It is an extract of an Ayurvedic herbal medicinal: Makandi; Latin name: Coleus Forskohlii. This plant grows in abundance on dry and semi-dry plains of lower Himalaya region. The root has medicinal properties of being pungent, heating, goes to Lungs, Heart and Liver (Blood); reduces internal cold-wind (vata) and cold-damp (kapha). Because of its hot and pungent in nature, it is used in certain cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.
Why will anyone in their right mind take a dose of highly processed extract of herbal medicinal, that is traditionally used (in combination with other medicinal and specific diet) for cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, to cause weight loss? The increase in metabolic rate is a by product of the herb and prolong use will have side effects because it also increases stomach acid, blood heat, heart rate, and dilates vessels. Is this miracle worth the long term prize?