antispasmodic and bronchodilator. This article gives a comprehensive look on Coleus as a natural product and aims to present it in a brief manner for the researchers, botanists, pharmacognosists and herbalists to refresh their knowledge about Coleus.


Key words: Coleus, ornamental plant, mint family.