|By goGreen | August 31, 2011|
Erect, branched, fleshy annual herb, about 1 m high. Stems, purplish and 4-angled. Leaves are blotched or colored, ovate, 5-10 cm long, with toothed margins. Flowers are purplish, numerous, in simple or branched inflorescences, 15-30 cm long.
- Bruises and sprains: Crush or pound 10-12 leaves and apply over the ankles, wrists or affected areas for 30 minutes, three times daily. Use a bandage to hold the poultice in place.
- Carminative: Take decoctions of leaves.
- Headache: Pound leaves and apply over temples and nape.
- Mild bleeding of wounds: Wash the young leaves; crush and extract the juice. Drop a few drops of the juice directly on the wound. Apply the crushed leaves as poultice.
- Sinusitis: Heat 10-12 fresh leaves over a fire; apply while still hote over the forehead for the frontal sinues or over the cheeks for the maxillary sinuses, twice daily.
- Dyspepsia: Decoction, taken internally.
- Eyedrops for eye inflammation.
- Reported use in Asian traditional medicine for asthma, angina, bronchitis, epilepsy, insomnia, skin rashes and various digestive problems.
- In India, fresh juice of leaf and stem is mixed withh the juice of raw Citrus fruits and applied over the skin during scorpion bite.
- Antimicrobial / Diterpenes: Diastereomeric Diterpenes from Coleus blume: Study yielded a new abietane type diterpene that whowed antimicrobial activity against B subtilis, P aeruginosa and C albicans.
- Antioxidant: Antioxidant Activity of Coleus Blumei, Orthosiphon Stamineus, Ocimum basilicum and Mentha arvensis from Lamiaceae Family: Study showed all methanol samples exhibited antioxidant activity and suggested that Lamiaceae plants has pharmaceutical potential for its antioxidant properties.
- Forskolin / Erectile Dysfunction: Study has shown forskolin may enhance smooth muscle relaxation. Studies are needed to assess the use of coleus in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
- Anthelmintic: Leaf extract showed high efficacy against Hymenolepsis nana (mice).
- Analgesic / Anti-Inflammatory / Antimicrobial: Study isolated a mixture of sterols and triterpenes from the leaves of Coleus blumei. The isolates exhibited analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. The study also isolated capesterol, a-amyrin and b-amyrin.
Source: Philippine Medicinal Plants