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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