Health Benefits of Sadabahar, Periwinkle, or Vinca Rosea

Updated on June 27, 2017
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Sadabahar, Periwinkle or Vinca rosea Plant

Latin name : Cantharanthus roseus, formerly Vinca rosea or Lochnera rosea.

Indian names : Sadabahar, Sadapushpi, Sadaphuli, Baramasi etc.

Common names : Periwinkle, Vinca, Rosy periwinkle, Madagascar periwinkle, Cape periwinkle, Old maid, etc.

Sadabahar or periwinkle is a very commonly grown plant in India. It is native to Madagascar. There are 2 varieties that are grown for its medicinal value - the pink and the white colored flower varieties.

Ornamental varieties have been developed whose flowers are more colorful.

Sadabahar, periwinkle or vinca rosea is an evergreen shrub that is commonly grown worldwide both as an ornamental plant and for medicinal purposes. The vinca rosea plant grows to about 3 feet in height having smooth, glossy, dark green leaves, and flowers throughout the year.

The medicinal variety has white flowers and the pink flowers have a dark pink eye in the center.

pink colored flower variety of vinca rosea
pink colored flower variety of vinca rosea | Source

Health Benefits

Vinca rosea contains 2 classes of active compounds, the alkaloids and the tannins. More than 100 alkaloids have been found in this plant of which vincristine and vinblastine are most notable for their medicinal benefits.

Sadabahar or the Vinca rosea plant has been used both in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine. The leaves, flowers and roots are used in Ayurvedic medicine. Chinese medicine uses the extracts of the plant for diseases such as diabetes, malaria, leukemia and Hodgkin's disease.

In traditional medicine, the leaf juice has been used to treat wasp stings, a gargle is used for sore throats, flower extracts are used for infants' eyewash. Periwinkle tea is used to treat diabetes and cough.

Some of the health benefits of Sadabahar, periwinkle or vinca rosea plant are :

  • The leaves and stems are a source of alkaloids that have anti tumor and anti cancer properties.
  • The leaves are used to control diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • The alkaloids also offer sedative and tranquilizing properties.
  • It relieves muscle pain and depression.
  • Because of its property of detoxification and counteracting poison it is used to relieve wasp stings.
  • Sadabahar controls nosebleeds, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and sore throats.
  • It is useful in treating gastritis, cystitis, enteritis, diarrhea, diabetes, etc when taken internally.
  • The vinca rosea plant ensures brain health. Its active ingredients improve blood supply to the brain, increase the level of oxygen that the brain can utilize. It also raises serotonin levels and prevents abnormal coagulation of blood.
  • The alkaloid vincamine keeps the blood thin and has memory enhancing properties. It is therefore useful in preventing dementia, especially vascular dementia.

White Flowered Vinca rosea

white colored flower variety of vinca roseus.
white colored flower variety of vinca roseus. | Source

Some Varieties

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A Couple Of Ayurvedic Remedies

Sadabahar or periwinkle leaves and flowers are very effective in treating diabetes, the treatment for which is as under.

  • Take 1 medium sized bitter gourd (Karela), 1 small cucumber and 1 medium tomato.
  • Wash these well with hot water.
  • Blend all of them in a blender. Add 5 -7 flowers of sadabahar and 4 to 5 leaves of the neem (Indian gooseberry) plant.
  • Blend all these together and drink.

This mixture will not only increase the flow of urine but will also detoxify the body as well as alleviate any kidney problems.
If sadabahar flowers are not available you can add 3-4 leaves of the plant.

The fresh leaves can also be dried, powdered and stored in an airtight bottle. To control diabetes,

  • Consume 1 tsp of this dried leaf powder mixed with fruit juice or water daily. The powder may taste somewhat bitter but rest assured it is normal.

For wasp bites,

  • Apply juice of the leaves at the spot. It neutralizes the poison and prevents swelling and relieves pain.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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        Pushpa Verma-Jacksonville, Fl USA 

        4 months ago

        I have been exposed on u tube about this plants benefits on health issue like diabetic.,but I am not a diabetic. I have acidic body type and always issue with over acid in my body..

        Recently, my leg started having burning sensation.I have been looking for this plant for about an year. Finally , I found this plant in Home-depot.

        I bought Sadabahar and planted in my back yard. I forgot about the plant medicinal use. The plant has been blooming beautiful pink flowers. My ears and head were having mild pain and headache. Non of the medicine were working . Slowly felt like my whole body is out of control. No peace in the body.

        I thought let me eat this Sadabahar flowers and leaves. I picked up 4 flowers and 4 leaves washed it and put it in my mouth and chew it up.

        Miracle happened. Instant, my ear pain was gone, headache was gone. My whole body became normal.Wow what a miracle plant for me.

        Like nothing has been happens. I was so relieves that I can live additional 15 to 20 year disease free.

        Reading this artical ,I realized this is the plant I have been looking for

        years to over come my acidity problem. This plant is highly Alkaline, since I am acidic , perfect for me.

        This plant has 2 test , kdwa and kasaw. (means bitter comes from only karela, and kasaw comes from , Amla, hareda, Jamun) People are missing in their diet. Every meal required - khattta, mitha, tita, kdwa, & kasaw, and salt . Ram Dev baba said to diabetic people eat kareal and Diabetic will go away. This plant has both Kadwa & Kasaw.

        Easy to grow and have available at your home no cost to be healthy.

        Thanks -Pushpa Verma , Jacksonville, Fl USA

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Echs, the leaves are bitter.

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        6 months ago

        Can the leaf be taken raw every morning?

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        12 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        I have your mom in my prayers Ghazala. I pray she gets healed.

