Vinca-de-Madagascar - Serves, Benefits and Properties
Also known by the names of good night, good morning, cat-vinca, mulata's kiss, maria-no-shame and periwinkle-of-madagascar, madagascar vinca is a medicinal plant with shiny leaves and its flowers usually have a pink coloration, although the color can vary between white and dark pink.
As its name indicates, it originates in Madagascar, located on the African continent, but is also cultivated in other tropical regions.
The medicinal plant is known for its hypoglycemic properties (acts on lowering blood sugar levels), antiseptic, diuretic, emetic (causing vomiting), purging (laxative), vermifuge and depurative (acts on detoxification, increases and elimination of toxins and combat the action of free radicals).
What is it for? The benefits of madagascar vinca
Now that we know a little about what is this medicinal plant, it is time to know some of the benefits it can bring to health:
- Antiseptic action
That is, it fights the development of bacteria and viruses, as well as their actions. The extract prepared from the leaves of the plant is used to heal wounds, treat bleeding, cope with the rash and as a mouthwash.
- Combat menstrual cramps
In Togo, the roots of madagascar vinca are used in the preparation of a tea that is used to combat colic that precedes or occurs during menstruation, called dysmenorrhea.
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- Aid to the treatment of abscesses
Abscesses are accumulations of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection. In Botswana, there is the practice of dipping plant leaves into milk to soften abscesses.
Two compounds found and extracted from madagascar vinca, vinblastine and vincristine, can be used in chemotherapy. The substances are used in treatment of diseases such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, Kaposi's sarcoma, malignant lymphomas, mycosis fungoides (form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma), neuroblastoma and Wilms tumor.
However, medicines that use these compounds should be used in small amounts and with care - always with indication and medical guidance, of course.
Such remedies can bring side effects like hair loss, neuropathy (nerve diseases), sodium imbalance, constipation, nausea, dizziness, headache, depression, muscle cramps, high blood pressure and gastrointestinal disorders.
- Fight against swelling
Its diuretic properties work in increasing the elimination of excess body fluid through the urine. The result of this is the fight against the retention of fluid in the body and, consequently, the swelling in the body, which is caused by the condition.
- Treatment of bites
The plant is used in Ayurveda, a medical knowledge developed in India to treat wasp stings.
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- Diabetes and malaria
China's traditional medicine uses vinca-de-madagascar as part of the treatment of diseases such as diabetes and malaria. Philippine folk medicine also makes an antidiabetic use of the medicinal plant.
Care of madagascar vinca
It is important to know that the use of high doses of the medicinal plant, especially in its capsule or tablet version, presents a risk of toxicity. In addition, it is considered dangerous to consume the plant directly through the mouth, as it has poisonous chemicals in its composition, the so-called vinca alkaloids.
Madagascar's vinca can have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, hearing loss, bleeding, dizziness, nervous problems, seizures, liver damage, low blood sugar and even death.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding their babies are advised not to use the plant. This is because there is a risk of abortion or giving birth to children with congenital malformations due to the harmful chemicals present in the vinca.
By bringing the effect of lowering blood sugar levels, the plant should be used very carefully by those who have diabetes. This is because anyone who already follows a treatment for the disease and used antidiabetic medicines may suffer a very high reduction in their blood glucose rates. Ideally, talk with your doctor about the use of madagascar vinca.
Also because of the hypoglycemic action, the plant should not have its use interrupted two weeks before performing a surgical procedure because it can interfere in the control of blood glucose levels during and after the operation.
If you are using any type of medicine or suffer from a health condition, talk to your doctor to see if you should use the plant or not. The same orientation applies to those who wish to use it as an aid in the treatment of any health problem.
As we have seen, vinca-de-madagascar is toxic and can cause serious side effects. Therefore, to avoid putting health at risk, it is of fundamental importance to consult the doctor before making use of it.