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Diabetes and the rosy periwinkle tea cure

Reference #: 445
Submit Date: 31 Dec 2002
Browse Category: diabetes
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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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Remedy Description

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

control sucessfully.

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.

Also Wikipedia

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catharanthus_roseus

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

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