HEALTH BENEFITS OF PERIWINKLE

PERIWINKLE FLOWER 

Periwinkle is a perennial evergreen herbaceous medicinal herb growing 1 Meter tall  with trailing branches.The leaves are shiny dark green ,hairless with a pale midrib and a short petiole,they are arranged in opposite pairs .Flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red center,and a basal tube with 5 petal like lobes. Blue and white color flowers varieties are also available. The stems from roots at the nodes as they creep along the ground.
  • Periwinkle is a endangered species and common ornamental plant in India,native to Madagascar.
  • Scientific name of this plant is "Catharanthus roseus" belongs to the family of "Apocyanaceae".
  • Common names of this plant are periwinkle,red periwinkle,  old maid,chruch flower,ram goat rose,myrtle and magdalena. 
  • It is a traditional medicine used in world wide including Europe,China,India,Pacific and Caribbean Islands to treat numerous diseases .
  • It has an  antibacterial,anticancer,antispasmodic,carminative ,coagulant,depurative,diuretic,emetic and sedative properties.
  • This plant has some main constituents like vincamine,vanillic acid,urolic acid,beta sitosterol,reserpine,P-coumatic acid,tannin and 100 alkaloids that can be found in periwinkle plants extracts.
  • Periwinkle is an excellent all round astringent they may be used internally and externally .
  • It helps to cure :
  • Leukemia,Hodgkin's disease,Malignant lymphoma,neuroblastoma ,wilms tumor,high blood pressure,cerebral blood flow,Diarrhea,Memory loss,Menorrhagia.
  •  Cerebral vasodilator for enhancing mental alertness,increase blood flow to the brain and improve the oxygenation of the cells.
  • sore throats,sour mouth,inflamed tonsils, gargling,bleeding piles,fatigue,insomnia,menopause,headache,depression,tinnitus,aggressiveness,
  • anxiety,diabetes,cystitis,uterine fibroids gastritis,glaucoma and stroke.
  • externally it is used as an oil or ointment for dermatitis,acne ,eczema ,bleeding gums,nose bleeds,mouth ulcers,bleeding hemorrhoids and urinary problems.
you can take this herb internally as tea,decoction,plant powder and mother tincture and externally as ointments and oil. 
Dosage:
For adults.
Decoction-10 - 20ml/day.
Mother tincture-10-12 drops with 30ml of water/day.
Plant powder- 3-5 grams/day.




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