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Lesser Periwinkle, Vinca minor
Parts used: Leaves and root.
Constituents: Leaves; Vincine, vincoside, saponin, carotene and tannin.
Root; vincamine, vincamirine and isovincamine.
Actions: Leaves; Stomachic, Detergent Root; Hypotensive, Anti-spasmodic, Sedative, Hypoglycaemic, Anti-cancerous, Vasodilator, Mucous membrane Tonic, The crushed leaves, when applied to surface wounds, have astringent and healing properties.
Wounds, Muscle cramps, High blood pressure, Stomach pains, Cancer, Diarrhoea, Diabetes, Nose bleeding, Blood in urine, abnormal Menstrual bleeding.
Herbal extract: 25-50mL per week.
Energetics: Leaves; Bitter.
Contraindications: None.