Forskolin may treat heart conditions, such as high blood pressure, and respiratory problems, such as asthma, according to WebMD. Although there is some evidence for forskolin’s effectiveness in treating these conditions, the research is not conclusive, and there is insufficient evidence to support its use in other applications, as of 2015.
Some of the other potential applications include using forskolin as an oral supplement to treat a wide range of conditions, including urinary tract infections, inflammatory skin conditions, sleep disorders, male erectile dysfunction and irritable bowel syndrome, explains WebMD. Other potential uses include an intravenous treatment to treat heart failure and eye drops for glaucoma patients.
Due to the lack of research on the effects of forskolin on pregnant and breast-feeding women, they should avoid taking it, cautions WebMD. In high amounts, the chemical may adversely affect the development of a fetus in the womb. Because of its potential to lower blood pressure, patients with low blood pressure and patients with some heart conditions should also avoid the drug. Patients planning surgery who take forskolin should cease intake at least two weeks prior to the surgery.
Forsoklin comes from the root of the Coleus forskohlii plant, states WebMD. Individuals have used it for heart and breathing problems for centuries. It can affect the heart by widening blood vessels and strengthening the heart beat.