Last Modified on Nov 03, 2014
Periwinkle offers a lovely little flower, but it is the leaves and the seeds that are used in folk medicine. The leaves and seeds are rich in the chemical vincamine, an alkaloid that has positive effects on memory and has long been used to combat the effects of aging. In the body, it metabolizes into the brain chemical, vinpocetine.
Lesser Periwinkle or common periwinkle (vinca minor) is most often the species within the periwinkle family that is used for natural medicinal purposes. It is known as an astringent agent and as good for controlling excessive blood flow. In that last roll, it is used to treat wounds and to reduce menstrual flow.
Diabetes: However, periwinkle is best known as a natural remedy to help those with diabetes. Periwinkle is said to control swings in blood sugar. There is only limited data to support to this contention, though it has a long history of use behind it for that purpose as an herbal remedy.
Periwinkle is often and most safely taken as a tea.
[YEA] Yes it is very true and I just need to share my family's experience about this wonderful herb! My 2 cousins who had endometrial (stage 3) and cervical (stage 4) cancers were advised by my mother who was a herbalist to take periwinkle tea using its roots (OVER BITTER!!! ) at least for 3 cups a day or as much as they could and after 6 months their cancers went down to stage 1 after a year they were completely healed. It's been 20 years now and both my cousins are very healthy and still maintaining to drink their teas regularly. KUDOS to Periwinkle...
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Los Angeles, California. Usa
05/11/2013Posted by Parla (Tdplclark1@sbcglobal.net, Tx) on 05/06/2011
my grand-daughter had leukemia when she was 6. she is 23 now. they cured her with the periwinkle drug vincristine. they camp they send children with cancer is called "Camp Periwinkle"
Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Shad (Houston, TX) on 01/28/2009
[YEA] My deceased father used to take 2 flowers (10 petals) first thing in the morning and breakfast after 30 minutes, it kept his diabetes in control. Before using this traetment his diabetes was uncontrolled.Posted by Hariom (Sampla[rohtak], Haryana INDIA) on 08/27/2008
Comman Name: Sadabahar Sadaphul, Sadasuhagan
English Name: Tropical Periwinkle
It is a perennial herb, erect, much branched. 70-80 cm high. Leaves alliptic to obovate, rounded retuse or mucronulate at apex acute at base. Flowers in 1-4 flowered cymes. Calyx segments subulate. Corolla whitish or pinkish. Follicles 2-3 cm long, pubescnt.
Parts used : Leaves and roots
Diabetes-If anyone is suffering from diabetes [sugar] can be cured by sadabahr flower.
Take five to seven pinkish [not white] fresh flower. Boil two cup of water. in one cup add the flower and keep covered. after some time about 30 mintue throw the flower and drink the water. after that drink the second cup of water. do not eat any thing for 30 mintue do for seven days. after seven days stop for seven days then repeat again for seven days. keep checked your sugar.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by HARIOM (SAMPLA, HARYANA [INDIA]) on 09/10/2008
A flower, that looked very familiar, but seen in the premises of Jungle Lodges at BR Hills , it caught my attention. Took the usual snaps, expecting to label it with Kehimkar's Indian Wild flowers book. The flowers were not seen in the book, surprise, and somehow I stumbled upon the label Rosy Periwinkle, a plant from Madagascar that has given some major cancer saving drugs. I can't believe it, I seem to notice this plants almost everywhere now.....
Traditional healers in Madagascar used this plant for treating diabetes. Curious with this, western researchers, dug in, and studied the effects of the chemicals in the leaves on rats, they noticed that the blood sugar levels of the animals were not affected but rather their white blood cell counts had decreased, thus its anti-cancer properties were discovered. Vincristine and Vinblastine are powerful anticancer agents, and are two of the most important medicinal compounds found in plants in the last 40 years. Vincristine is a standard treatment for Hodgkin's disease, and vinblastine for childhood leukemia. Although extracts from Madagascar periwinkle have been shown to lower blood sugar levels, simple preparations of the whole plant may not be effective.
Long before modern researchers learned of the plant's valuable and varied properties, folk healers in faraway places were using the Madagascar periwinkle for a host of medicinal purposes. In India, they treated wasp stings with the juice from the leaves. In Hawaii, they prescribed an extract of the boiled plant to arrest bleeding. In Central America and parts of South America, they made a gargle to ease sore throats and chest ailments. In Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and other islands, an extract of the flowers was commonly administered as a soothing eyewash. Periwinkle is used in folk medicine in the Philippines as a remedy for diabetes. Most of these practices are still followed.
Rosy periwinkle grows up to two and a half feet tall. Leaves are oval and have a glossy surface. The five-lobed flowers are usually white or light pink. Note the leaves in this pic. Periwinkle was called "sorcerers violet" by the French, in reference to its use in charms and love potions. Europeans also believed that periwinkle had the power to exorcise evil spirits. Medieval Europeans used rosy periwinkle frequently in garlands to protect the bearer. The Italians placed garlands of the plant on the graves of infants, calling it the flower of death. During the Enlightenment in Europe, the French considered periwinkle an emblem of friendship. Low light conditions, some of the flowers have come out bright!!!!
Lets look at Vinblastine in detail. Vinblastine has become a widely applied drug, and is today used primarily in the treatment of the following conditions by interfering with glutamic acid metabolism (specifically, the pathways leading from glutamic acid to the Krebs cycle and to urea formation).
Advanced testicular cancer
Advanced breast cancer
Vincristine is interesting too. This vinca alkaloid is a spindle inhibitor and is a cell specific agent, blocking cells in the metaphase of mitosis. During mitosis, the DNA of a cell replicates, dividing into two new cells. The vinca alkaloids therefore affect all rapidly dividing cell types, including cancer cells but also as intestinal epithelium and bone marrow.
Vincristine is used primarily to treat
Well, I don't know most of the listed cancer disorders, anyways these two alkaloids are impressive. Herz the chemical structure of these two guyz.
So, Rosy Periwinkle, you can't miss this plant. Look for it, and take your hats off to it ;-))Posted by Rafael (Miami, FL) on 05/06/2007
[YEA] Just to let you know of a few cures that periwinkle flower work. My mother is from Cuba and most of the remedies when i was a kid were from plants i used to make fun, especially taking periwinkle flowers boiling them and used as an eyewash for eye infections. She said the white flower periwinkle, but who knows if the other colors work. But let me tell it works and now i found out the there is chemotherapy for leukemia made from this flower so i guess mom was right. Also used as a mouth gargle for strep.Replied by HARIOM
SAMPLA, Haryana INDIA