It’s been called “lightening in a bottle” and “a miracle flower” by the famous Dr. Oz, but what does the trusted and equally famous Dr. Weil have to say about forskolin?
He weighed in a few years ago, when a patient asked him about it. Here’s his wise advice about taking forskolin extract.
What Dr. Weil has to say about Forskolin.
Dr. Weil cites a Duke University study on forskolin in order to answer a patient’s question. The question had to do with taking forskolin for UTIs (urinary tract infections).
The study revealed evidence supporting the idea that forskolin may enhance the powers of antibiotics used to treat UTIs.
As a natural product, extracted from the plant called Coleus forskohlil, there are fewer chances of adverse side effects from taking this supplement.
Dr. Weil does only cite the article and report the findings since he stated he did not at the time have any personal experience with forskolin.
The lining of the bladder, where UTIs occur, has many pouch-like structures. Germs can hide here very easily, making it difficult for antibiotics to reach them and kill the germs.
Those germs linger and reactivate the infection. Forskolin was able to flush out those hidden germs so the antibiotics could have a chance to do their work on them, killing them. The Duke study was done on mice and the forskolin was injected.
The next steps will have to be to give lab animals the forskolin by mouth, then work up to larger animals, finally to human clinical trials.
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Dr. Weil admits that we don’t yet know how much forskolin to administer in humans, and that there’s no evidence that forskolin alone will treat UTIs. As is in line with his philosophy of medicine, he advises taking antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, with a forskolin supplement to augment germ-destroying powers of the antibiotic.
About Dr. Weil, and why so many people look to him for medical advice.
Dr. Weil has a few monikers, but probably the most accurate is “the godfather of alternative medicine”. He has the singular distinction of being both traditionally trained (Harvard Med. School, no less!) and “alternatively influenced”.
His medical knowledge is grounded in hard science but he’s open to alternative medicinal techniques and looks at them with a critical eye that many people have come to trust.
Dr.Andrew Weil was solely responsible for creating the field of alternative medicine as we know it today. No small feat, considering our medical establishment is slow as molasses to adopt anything alternative whatsoever.
He started the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he still works as Director. His basic philosophy of health is to follow what your doctor tells you to do, but work in some alternative therapies on the side. These include:
- herbal remedies
He is a strong promoter of taking Vitamin D regularly. He advises paying close attention to antioxidants and eating a healthy diet. His program also advises taking supplements of Co Q10, especially if you take statins to lower your cholesterol.
As an all-natural supplement, forskolin fits in with the Dr. Weil program for optimal living.