Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) medicinal herb is a perennial plant and it possesses a variety of nutritious benefits as well as medicinal benefits. It is a plant that is native to Asia Minor and also to the Caucasus Mountains.
A study of this herb has confirmed the fact that it could possibly reduce blood levels in cholesterol and glucose. It is from the Fabaceae family and the whole plant may be used as herbal medicine.
Many people take the supplements orally and it has been confirmed as safe other than a limited percentage of individuals who develop lupus like symptoms after taking the medicinal supplements. Inside the seeds and sprouts, amino acid L-canavanine is produced and so it is believed that this is the reason it triggers this specific response. At the same time, amino acid L-canavanine is not found in the leaves.
Medicago sativa has a long history of medicinal uses in Chinese medicine as well as ayurvedic medicine. The medicinal properties are tonic, depurative, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic, galactagogue, emmenagogue and alterative.
The common names are Medicago sativa, Phyoestrogen, Chilean clover, Buffalo herb as well as Purple medick.
It has a high amount of protein comparable to vegetable protein, meat protein as well as dairy protein. Alfalfa constituents also include flavones, isoflavones, coumarin derivatives, sterols, fiber, minerals, and it has all of the required digestive enzymes. It is very rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, silicon, choline, eight essential enzymes. It also contains vitamins A, D, E, B, B-6, K, P and U.
The tea is used as a foliar spray by those who grow Irises and Delphiniums. Individuals also use it as a mulch for their flower beds.
Ever since the sixth century the Chinese have used this medicinal plant as an health benefit to alleviate fluid retention and swelling. The Arabs were the first ones to discover this plant and they named it "The Father Of All Foods." The leaves are extremely packed with minerals and nutrients, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, as well as carotene. The Arabs initially fed this herb to their horses merely because they assumed that it made them swift and powerful.
It is also excellent for young growing rabbits because the based pellets are good for them. It is also useful for older rabbits who are underweight. Although It continues to be an animal crop for over a thousand years now, nonetheless it is also used as an excellent medicinal herb.
It is used to treat menopausal symptoms. Alfalfa medicinal herb contains phytoestrogens and will aid in helping to alleviate hot flashes as well as night sweats. Therefore, the drinking of the tea as well as eating of the sprouts as a salad will greatly contribute to the remedy of dealing with these symptoms that are related to menopause and menstrual conditions. Drinking the herbal tea twice a day makes a good cure for arthritis as well.
It is an effective natural diuretic and so it can decrease swellings as well as edema. Also, in addition it is an excellent laxative. It also aids in urinary tract infections, kidney, bladder and prostate diseases. So it may be classified as one of the prostate herbs. The latest and greatest discovery of this medicinal herb is the benefits it will provide for lowering cholesterol because there are certain elements in it that go against cholesterol which keeps it from remaining in the blood stream.
Furthermore, it also an excellent source to reduce blood sugar levels. It is also good to treat asthma, hay fever, the skin, hair, nails and the reproductive system. This herb is also good to treat bad breath, body odor, fever, anemia, ulcers, vitiligo, pellagra, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, insect bites, sinusitis, anxiety, diabetes, appendicitis, diarrhea,fatigue, infertility, impure blood, menopause, heart conditions, flu, alcoholism, acid reflux and hemophilia.
When it comes to this alfalfa plant it is something that many people enjoy in their cuisine. It is good in salads and there are those who eat it just as a vegetable because it is classed as eating healthy. Besides wheat grass and algae, it has the most nutritional value.
One dosage is to steep the leaves in hot water to make
an excellent tea which can be a source of nitrogen.
This medicinal herb is not recommended for pregnant women nor for those who
are breastfeeding. It is also not recommended for children, persons using blood thinners, or those with known hypersensitivity to it. If you fall into these categories, do not use alfalfa.