Also known as grand trèfle, medicago, purple medick, & sanfoin.
Alfalfa is a perennial flowering plant that has clusters of small purple flowers and fruits spiraled that contains several seeds. Alfalfa is native to warmer temperate climates such as south-central asia, originating in ancient iran.
Leaves and seeds
Organs & Systems Affected
Recommended for those that feel as if they or unsatisfied and feel unworthy.
Mechanism of Action
Antimicrobial, antioxidant, immunologic, hypoglycemic, antihypercholesterolemic, diuretic, and antifungal
Sweet, bitter, and earthy; cooling
Vitamins a, c, e, and k, minerals, and trace elements, coumestrol, saponins, flavonoids, manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron, medicagenic acid, hederagenin glycosides, and soyasapogenols
Orally, alfalfa is used for kidney, bladder, and prostate dys-function, menopausal symptoms, asthma, arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood sugar, high blood cholesterol, indigestion, and thrombocytopenic purpura.
Precaution & Adverse Reactions
Dermatitis, flatulence and bulkier feces have been reported. Few links have been made to use of alfalfa in large amount and lupus like syndrome or exacerbation.
Oral contraceptives, anticoagulants (warfarin), photosensitizing drugs, immunosuppressants, estrogens and antidiabetics.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Possibly unsafe when using during pregnancy due to estrogenic activity .
Herbal infusion: 2 or 3 teaspoons per cup. Steep 10 minutes covered.
Tincture: 5-10 ml 3 times per day or as tolerated.
Condition specific: Hyperlipidemia: 40g of prepared seeds three times a day with meal
Our Favorite Pairings
Raspberry leaf, yellow dock, dandelion, nettle , lemon balm, hawthorn
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded throughout history. With the information provided on this website, we wish to begin the journey to educate the community based on research, african holistic health, and herbal science. This information, in no shape or form, is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease, or make claims against products or companies. This information provided on this site is to make public information and information acquired from research studies easily available to you. Rooted vigor, llc is giving you the opportunity to draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions from the information provided. The information on this website may or may not have been evaluated by the fda. Seek advice from a medical practitioner as necessary.
Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.