December 2, 2009

AlfalfaIn Western herbal medicine, the herb alfalfa (which is also known as Father of All Foods, Buffalo herb or Buffalo grass, lucerne, Chilean Clover, Purple medic and other names) is used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a perennial plant with smallĀ  leaves and purple flowers. It originates from Asia and in the 4th century BC Persian King Darius imported this herbal remedy to the Europe during his march on ancient Greece. For many centuries alfalfa has been used as a natural nutrition tonic.

However, nowadays this herbal remedy has a great number of therapeutic uses. Health benefits of alfalfa are attributed to its high mineral and vitamin content. Alfalfa is a great source of organic minerals, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper. This rich mineral content helps to promote excellent dental and bone health. Besides, this plant contains almost all known natural vitamins, as well as such important elements as protein, chlorophyll, beta carotene, sugars, amino acids, flavonoids, sterols, alcaloids, saponins, coumarins, trace elements and other valuable nutrients.

alfalfa health benefitsHealth benefits of alfalfa include diuretic, hemostatic, antipyretic and antibacterial properties of the plant. Alfalfa herbal tea is used to promote appetite and normalize nutrition, calm down anxiety and depression, boost body energy, as well as for its high antioxidant content to lower the risks of cancer and increase vitality. Alkaloids in the plant can assist in normalizing the function of liver, reducing constipation and relieving the symptoms of colon disorders. High chlorophyll content is an important factor that assists in tissue regeneration and rebuilding. Alfalfa health benefits also include the properties to calm down the symptoms of PMS, helps in treating chronic ulcers and prostate problems.

Specialists recommend using alfalfa to treat such serious health conditions as rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes. Alfalfa products can assist in combating immune disorders, such as various allergies. Alfalfa tinctures can be used externally to treat bruises, cuts, wounds, insect bites and other skin problems. Finally, benefits of alfalfa products include even the role of this herbal remedy as a treatment for drugs and alcohol dependence. Try to use this highly therapeutic and nutritious herbal remedy for treating your particular health condition and strengthening your overall health. However, do this only after your therapist or other health care specialist, especially if you intend to start a serious therapy involving alfalfa products.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.


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