USA. Alfalfa leaf (Medicago sativa), aerial parts, Certified Organic
Common names: Alfalfa, Buffalo Herb, Lucerne, Purple Medic, Jat, Qadb
This fragrant, common, nutritive herb is very popular in herbal medicines. Frequently found in tea blends to promote health and wellness, it has a fresh, green, hay-like scent to it with just a hint of sweetness. You may find some of the purple flowers hiding in a good batch of alfalfa leaf. Alfalfa is high in mineral content and is considered tonic and rejuvenating. Safe to take daily and in large doses, it is a food grade herb with few contra indications. This herb is a favorite with pregnant and lactating women, as well as safe for use in children.
“Medicago is an extensive genus of the family Leguminosae, comprising
about 83 different species. Medicago sativa (Linn.) has long been used
as traditional herbal medicine in China, Iraq, Turkey, India and America
for the treatment of a variety of ailments … An exhaustive survey of literature revealed that saponins, flavonoids,
phytoestrogens, coumarins, alkaloids, amino acids, phytosterols,
vitamins, digestive enzymes and terpenes constitute major classes of
phytoconstituents of this plant. Pharmacological reports revealed that
it is used as neuroprotective, hypocholesterolemic, antioxidant,
antiulcer, antimicrobial, hypolipidemic, estrogenic, and in the
treatment of atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes
and menopausal symptoms in women.”
“Here, to the best of our knowledge, we report for the first time the
ability of saponin-rich extracts of M. sativa and S. officinalis to
inhibit C. albicans germ tube formation, limit hyphal growth, reduce
yeast adherence and biofilm formation, and eradicate mature (24 h)
Candida biofilm. Moreover, M. sativa SFs (mainly obtained from aerial
parts), in the range of concentrations which were active modulators of
Candida virulence factors.”
Bora KS, Sharma A. (2011). Phytochemical and pharmacological potential of Medicago sativa: a review. Pharm Biol. Feb;49(2):211-20.
Sadowska B, Budzyńska A, Więckowska-Szakiel M, Paszkiewicz M, Stochmal A, Moniuszko-Szajwaj B, Kowalczyk M, Różalska B. (2014). New pharmacological properties of Medicago sativa and Saponaria officinalis saponin-rich fractions addressed to Candida albicans. J Med Microbiol. Aug;63(Pt 8):1076-86.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any herbal medicines you should contact your doctor to ensure Alfalfa is right for you.