Alfalfa {Medicago sativa}

Alfalfa is a nutritive herb offering a plentiful amount of easily absorbed vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, and iron. Alfalfa is high in chlorophyll making it cleansing and detoxifying. In addition, Alfalfa stimulates appetite and enhances overall nutrition. It is known as a restorative tonic.

The ancient name of alfalfa was μηδιχ_ (mediké), Latin medica, because media should be its home. The name Medicago was formed by Dalechamp. Sativus = cultivated. Lucerne from the French lucerne from luisant = shiny, because of the shiny seeds. Snail clover because of the shape of the pods, which are coiled like a snail shell.*

Family: Leguminosae

Habitat: Native to Asia, Europe and North America

Parts used:  Leaf and Seeds

Associated Systems
Female Reproductive System, Musculoskeletal System

Female Reproductive Oestrogenic, Female Reproductive SERM, Musculoskeletal Trophorestorative, Nutritive, Anti-tumor, Food nutrient, Hepatoprotective, Antioxidant

Phytoestrogenic protection, Malabsorption, Nutrition, General weakness

Phytoestrogenic compounds (formometin, coumestrol), Vitamins K, A, C and minerals Ca, K, Fe, Mg; saponins; coumarins, porphyrins, flavonoids, trace minerals, proteins.

Warnings & Interactions: 1A {Safety Chart}


This monograph does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. It is always advisable to consult with your trusted Herbalist or healthcare professional prior to use. Click here to book your appointment.

. Find a complete list of references for this monograph and a review of its evidence based applications in “Naturopathic Botanical Medicine” by Dr. Anthony Godfrey, and Paul Richard Saunders with Kerry Barlow, Cindy Gilbert, Mathew Gowan and Fraser Smith.

. Teachings by John Redden
. Textbook of Biological Remedies, 1938, which was written by Dr. Med. Gerhard Madaus.


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