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Sadabahar, Periwinkle Plant Or Vinca Rosea - Health Benefits and Uses

Updated on April 26, 2016
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Rajan is a major in Botany and Chemistry. Has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years of his career, 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.


Disclaimer

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.

References

Sadabahar - Acharya Balkishan

Gardening Tips : How to Grow Vinca Minor

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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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      carol stanley 4 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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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

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

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      Bill Holland 4 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

      bill

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      Eiddwen 4 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.

      Eddy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

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

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      Bill De Giulio 4 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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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      Peggy Woods 4 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, 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 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

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

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, 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 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

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

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      Audrey 3 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 3 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for visiting Diksha.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      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 3 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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      Jeffrey Dela Costa 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading, condiminium.

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      imran 3 years ago

      If you know really this flower work in leukemia pleases send me email imran_ar_pk@yahoo.com

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      tk 2 years ago

      It's so nice .I love it

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      Mahendra Patel 2 years ago

      fantastic information as it can be use for diabetes. Thanks

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      r.kalyanamoorthy 2 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 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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      sachin mayani 2 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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      Pattabhiram 2 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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      nick 2 years ago

      cool

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      Zeba khan 22 months ago

      Can Sadabahar leaves helps in obesity ?

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      sakander zia 8 months ago

      what is the stem diameter of vinca..?

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