Alfalfa is a significant medicinal plant cultivated even in the ancient times. It belongs to the Legume family. It grows about 2-3fts. Alfalfa is very beneficial in cleansing urinary system by means of eliminating retained water. It helps in balancing hormones as well as rebuilding body after a prolonged illness. It also stimulates milk production in new mothers. Alfalfa contains vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. It also contains few important minerals such as selenium. Alfalfa sprouts can be used as a better substitute for corn and wheat. Alfalfa is used in the treatment of insomnia, gout, arthritis, kidney problem, peptic ulcers, diabetic regulation, fatigue, anaemia.
But, alfalfa is not a suitable medication for individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Also patients suffering from lupus are not suggested to use alfalfa. It is assumed that as the alfalfa sprouts contain conavanine alkaloid in combination with amino acid L-canavanine, which is not at all suitable for patients having lupus.
Alfalfa mainly plays various roles in various situations. They can be used as tonic, laxative, antifungal, diuretic, hepato-protective, anti-inflammatory, detoxifier, nutritive and digestive.