bronchodilator (in the treatment of asthma) and has been shown to effectively reverse methacholine -induced broncho constriction in extrinsic asthmatics.
Standardized Coleus extracts containing forskolin (18% in 50 mg) find

application in weight-loss programmes. (Michael T. Murray.)
Studies on forskolin and some 50 derivatives of the compound indicate that the natural product is more active than the analogs prepared from it.
The wild var. is known as Kaffir Potato.
Coleus vettiveroides K. C. Jacob. Family Lamiaceae.
Habitat Native to Sri Lanka. Now under cultivation in Kerala and
Tamil Nadu.
Ayurvedic Hrivera, Hiruberaka,
Ambu, Ambhas, Udaka, Udichya,
Jala, Vaari, Toya, Vaalaka, Baalaa,
Baalaka, Baala. (Also equated with
Pavonia odorata Wild.) Siddha/Tamil Kuruver.
Folk Iruveli (Kerala).
Action Leaves—cooling and
carminative, used for indigestion, dyspepsia, dysentery, also for ulcers, bleeding disorders, dermatitis.
C. zeylanicus (Benth.) Cramer (synonym Plectranthus zeylanicus Benth.) has been identified as a source of Ayurvedic drug Hrivera. The juice of stem and leaves, mixed with honey, is prescribed for diarrhoea.
The plant afforded abietane type diterpenoides and a stereoisomer.
Colocasia esculenta
(Linn.) Schott.

Synonym C. antiquorum Schott.

168 Commelina benghalensis Linn.

Family Araceae.
Habitat Cultivated throughout
English Taro, EdibleYam.
Ayurvedic Pindaaluka, Aaluki.
Siddha/Tamil Chaembu, Shaeppamkizhangu.

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