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Botanical Name: Medicago sativa

Medicinal Part used: Whole herb and leaf

Alfalfa has been used extensively over the years in India, and has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to:

  • relieve fluid retention and swelling
  • treat kidney stones
  • kidney cleanser
  • anemia (with Nettles and Oatstraw)
  • blood thinner
  • boils
  • helps the blood clot
  • recuperation of narcotic and alcohol addiction
  • heart disease
  • prevents the formation of atherosclerotic plaques
  • stroke
  • late or irregular menstruation
  • menopausal symptoms
  • stimulates lactation (milk supply) in nursing mothers
  • anti-fungal
  • appetite stimulant for loss of appetite
  • bowel problems
  • digestive disorders
  • dyspepsia
  • peptic ulcers
  • poor assimilation of nutrients
  • poor digestion
  • regulates the bowels
  • relieves gastric ulcers
  • stomach upset
  • nourishes pituitary gland
  • promotes pituitary gland function
  • hay fever
  • arthritis
  • blocks absorption of cholesterol
  • detoxifies the the liver
  • jaundice
  • prostrate disorders
  • asthma
  • alkalizes and detoxifies the body
  • cancer (binds carcinogens in the colon to help speed up their elimination from the body)
  • debility
  • diabetes
  • overall tonic for general health
  • fatigue
  • stimulates the growth of supportive connective tissue
  • weight gain
  • sprouts used in salad


Recommended dosage is as follows:

  • Tablets and capsules of whole alfalfa or alfalfa extracts should be taken as directed
  • Alfalfa for tea - 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, steeped in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes

30-60mL/week 1:2 fluid extract


Alfalfa in its various forms may present some health risks. Powdered Alfalfa herb, Alfalfa sprouts, and Alfalfa seeds all contain L-cavanine, a substance that may cause:

  • abnormal blood cell counts
  • spleen enlargement
  • recurrence of lupus in patients with controlled disease

Heating Alfalfa may correct this problem.

Alfalfa should not be eaten by pregnant or nursing women or young children due to:

  • its ability to bring on menstruation (periods)
  • the estrogenic effects of some of Alfalfa\'s components

Drug Interactions:

  • Warfarin (Coumadin) (the high vitamin K content in Alfalfa could make the drug less effective)
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