Coleus to treat glaucoma

15 November 2011


Coleus is one of the herbs used in my clinical practice to treat high blood pressure and to aid in weight loss.

According to a perspective study by Hossain, Kawar & Nahas (2007), diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some cancers are related to excess weight.

According to Bone (2007, p.26), Coleus is cardiotonic and anti-obesity. It is indicated for metabolic syndrome X – those of us with waist >40 inches, low HDL cholesterol, high glucose and triglycerides.

In a double blind clinical trial conducted in America, 30 overweight male volunteers, with Body Mass Index (BMI) of >25, randomly received Coleus extract or placebo for a period of 12 weeks. The results showed a significant decrease in fat loss and body fat. The reduction in fat mass from baseline to post-treatment with Coleus was 4.5kg (Godard, Johnson, & Richmond, 2005).

However, many people are not aware that Coleus’ clinical value of topical application in glaucoma has been confirmed.

For those with early stage of glaucoma, external application of Coleus (and internal, for high blood pressure, if any) has been effective and helpful, as seen among my patients with glaucoma. Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Avoiding all forms of sugar (including excessive intake of honey and fruit juices) and high glycemic foods, and taking sufficient rest are factors necessary for holistic prevention.


Pax (Peace)
Sebastian Liew, MNHAA (Australia)

Hossain, P., Kawar, B., Nahas, M.E. (2007). Obesity and Diabetes in the Developing World — A Growing Challenge.  The New England Journal of Medicine, 356, 213-215.
Bone, K. (2007). The ultimate herbal compendium. Warwick, Queensland: Phytotherapy press.
Godard, M.P., Johnson, B.P., Richmond, S.R. (2005).Body Composition and Hormonal Adaptations Associated with Forskolin Consumption in Overweight and Obese Men. Obesity Research, 13, 1335–1343, doi: 10.1038/oby.2005.162
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About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website
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