|Submit Date:||31 Dec 2002|
|Treatment used:||rosy periwinkle|
|You can buy this remedy at:||nursery|
|Remedy will cost you:||unknown|
|Country of Remedy:||USA|
|Remedy Source:||Natures Medicine: Plants that heal, Joel Swerdlow, National Geographic,|
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|# of times remedy read:||11,470|
|Dosage should be related to weight:||unknown|
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|Other foods/nutrients/medications that can affect absorption or utilization:||unknown|
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|Total # reviewers:||1|
|No Side Effects:||10.00|
|Ease of Use:||10.00|
|Effective after long term use:||10.00|
This is a old diabetic remedy. In the 1920's in England
pharamises sold vin-q-lin made from rosy periwinkle
(Catharanthus Roseus,Madagasgar Periwinkle, vinca rosea)
as a treatment for
diabetes. Then insulin was discovered and periwinkle was ditched.
During WWII when the people in Jamaica were cut off from their
insulin supplies, the local people who were diabetic,
drank a tea made from rosy periwinkle. Many people and
doctors in Jamaica claimed that it worked. Also during WWII in
the Philippines rosy periwinkle was also used when insulin became
After WWII, researchers were sent to Jamaica to check out the
rosy tea story. In their judgment the people should have been
dead for not taking their insulin for 4 years. At first they though
the Jamacians had survived because they had a "new" type of
diabetes. Well, they discovered the Jamaicans did not have a
"new" type of diabetes
Well they took the rosy periwinkle plant back to Canada to test
it out on diabetics. No significant impact was found.
But the doctors did find that the extract of rosy periwinkle
soaked in alcohol significant reduced the white blood cell count.
American doctors studying rosy periwinkle plant in the philippines
were unable to confirm its effectiveness but they did note
the plants white cell killing ability.
Ah... a cure for lukemia which makes too many white blood cells.
Two ant-cancer drugs were developed vincristine and vinblastine.
from the rosy periwinkle plant. 15 tons of plant leaves are required to
make one ounce of vinblastine.
Regardless of what the scients found out about the rosy periwinkle
the locals in the Philipines and in Jamaica used it for diabetes
You can buy the rosy periwinkle plant at your local nursery and
grow it in your own yard and make a tea from it. It grows well
in the spring and sumer. Nurseries grow it as vinca rosea.
you can buy Madagasgar periwinkle leaves vinca rosea from
More info on periwinkle:
I've read about 15 reports I found on the Internet. There are
hundreds to read if you want to. All the reports agree that
periwinkle rosea does lower the blood sugart in diabetics.
How it lowers the blood sugar was never studied. Some of the
reports suggested its effects were similar to pancreas stimulating
drugs. One report that I read even compared periwinke
and a pancreas stimulating drug on diabertic rats and found
them to be similar in lowering the blood sugar of the rats.
I even read the ww2 study of periwinkle made after discovering
that periwinkle kept diabetics alive without insulin in Jamaica
The report concluded that periwinkle worked, but more money
could be made in making and selling one ounce of a anti-cancer drug
Vincristine, derived from 15 tons of periwinkle.
warns that periwinkle rosea is a posionoous plant
It can be dangerous if consumed orally.
It can be hallucinogenic, and is cited (under its
synonym Vinca rosea) in the Louisiana State Act 159.
IMHO I doubt if this occurs unless you do
15 tons of the plant. According to the US goverment
pot is a dangerous and hallucinogenic plant too
and has no known medical usses