Periwinkle: A Herbal Powerhouse, Side Effects & Dosage
The modern drugs & medicines cure a disease but simultaneously make your body addictive to their constituents as well. Let us explore diabetes, the patient is advised to follow the prescription strictly yet suffers from disease his/her entire life. If you suffer from this disease then you can easily understand the mental pain and physical issues that comes along with it. The glucose levels go haywire if there is any fail in medicines’ consumption or a probably in your diet. However, the results are not always satisfying because practically your body never gets rid of the ailment and eventually your entire biological system falls prey to this evil malady. So what is the truest solution to this? The answer is falling in the right hands at the right time.
We often rush to a doctor as soon as the glucose levels start acting crazy. You really need to know that Mother Nature encapsulates love and care for each one of your concern. She has Periwinkle for you. An amazingly beautiful looking flower, Periwinkle can combat the symptoms and even reverse a number of diseases.
A Flower with Natural Super Power
Periwinkle is an evergreen shrub that grows in Europe, northwestern Africa, central Asia, and some parts of North America. The flowers are either pink or white with white being the most common species.
Studies conducted at Mymensingh Medical College in Bangladesh and BMC Complimentary and Alternative Medicine clearly states that Periwinkle has an amazing effect on glucose levels, if taken regularly for a given time. The studies discovered that the amazing flower significantly lowered the insulin levels in both healthy and diabetic animals, respectively. Consumption of Periwinkle promoted the secretion of insulin, which is a hormone responsible for controlled blood-sugar levels. If this does not turn your life upside down with happiness, then here is another solid fact for you. University of Michigan ( Michigan Medicine) has some data on its official website (even though the study isn’t done solely by the university) indicating that apart from Diabetes, Periwinkle, owing to the presence of a major alkaloid known as vincamine, helps in treating many diseases. The list includes:
- Kidney Diseases
- Intestinal swelling (inflammation)
- Chest pain
Why it Works?
Well, Periwinkle is just a flower yet so beneficial for the human race. What does it have in peculiar? Also known as Sadabahar ke Phool (In India) and Vinca in Latin, herbalists have used periwinkle for headaches, vertigo, and poor memory since medieval times. Periwinkle has two active compounds in it- alkaloids and tannins. The major alkaloid referred as vincamine is actually a closely related semi-synthetic derivative of Vincamine. Studies have found that it has vasodilating, blood thinning, and memory-enhancing effects. Not only this, consumption of the few flower petals and leaves can have fabulous effects on hair and skin.
You would be surprised to know that presence of alkaloids in the flower as well as in the leaves has the capacity to tame the swings in the blood sugar levels. In addition to this, women who experience menstrual cramps can reap many benefits from the plant.
Useful for Cancer! Like Seriously?
Periwinkle can treat something as deadly as Cancer in human beings. This could put you in a situation of deep amazement but the fact is all over the place. Native to southeastern coast of Africa, the rosy Periwinkle contains as many as 70 known alkaloids, many of which are anti-cancer compounds. There have been multiple scientific analysis of the flower finally revealed that presence of two precious compounds; Vincristine And Vinblastine have beneficial effect on aftermaths of Chemotherapy and Leukemia symptoms. Moreover, herbal medicines with added benefits of these compounds are also excellent for the deadly Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In the treatment of leukemia, the periwinkle-derived alkaloids show utmost positive benefits in in pediatric cases. Owing to the presence of Vincristine in the administered medicines, the survival rates in these cases has gone up from approximately 10 percent to 90 percent.
Interaction & Side Effects
No herb or medicine in the world is without any single side effect. The only way to avert the chances of these negative effects is to consume the medicine in a proper way. Any herbal medicine in the world will show up side effects if you overdo it and Periwinkle is no exception. Here are some of the cases where Periwinkle may not do its job completely:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
- Since Periwinkle has a drying effect on the issues so if you are constipated, do not use it.
- If you intake the herb along with your blood pressure lowering medicines then the numbers can go down too low, so if you suffer with low BP, don’t consume it.
- Because of the effects on blood pressure, do not consume the herb post surgery. Moreover, stop using periwinkle at least 2 weeks before a surgery.
It is imperative for you to be aware about any possible side effects. There are herbs present in Mother Nature that have both sweetness and poison present in them. It is because of this reason that factories process them before a sellout. One great example is Honey. It is assumed that you are all right with knowing the side effects. *Smile*.
Talking about the Interactions, Periwinkle interacts well with constituents present in Blood Pressure medicines. Therefore, as mentioned, you should avoid consuming the herb if a lowered BP is your concern.
Some Beautiful Names You Can Recognize the Flower With
One powerful herb but different names; various parts of the world recognize the herb by different names. Here are some of the common names for you to search the flower in your country:
- Common Periwinkle
- Lesser Periwinkle
- Petite Pervenche
- Small Periwinkle
- Vinca minor Vincae
- Violette de Serpent
Vineeta Tiwari is a content developer for past couple of years who loves trying out different topics of interest. A digital marketing enthusiast, she herself is a fitness junkie and a very active person in her personal life. She is exploring the wellness community these days and is on a mission to educate people to stay fit the right way. Being a minimalist yet living life King-size has never been so interesting and easy. Reach out to her at Google+