Alfalfa (Medicavo Sativa) -
The seeds, leaves and stems of the alfalfa, have healing properties. It is vital to the digestive system, in its manufacture of insulin. And it is an alkalizing food. It is a light laxative, digestive, diuretic and serves as an excellent tonic. A great diuretic, it aids in the treatment of inflammation of the bladder and dropsy, a disease marked by excess fluid in the body.
It aids the peristalsis or movement of the bowel, improves digestion and builds up a resistance to infection. Alfalfa, known as Mu-Su in Chinese medicine, is used in the treatment of ulcers. Chinese healers use alfalfa to treat kidney stones and to relieve fluid retention and swelling. It is also used to strengthen digestion and stimulate appetite. (1)
It contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also very high in chlorophyll, in fact the highest in any plant. Good for all colon disorders, anemia, hemorrhaging, indigestion, cystitis, diabetes and ulcers. It promotes pituitary gland function. One study showed that it also helps neutralize carcinogens in the intestine.
Alfalfa has been known to aggravate lupus and other auto-immune disorders. Recent reports suggest that Alfalfa sprouts may be associated with lupus, causing recurrence in patients in which the disease had become dormant.
Alfalfa contains all the elements necessary for the softening of hardened arteries, which characterize high blood pressure. Dr M Clarke from Kansas State University claims Saponins found in alfalfa, can “Destroy some tumor cells, particularly lung and blood cancers.” Alfalfa may help counteract side effects of chemotherapy used to treat cancer by increasing white blood cells, which are important to fighting off infections. (2)
Dr V Rao of the University of Toronto in Canada stated that “Saponins bind cholesterol; they have a natural affinity for cancer cell membranes. The saponin molecules combine with the cancer cells preventing them entering the body through the intestinal track.” Saponins also flush pathogens through the gut, without allowing them to be absorbed.
Alfalfa leaves in juice form is very effective in most arterial problems and heart diseases. It helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and plaque deposits on artery walls. It is a rich source of chlorophyll, which is good for respiratory disorders, especially those disorders, relating to the sinuses and the lungs. The juice of alfalfa added to your diet daily, also helps greatly with hair growth and is good for the roots of the hair.
Alfalfa tea, made from the seeds, is of great aid to those with arthritis, as it helps alkalize food. Alfalfa tea made with fresh or dried leaf is used to increase appetite, help weight gain, and stops bleeding.
Hope this is interesting for you, do you need to add alfalfa to your diet?
(1) Gaea Shandor Weiss, Growing and Using the Healing Herbs, USA, 1985.
(2) Biochemistry of Human Nutrition, George Gropper. 2000
(3) LiveStrong.com: What Are the Benefits of Kelp Alfalfa?
(4) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Alfalfa
(5) The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Copyright 1974.
(6) Chinese Medicinal Herbs, by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973