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Periwinkle
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Apocynaceae (=Leguminosae)
Genus :
Vinca
Species :
minor; major
Genus :
Catharanthus
Species :
roseus
COMMON NAMES
Periwinkle; Madagascar Periwinkle; Rosy Periwinkle
USES
Astringent; Vascular issues; Purgative
DESCRIPTION
Periwinkle is a very common creeping perennial with dark green leaves and white, pink, to purple flowers. It has a long history of use, although it is not commonly used as an herbal remedy in modern treatments. The plant contains alkaloids and tannins, with a major alkaloid being vincamine, related to the semisynthetic vinpocetine.
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