Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Indigenous to the Mediterranean, this plant is now cultivated throughout the world.1 The entire flowering plant can be used medicinally, as can the germinating seeds.2
What it is used for: Alfalfa alkalizes the body and aids in its detoxification, acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal agent, balances healthy blood sugar and promotes pituitary gland function.3 It has been known to be used in various treatment protocols.4 An incredibly nutritive herb, alfalfa is also anti-rheumatic.5 It is also antilipidemic and exhibits prolactin-inhibiting effects.6
Research Highlights: One study with diabetic mice confirmed that alfalfa exhibits blood sugar lowering effects.7 In another study, a derivative of alfalfa cured skin lesions of guinea pigs infected with a fungus (Trichophyton mentagrophytes); similar research showed it was effective as a treatment for candidiasis.8
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1. PDR For Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. (2004). Thompson PDR, pg. 11.
3. Balch, P. & Balch, J. (2000). Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd ed., Avery Publishing, pg. 88.
5. Mowrey, D. (1986). The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, Keats Publishing, pg. 2.
6. PDR For Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. (2004). Thompson PDR, pg. 11.