I'm noticing forskolin supplements all over the place now as a weight loss aid, but in actuality, it's been used for centuries for a ton of different health care issues, including by the medical industry itself. I've been taking it to lower my blood pressure. I've had mounting medical issues simply burying me, and my blood pressure has been through the roof. I took this for 2 weeks before my last doctor's visit and the nurse who sees me regularly actually remarked surprise at how much lower my blood pressure was compared to the last 6 months of almost bi-weekly visits. With my current physical issues, exercising has been out of the question so I can't vouch for it's weight loss effects, but I can say that on that aspect, it hits the mark.
Forskolin is a chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus barbatus (Coleus forskohlii). This plant has been used since ancient times to treat heart disorders such as high blood pressure and chest pain (angina), as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma.
When taken by mouth, forskolin is also used to treat allergies, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, obesity, painful menstrual periods, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), urinary tract infections (UTI), bladder infections, advanced cancer, blood clots,sexual problems in men, trouble sleeping (insomnia), and convulsions.
Healthcare providers sometimes give forskolin intravenously (by IV) for heart failure.
Some people breathe in (inhale) forskolin powder for asthma.
Forskolin drops are used in the eyes to treat glaucoma.
Herbal product manufacturers are now producing Coleus forskohlii extracts that contain high levels of forskolin. These preparations are being promoted for the same conditions for which forskolin has been traditionally used.