Alfalfa, dried bulk herb

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Medicago sativa
Parts used: leaf + flower
per half oz

 

As a nutrient-dense herb, alfalfa is an excellent tonic for the body. It contains protein, calcium, vitamins C, D, E, K and some B, iron, magnesium, & copper, to name a few. It also contains fiber & saponins, which give way to a cholesterol lowering effect. It’s diuretic action makes it useful for lowering blood pressure, and it also lowers blood sugar. Breast-feeding mothers can use alfalfa to boost milk production and nutrient content.


Note: Alfalfa has several other functions that will be added to this materia medica so stay tuned!


Actions:
 tonic, diuretic, hypotensive, antidiabetic, antifungal, antibacterial


Energetics: 
warming, drying


Constitution: 
all 


Flavor: 
sweet, salty


Organ & Tissue Affinity: 
renal system, prostate


GWG Favorite Preparations: 
tisane (long steep)


Contraindications: 
not suitable for those with hormone-sensitive cancers due to the phytoestrogens, which can increase growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells


Herb-Drug Interactions: may interact with hormone-based contraceptives and therapies, blood thinners, photosensitizing drugs, immunosuppressants

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