The Natural Way

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

As a kid, my brother and I would look forward to the weekends, counting the days which seemed to pass by as slowly as an anemic turtle. One reason for this was I grew up in a rural part of Florida not far from virgin beaches on the Gulf side. I remember running from the car toward the white sandy beaches, darting in and out of sea oats and funny little flowers called periwinkle. Usually, I'd abruptly stop, yelping in pain, as my foot would be patterned with sandspurs. I'd sit down in those funny little flowers which could grow in bad soil next to salt water to pick the spurs out of my aching foot. Turns out those funny little flowers have potent benefit. Periwinkle (vinca minor) is a new product on the market and is generally suggested for people with non-Alzheimer's related memory loss, meaning run-of-the-mill memory loss due to aging. It is believed to enhance blood circulation and oxygen utilization in the brain and protect the brain from the devastating effects of oxygen deprivation. There is good science here. People more often than not report an improvement in visual sharpness as well as improved hearing. I first heard about this little gem from a local woman who had been told about Vinpocetine (periwinkle) by her eye doctor at the Veterans Administration. I've been trying it myself to see if I can improve my vision without wearing glasses. I'm moderately nearsighted and have trouble reading signs while driving but I have to take my glasses off to read up close. So far I think I have had an improvement within 20 minutes of taking 10 mgs (twice per day) which lasts for a couple of hours. I would think long-term use would have a lasting benefit. I also wonder if it could be useful for tinnitis (buzzing in the ears). It's a neat little herb which works a little better when blended with Gotu Kola and Butcher's Broom, and it's not expensive.

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