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Another herb, traditionally used in India for its antihypertensive effects is coleus (Coleus forskohlii). Coleus contains diterpenes that may have antihypertensive actions.17 One of these, forskolin, is a molecule that acts directly on adenyl cyclase and leads to increased intracellular levels of the second messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).18 This, in turn, may lead to a cAMP-induced vasodilation and result in lower blood pressure. Some clinical experience with this herb indicates that about 540 mg per day of an extract standardized to 10% forskolin may have an antihypertensive effect in some people; at this dose, it is also not unusual for loose bowel movements to occur.

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