Medicinal properties of alfalfa

Originating from the Asian continent, cultivated around the world and also known by other names such as Alpapa, Mielga, Bielgo or Amelga, Alfalfa has been a plant with a great medicinal reputation for millennia.


Currently, Medicago Sativa (scientific name of alfalfa) is consumed mainly in the form of buds, which are grown even hydroponically. However, its leaves can also be used, which are also high in nutrients, perhaps due to the fact – pointed out by some botany specialists – that it has deep roots, which manage to absorb large amounts soil minerals.

On this occasion then we offer a list of medicinal uses that are attributed to this plant, which has been used by the Chinese, since the 6th century A.D., for healing purposes:


For kidney stones

One of the main uses that Alternative Medicine of alfalfa does is to use it to combat renal stone pictures. As indicated by the experts, this plant has large amounts of vitamins A, C and E, as well as Zinc, elements that are indispensable in the dissolution of kidney stones, so they should be permanently included in the diet of the person.

However, it is recommended that your intake be done mostly in the morning hours, because at that time of day it becomes a great purifier of the body, helping it to eliminate all accumulated toxins. Similarly, alfalfa has great diuretic properties that serve to counteract the secondary symptoms of lithiasis, such as fluid retention.

Against hair loss

Likewise, within the qualities presented by this plant is that of serving as an adjuvant in the treatment against baldness, as well as to combat hair loss. In this sense, most experts advise preparing a nutritious juice based on alfalfa, lettuce and carrot, in order to drink it daily.

According to several internet portals on alternative medicine, this alfalfa-based drink has important vitamins and minerals that will strengthen the hair, while stimulating the growth of the hair.

Against diabetes

Likewise, in light of what some naturopathic doctors say, alfalfa has the property of reducing blood sugar levels, making it an essential food for people with diabetes or insulin resistance. However, it should be borne in mind that the intake of this plant should never replace the treatment prescribed by a professional.

Similarly, it cannot be lost sight that the excess consumption of its leaves does not produce side effects, not that of its shoots or seeds, which in large quantities can cause the person’s immune system to start attacking itself, as they contain an on top that produces such reactions, so excessive consumption of this plant in the form of shoots is not advised.

Against malnutrition

Similarly, thanks to its high vitamin content, including vitamin A, C and E, as well as minerals, alfalfa represents an efficient natural medicine against some pictures of malnutrition, allowing the body to recover in a short time its nutrition levels, by which it must be permanently incorporated into the patient’s diet.

This has also proven its effectiveness in the treatment of anorexia pictures, as it stimulates the body to regain its levels, becoming an essential food source in the nutrition of the organs of the digestive, urinary, intestinal and bone system.

Against the bad smell of feet

On the other hand, alfalfa can also be used topically. In this sense, one of the ways in which it can be used is to combat the bad smell of the feet, produced by the accumulation of bacteria.

To use it for this purpose it is sufficient for the person to place inside his shoes to wear, a pair of alfalfa leaves, taking into account that the feet must come into contact with the viscous substance of the plant. As reviewed by some specialists, the friction of the foot against the plant will release some components that will significantly reduce the bacteria that produce the odor.

Other medicinal uses of alfalfa

Also, plant specialists advise the use of Alfalfa to treat other conditions, such as:

  1. To combat osteoporosis, its intake is recommended as an infusion.
  2. As a blood purifier. In this sense it is advisable to take it in the form of juice.
  3. It is also indicated its use in case of bronchitis, as it has the property of strengthening the lungs.
  4. It also has the property of serving as a liver detoxifier.
  5. There are also those who use alfalfa to promote the withdrawal of breast milk. In this case the leaves of the plant should be crushed and applied to the chest, as outlined this will cause the mammary glands to stop producing milk.
  6. Similarly, the use of alfalfa can speed up bowel movements, so it is recommended to use it also in cases of constipation.

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Medicinal properties of alfalfa
Source: Education  
September 18, 2019


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