Alfalfa, in Arabic, means "father." Perhaps this refers to its function as a superlative restorative tonic. It supports digestive weaknesses, aiding the assimilation of protein, carbohydrates, iron and calcium, and various essential trace minerals. Thus, alfalfa can be given two or three times daily as a substitute for tea whenever there is a need to increase flesh and generally to build and regenerate normal strength and vitality. In this, its indications are not at all dissimilar to its immune-potentiating Chinese relative Astragalus meinbranaceus. Alfalfa serves as an ideal cooling Yin tonic suitable for various acute and chronic inflammatory symptoms associated with degeneration and aging.
Alfalfa can be used to help support chronic and acute bladder concerns, burning urine, prostatitis, peptic ailments, and various joint pain complaints, including lower backache. It also increases mother's milk. It is slow and deep acting so it should be taken regularly on a daily basis for helping support chronic disorders.
Alfalfa possesses nutritive, restorative (Yin), antipyretic, alterative, anti-anemic, antihemorrhagic, and diuretic properties. It has typically been used to help support wasting, helping improve digestion and assimilation, weight gain, increase in strength and vitality, prostate inflammation, lower-back pains, acidosis and rheumatic aches and pains, lowering fevers, increasing mother's milk, insomnia, and to regulate the bowels. The leaves contain betacarotene, vitamins C, D, E and the coagulating vitamin K; it also contains various mineral salts including calcium, potassium, iron and phosphorus.
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