What is Alfalfa Used for?

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Scientific name for alfalfa is Medicago sativa. Alfalfa is grown under full sun and regular water is needed for its growth. Under these circumstances it can grow 1 to 3 feet tall. Alfalfa is an herbal plant with turgid stems and trifoliate leaves notched at the apex. Flowers bloom in blue or purple color and they are grouped in clusters on petioles. Alfalfa crops are harvested in many parts of the world like United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Alfalfa is the fourth most widely grown crop in United States.

 

The Arabs called Alfalfa  as "Father of all foods" because they noticed that  it made their cattle strong. It later on turned as human-health improvement plant. They are sold and consumed in different forms like seeds, tablets, solid and liquid extracts. Alfalfa seed grows best in deep soil with good drainage facilities. By using these alfalfa seeds we can make alfalfa tea and it is used to cure inflammation caused by arthritis.  Alfalfa is rich in vitamin K. Blood clotting problems are caused due to lack of this vitamin. It is best known in curing kidney, prostate and bladder problems.

 

What are uses of Alfalfa?

Use of alfalfa herb can mitigate blood clotting problems like:

  • Frequent bleeding from nose and bleeding of hemorrhoids is reduced by taking fresh juice of alfalfa leaves
  • Bruising problem is also treated by this alfalfa herb. Take 50 grams fresh juice of alfalfa leaves
  • This alfalfa herb has anti-inflammatory, estrogenic and diuretic properties and this properties are used to cure urinary problems like kidney stones, bladder problems etc.
  • Alfalfa is used for treating cancer, kidney, ulcers, constipation, cholesterol and urinary problems
  • It is used for curing dehydration, alcohol problems
  • Alfalfa tea is used to maintain healthy digestive process
  • Alfalfa herb is used for treatment of hormonal imbalance

 

Avoid using alfalfa herbs during pregnancy time. Women’s suffering from hormone cancer is strictly warned to restrict the use of alfalfa herb. Seeds and sprouts may be contaminated with bacteria so it is advised that children, old people should avoid eating alfalfa sprouts. Advised dosage of alfalfa crop is 40 mg of alfalfa seed and 5 to 10 grams of alfalfa leaves and stems three times per day.