What Was Periwinkle Used For?
The Periwinkle plant has historically been used to treat a wide assortment of diseases.
- It was used as a folk remedy for diabetes in Europe for centuries.
- In India, juice from the leaves was used to treat wasp stings.
- In Hawaii, the plant was boiled to make a poultice to stop bleeding.
- In China, it was used as an astringent, diuretic and cough remedy.
- In Central and South America, it was used as a homemade cold remedy to ease lung congestion and inflammation and sore throats.
- Throughout the Caribbean, an extract from the flowers was used to make a solution to treat eye irritation and infections.
Periwinkle is a European plant that was used by healers to remedy nervous disorders, hysteria, epileptic fits and nightmares. Now we know that a compound in the plant, vinpocetine, may be the brain's best friend.
Studies reveal that after you take vinpocetine, it makes a beeline for the brain. Used occasionally it is thought to deliver more blood to the brain, thereby increasing brainpower. Used regularly, it may prevent senility and dementia by preventing free-radical damage to the blood vessels that serve the brain.
Though vinpocetine is currently used to treat senile dementia and Alzheimer's disease, this use has not been studied and its safety and efficacy have not been reported.
Although a lot more work needs to be done, it appears that this natural supplement does have an important role to play in the treatment and/or prevention of several brain disorders and degenerative conditions. This formula also includes gotu kola. Known for centuries in India and Indonesia, gotu kola's active ingredient is called triterpenoids. Gotu kola is believed to enhance brain and peripheral circulation.
Note: If you take blood-thinning medications, check with your doctor before taking vinpocetine.
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