Note: This herb has to be consumed only under the supervision of a qualified ayurvedic doctor. It should not be used directly as it is extremely toxic and may cause damage to the liver, kidneys and nerves, as well as death.
Madagaskar Periwinkle also known as “Sadapushpa” or “Sadaabahar” belongs to Apocynacea family. It is botanically named as Catharanthus roseus .It is a shrub which grows to a height of 1-3 feet. Almost all parts of this plant have medicinal properties.
These plants contain various alkaloids which are helpful in conditions like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. The bioactive ingredients vinblastin and vincristine are used in treatment of leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
According to principles of ayurveda this plant increases dryness of tissues and light to digest. It is bitter to taste and has hot potency. It is very effective in leukemia or “raktarbuda”. It alleviates vata and kapha. This plant is used in psychological conditions like Insomnia and anxiety.
The paste of leaves is applied on wounds which occur due to insect bites. Its antibacterial and antivenom qualities help in fast wound healing.