Common Periwinkle is a constituent of the supplement Biofiton Healthy Vessels.  

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BASIC INFORMATION
Barwinek common (Vinca minor, common periwinkle, petite pervenche, ger. Kleines Immergrun, it. Pervinca minore, sp. Hierba doncella) – a plant species belonging to the Toinaceae family (Apocynaceae).

PHARMACOLOGY
Periwinkle reduces blood pressure (hypotonicum), it is used in cases of bleeding, inflammation of mucous membranes and in the treatment of eczema. Herb infusion is used in thrombophlebitis, weakness and hypoxia of the heart and brain, dizziness, persistent migraines, tinnitus, vegetative neuroses, epilepsy, lung diseases, internal and uterine bleeding.

CHEMISTRY
Periwinkle contains alkaloids: vincamine, isowinkamine, pervincin; Ursolic acid, bitterness (Vincine), Leukoanthocyanidins, Flavonoids (Robinine), Tannins, Organic acids, Pectins, Triterpenes, Minerals.

MORPHOLOGY
Sort
A small, evergreen shrub reaching a height of 20 cm.
Stalk
Stems woody bottom, laying down and rooting. They reach a length of up to 1 m. Flower stalks erect, raised.
Leaves
Opposite. Leaves leathery, all-round, elliptical, dark green and shiny, up to 5 cm long, short-legged.
Flowers
Blue or light purple, bisexual, about 2.5 cm in diameter, growing individually in the groins of the leaves. A five-cornered floral chalice, much shorter than the crown. Crown with a funnel-shaped tube and flat spread petals. Five rods adorned to the crown tube, the post on the top thickened, two yellow gingerbreads next to the base.
Fruits
Two cylindrical bellows.

OCCURRENCE
It grows wild in western, eastern, southern and central Europe, it is missing in Scandinavia. In dispersed positions, it occurs almost all over the low. It is rarely found in the mountains. It is also grown as an ornamental plant.

BOTANY
Periwinkle is a perennial plant, chamefit. It blooms from March to May. Insect flowers, pollinated by bees and butterflies. Seeds disseminated mainly by ants (myrmecochoria). Periwinkle reproduces mainly vegetatively. It grows in deciduous forests. Perfectly tolerates shading. It usually occurs on fertile, rich in calcium and acidic soils, pH 4.9-6.5). Periwinkle often forms a dense field. The highest recorded positions are in the Bieszczady Mountains, where it reaches up to 1,100 m above sea level. The whole plant is slightly poisonous: It contains vinine, pubescin and minorina. Symptoms of poisoning are: reduced blood pressure, heart problems and breathing. The number of chromosomes 2n = 48