Medicago sativa Common name: Alfalfa
Parts used: Herba
Constituents: Alkaloids (aspragine, trigonelline); phytoestrogenic compounds (formometin, coumestrol); vitamins K, A, C and minerals Ca, K, Fe, Mg; saponins; coumarins, porphyrins, flavonoids, trace minerals, proteins.
Medicinal actions: Nutritive, phytoestrogen, anti-tumor
Medicinal use: The isoflavones (flavonoids) are estrogenic and antibacterial (Gm.- bacteria). Medicago contains many minerals and vitamins, and in addition, stimulates appetite and enhances overall nutrition. The action of Medicago on the reproductive system can be summarized as a restorative tonic. Medicago is phytoestrogenic and its action is to restore the strength and tone of the digestive, kidney, mammary, ovarian and uterine tissue.
Pharmacy: Infusion: 1 tsp/cup water ; 1-2 cups TID. Tincture (1:5), 4-5 ml TID
Toxicity: None reported.