Alfalfa

Alfalfa Medicago sativa  (Fabaceae Family)

Alfalfa

Medicago sativa  (Fabaceae Family)

 Alfalfa is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as in other nutrients such as carotene.  Alfalfa leaf tablets are rich in protein and Vitamin A, D, E, and K.  Alfalfa extract is a good source of Chlorophyll and carotene.  The leaves contain 8 essential amino acids.

It is an immune-system stimulant that promotes normal blood clotting and aids in the assimilation of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, and is an excellent blood purifier.    Alfalfa alkalizes and detoxifies the body and is a good choice of mineral support.  It promotes pituitary gland function and contains antifungal agents.

Nutrition:  Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, F, K, and U.  Minerals: calcium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus.   As well as Bitters, alkaloids, coumarins, isoflavanoids (including phytoestrogens).

History:  Alfalfa originated in the Middle East, by the 16th century it had been planted in England, and arrived in 1736 to the original 13 colonies that later formed the US.  The Arabs called Alfalfa the “father of all foods.”  It was originally used for stomach upset.

Also Known As:  Chilean Clover, Buffalo Grass an Luceme (in Britain).

Addiction Specific Usage:  Useful for those giving up alcohol, tobacco or any other kind of drug.  It is Nutritive and Tonic. It relieves fatigue, helps remove drug residue from the body, and aids the body in absorbing nutrients from food. 

Taste/Energetics/Dosha:  Salty, Neutral, Moist / Bitter, Astringent, Cooling /

Perfect for the constitution of people that are busy, on the go and impatient.  These type of people are always watching the clock and complaining there is never enough time.   They also suffer from nervousness, irritability and insomnia. 

Tissue State:  Atrophy, Torpor

Body Systems: Respiratory, Female Reproduction (morning sickness and lactation), Digestion, Heart, Kidneys and Bladder, Muscular and Skeletal, and Skin.

Symptoms:  Cancer, Diabetes, Endometriosis, Meno-pause related problems, Nose Bleed, Osteoporosis, Ulcers, High Cholesterol, Anemia, Hemorrhaging, Morning Sickness, Anemia, Bloating, bad flora in the gut, Poor Appetite, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Lactation, Arthritis.

In Ayurvedic practice it is used to cleanse the liver, detoxify the blood; treat ulcers, arthritis and fluid retention.

Precautions:  Pregnant women should avoid as well as women with PMS (except the spouts).  It could be harmful to those with autoimmune disorders due to its immune-stimulant effects.  Avoid if a patient has inactive lupus, as Alfalfa can activate the disease only if large dosages are taken.  Avoid if patient is taking any kind of anticoagulant medication.

It can frequently cause mild side effects of bloating, gas and diarrhea, when it first begins to work on the system. 

Long-term use can reactivate SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus).

Dosage:  Drink 1 cup of tea 3 x daily or 2-3 capsules 3x a day.

2-4 tablets with meals

15-30 drops of tincture up to 4x a day

Give a child over the age of 2 - 1/3 that which you would give a 150 lb. adult.

If over the age of 65, start with a small dose and work up from there as needed.

Menstrum:  Using as a tea helps the body to better absorb the calcium in the gut.

Written by:  Sheryl Burns

 

Sources:  Prescription for Herbal Healing; Phyllis A. Bach, CNC   Pages: 83-84/The Herbal Healing Remedies Sourcebook; C. Norman Shealy MD, PhDPage: 41/Addiction Free Naturally; Brigitte Mars Pages: 32/The Yoga of Herbs; Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant LadPages: 125, 204/The Earthwise Herbal: Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants; Matthew WoodPages: 339-341The New Healing Herbs; Michael CastlemanPages: 56-57.

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