Family Apocynaceae

Habitat ► Native to Europe. Found in the Himalayas, West Bengal and Palni Hills.

English ► Green Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle.

Action ► Astringent, antihaemor-rhagic, hypotensive. Used to treat menorrhagia and leucorrhoea.

The herb contains indole alkaloids; majdine, isomajdine, majoridine, aku-ammine, akuammigine, carpanaubine, irvine, reserpine, serpentine, sarpagi-ne, tetrahydroalstonine, vincamajine and vincamajoreine; and tannins.

The cytotoxic dimeric alkaloids present in Vinca rosea L., used in the treatment of certain types of cancer, have not been found in Vinca major.

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