Over the years, alfalfa has
been used predominantly as animal fodder. Recently however, the medicinal uses of the
plant have been noticed and used. It is considered a nutritional supplement and a body
Its leaves, growing in
groups of three, are thought to nourish the body by stimulating the appetite, acting as a
laxative and diuretic, and providing such nutrients as fibre, protein, iron,
copper, potassium, silica, phosphorus, magnesium, B1, B2, calcium,
chlorophyll, vitamin C and vitamin A.
All the goodness is actually in the leaves.
How It May Benefit
Anybody with Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus (SLE) should not have alfalfa products. Alfalfa may cause stomach upset and
diarrhoea. If you are anaemic or pregnant, check before taking this herb.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
You can purchase alfalfa
sprouts - make sure they have the green leaves showing. You can sprout the seeds yourself
and use them in salads and dishes. Alfalfa is available as tincture, prepared tea,
capsules, or dried leaves. Remember - do not overdose on this or any other herb as it may
give you the opposite effect to what you are after, particularly over a period of time