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        Ghazala Firdaus 

        13 months ago

        Thanks so lots for giving me this important information my mom is suffering from liver cancer and leukemia i will try it for such complications she have suffered may God help her to heal all the problems

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        Joe Jayasinghe 

        15 months ago

        Some Ayurvedic Physicians prescribe to drink tea made out of 6 dried periwincle flowers of pink variety white center to arrest cancer, regularly for about 3 months.

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        16 months ago

        Nice and very informative

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        17 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Glad you like the information. Thanks for reading.

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        18 months ago

        Very valuable information. Thsee such plants certainly keep us healthy and we can also recommend to the needy

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        Mansi Padyal 

        23 months ago

        What is its medicinal uses?

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        2 years ago

        Very valuable information.with this we can live healthy with out spend money.

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        Bakul shah 

        2 years ago


        I have diabetic type 2

        from last 2-3 months I have problem in my both leg burning sensation & like anesthetic .

        My age is 57 running (male) can u suggest any medicine.

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        2 years ago

        plz tell me How many analysis projects are done on vinca plant

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        sakander zia 

        3 years ago

        what is the stem diameter of vinca..?

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        Zeba khan 

        4 years ago

        Can Sadabahar leaves helps in obesity ?

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        4 years ago

        Good and very useful information. Kindly elaborate on toxicity.

        Some article states as follows:

        It can be dangerous if consumed orally. It can be extremely toxic, and is cited (under its synonym Vinca rosea) in Louisiana State Act 159.

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        sachin mayani 

        4 years ago

        Now I know my varanda flowered it say something but I not understand yet thanks to this sight I have knowledge of diabetic remover plant.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        You are right r.kalyanamoorthy this is a small effort at spreading its health benefits.

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        5 years ago

        very nice..and quite informative...this plant vinca rosea both rose and white variety are available in plenty in Tamilnadu..but the usage and utility value is not much known and has got to be read and spread..people that too poor famers can grow in their small bits of land they possess and get benefit by selling them..rk aACF TBGP,Chennai.

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        Mahendra Patel 

        5 years ago

        fantastic information as it can be use for diabetes. Thanks

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        5 years ago

        It's so nice .I love it

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        5 years ago

        If you know really this flower work in leukemia pleases send me email

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for reading, condiminium.

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        Jeffrey Dela Costa 

        6 years ago from Philippines

        I think we have these flowers in my country as well. I should check it out. Many thanks

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for reading Thelma and I'm glad you gleaned useful information from this write up. Appreciate the vote and sharing.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

        I have not heard about this plant and its health benefits although I have seen this plant in my garden in the Phil. Now I know the name of this beautiful flower. Thanks for the very useful information Rajan. Voted up, shared and pinned to my beautiful flower board for later use. I wonder if the old relatives of mine know the health benefits of this plant.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for visiting Diksha.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for reading and commenting aud99. Sadabahar is used for health purposes in India at least.

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        6 years ago

        I didn't know this plant can be used as natural remedies for quite a few things. I won't be surprised if the Chinese also use it for health purposes together with other herbs then.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks, Jo and your visit and comments are much appreciated.

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        Jo Alexis-Hagues 

        6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

        Rajan, another informative hub... mother nature is amazing. I've always loved Periwinkles but I never thought about it's health benefits.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for reading, Kathryn. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

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        6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

        I have heard of Periwinkle plants, and I hear the name used as a color quite often. They're pretty!

        It seems like there are so many plants that have useful benefits! It is so interesting to learn about another plant I didn't know much about. Thanks for sharing this with us, Rajan.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @Peggy-you mom was so very right! It is only a matter of discovering them. Thanks for the read and the sharing.

        @Rasma-thanks for visiting and sharing it.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting hub. Didn't know these flowers had health benefits we have them here. Passing this on.

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        Peggy Woods 

        6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rajan,

        My mother when she was alive always said that for every disease there is undoubtedly a cure on this earth. It is simply discovering them and so many of them come from plants. I have grown periwinkles in the past but did not know of their many medicinal uses. Up, useful and interesting votes and sharing and pinning.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @moonlake-that's good to know! Thanks for the visit and sharing.

        @Bill-plants have been providing us with medicines through ages. It's just that we have forgotten the wisdom that the sages handed down to us. I much appreciate your visit and sharing.

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        Bill De Giulio 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Rajan. You continue to amaze me with the plants that you come up with. And they always have such great health benefits. You really are providing us with nature's pharmacy. Great job rajan. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc...

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        6 years ago from America

        I did know all the health benefits of vinca. I voted up, 5 stars and shared.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @Carol-thanks for appreciating and supporting.

        @Margaret-I so agree with you; nature's bounties are endless. Appreciate your visit and comments.

        @Bill-thanks for reading. I'm glad you appreciate this info. Thank you.

        @Eddy-always good to see you. Been missing your smiling presence. Thanks.

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        6 years ago from Wales

        How nice to be back reading your wonderful hubs again rajan.Here's to so many more to come.

        Enjoy your weekend.


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        Bill Holland 

        6 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I had no idea, Rajan! I just love to look at them. LOL Now I'll look at them differently for sure. Thanks for some great information.

        Have a great weekend.

        Blessings to you always


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        Margaret Perrottet 

        6 years ago from San Antonio, FL

        I'm always amazed at how nature provides us with such a pharmacy. Voted up, useful and interesting - and sharing.

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        carol stanley 

        6 years ago from Arizona

        I enjoyed reading the health benefits and the lovely photos. As always you do a great job and your hubs are stashed on my pinterest site...Thanks for sharing all this...

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Nature provides us with so many medicinall plants.Thanks for stopping by, Devika.

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        Devika Primić 

        6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Incredible Plant and such helpful information, you have great ideas and always so interesting thanks


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