Latin: Medicago sativa
Country of Origin: United States
Actions: Adaptogen, alkalizing, alterative, analgesic, anthelminthic, antiartherosclerotic, antiasthmatic, antiedemic, anti-inflamatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antirheumatic, appetite stimulant, astringent, digestive, diuretic, galactogogue, gentle laxative, hypoglycemic, memorogenic, mild bitter, neuroprotectant, nutritive, rejuvenant, tonic.
Energetics: Moistening, cooling, salty and bitter
Precautions: Alfalfa is considered very safe. However, people with lupus or rheumatoid conditions should avoid eating large amounts of alfalfa. Not recommended for people on blood thinners. Can cause gas or bloating.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this description is purely for historical or entertainment value and is not designed to treat, diagnose or cure any diseases. If you have any current medical conditions, please seek the advice of a medical practitioner. The individual herbs offered here have not been tested for efficacy with regard to the contents of vitamins, minerals or other constituents.
References: Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine – Brigitte Mars
Medical Herbalism – David Hoffman
Equinox Center of Herbal Studies – Laura Cascardi