ALFALFA Medicago Sativa
Inflammation is rampant these days as it contributes to just about every disease in our modern world.
Alfalfa packs a such a mighty punch of alkalising green energy and is a brilliant herb for you to be armed with to cool down any battle you may have with the heat of inflammation.
Apart from the benefits of the herb the sprouts are an easy and cheap addition to anybody’s good health tool kit (including pets). It is also high in protein and so a great addition to any Vegans diet.
If you suffer from any of the following you may want to read on:
- Autoimmunity including Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Body odour
- Acid saliva and general acidity
- Inflamed colon
- Wind and belching
- Gut fermentation
- Peptic Ulcers
- Fungal infections
- Protein digestion issues
- High Cholesterol
- Some menstrual problems (Talk to your practitioner)
- Renal Plaque
- Nerve inflammation and sensitivity
- Osteo Arthritis
- Hay fever and protein allergies
- Prickly heat and irritable skin……. And the list just goes on.
Combined with Dandelion for liver support Alfalfa can be helpful for Allergies.
ASTROLOGY: Librans: Fabulous for the extra busy flustered Libran personality
Libran kidneys, closely linked to adrenal-hormone signals, may register as the most affected organs in Libran ill health. Kidney- stones, alarmingly high blood-pressure episodes, kidney infections, even chronically under-functioning kidneys, maybe the predisposing conditions for a medical diagnosis of osteo-arthritis. This wear and tear form of arthritis most often responds medically to cortisone (an adrenally based hormone). Even with this condition, over-work to make the lives of others more ‘balanced’ may deplete natural cortisol production over many years. The nicest Librans may experience painfully crippling an inhibitory symptom of movement-restriction in their own balance because of their continuous over concern for others comfort and well-being. This constant activity of nervous system and hormones can result in an over acid tissue waste. Many Librans pickle in an acid bath of irritable skin, irritable bladder and abdominal discomfort. Alfalfa primarily for its alkalizing balancing but also because it aids protein digestion, thus reducing strain on Libran kidneys produces much improvement. So do frequent a glasses of water! (The white ones loved by many Librans only add to the general acid condition cider is better for the convivial Librans)
The cooling down of inflammation is helpful for all autoimmune conditions along with the detoxifying aspects to Alfalfa.
Alfalfa (leaf/tincture) may help to prevent some cases of Diabetes Mellitus and may lower elevated Blood Sugar levels in Diabetes Mellitus patients.
Alfalfa is rich in chlorophyll making it a great detoxifier. It can be used on a regular basis to cleanse the system and is helpful for those with bad breath, smelly feet and body odour.
Alfalfa reputedly alleviates disorders of the Colon and may be helpful for fluctuance and wind.
NOTE: Wind may increase at first until it settles down as the GIT adjusts the PH
Alfalfa may facilitate the elimination of Detrimental fungi.
Alfalfa reduces acidity which may contribute to the soothing and healing of Peptic Ulcers and giving comfort to the digestive tract. Alfalfa is a great alkaliser.
Alfalfa is a great source of protein and while it may normalise the digestion of its own protein it also contains the amino acids to support the digestion of other proteins consumed with it.
Alfalfa is said to reduce acid saliva which may be helpful to relieve ulcers and avoid decay.
Heart Health & Circulation
Alfalfa may inhibit the absorption of dietary Cholesterol and may retard the body's production of endogenous Cholesterol (due to Saponins in Alfalfa). (Saponins are a chemically diverse group of steroid-like Glucoside Glycoside Terpenes.)
Research shows that Alfalfa may reduce Anaemia.
Research shows Alfalfa may be helpful in reducing Cholesterol levels.
Its Vitamin K content make it helpful for haemorrhaging.
May be helpful for Menopausal & Menstrual symptoms due to its oestrogenic activity.
see contraindications below.
White fibres, nerve wreath, stomach. Person where nerve wreath is irregular, peaked and flared.
Pickling in acidic residue
Kidney function is highly dependent upon sufficient blood pressure, so any interruptions in the blood flow to the kidneys (such as that caused by a build-up of cholesterol) might result in loss of kidney function and tissue damage (i.e., kidney disease). Alfalfa is known to contribute to lowering Cholesterol especially contributing to the reduction of plaque in the renal arteries.
Alfalfa may support Liver detoxification.
Alfalfa (juice/tincture) may exert an alkaline effect that counteracts the acidity associated with Arthritis.
Alfalfa reduces acidity which in turn may calm down the reactivity of the central nervous system.
Alfalfa is a great source of protein for Vegetarians.
Alfalfa is helpful for any of the human conditions mentioned here and easily added to your pet’s food. Fresh sprouts are loved by my two pooches.
Alfalfa (juice or tincture) may help to alleviate Sinusitis and be supportive for people who suffer from hay- fever due to pollens and grass seeds.
Alfalfa may be helpful for rashes, prickly heat and irritable skin.
Alfalfa can be used topically as a poultice for relief from protein stings such as ticks and bee stings.
ALFALFA CAUTIONS & CONTRA-INDICATIONS
Alfalfa seeds may increase the risk of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) - due to the Canavanine content of the seeds. There is much debate about this fact however best to beware.
People using Warfarin should not use Alfalfa (due to the high Vitamin K content of Alfalfa which could interfere with the intended anticoagulant effects of Warfarin).
Women should not consume excessive quantities of Alfalfa during Pregnancy (as Alfalfa may stimulate the Uterus).
Women with hormone sensitive conditions should avoid alfalfa. Some of these conditions include breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, as well as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
WIND may increase at first until it settles down.
References: In Tel Health & Dorothy Hall