Alfalfa Leaf Is A Terrific Restorative Tonic Herb

Alfalfa Leaf has been used for centuries for its nutritional value. Aboriginal people of North America used the seeds of the alfalfa plant to make bread or mush and the branches were boiled and the greens were eaten. It was considered a very healthy addition to the diet. And still today, this herb is highly prized. It is considered a superlative restorative tonic that is used to treat all chronic and acute digestive weaknesses. It does this by helping the body assimilate nutrients. Alfalfa is also rich in many nutrients, including calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, betacarotene, and vitamins C, D, E and K, making it a wonderful supportive herb that restores strength to the sick and the weak. It works to build strength and vitality and can be used to increase weight.

Its cooling properties make alfalfa ideal for disorders related to aging problems that include too much heat and inflammation. Traditionally, this herb has been used for cystitis, burning urine, prostatitis, insomnia, increasing mother’s milk, lowering fevers, lowering cholesterol, diabetes, ulcers, arthritis and rheumatic problems, lower backache, jaundice, asthma, hay fever, and to encourage blood clotting.

Clinically, we find alfalfa is also wonderful for those suffering from toxicity; chronic fatigue immume dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS or CFS), weak bones, sluggish bowels, or general weakness.

There is no absolutely established dose for alfalfa. A standard infusion is often suggested at a dose of one cup three times a day. Some experts recommend 500 – 1,000 mg of the dried herb a day or 1 – 2 ml of the tincture three times a day. You can find various forms of the herb, such as Alfalfa Leaf Capsules,
Alfalfa Leaf Tea, Alfalfa Leaf Powder and even Alfalfa Leaf Creams and Salves!

At the recommended doses, alfalfa is extremely safe. It should not be used, however, by people with lupus. Alfalfa is safe to take while pregnant or breast feeding, though one source says to avoid the seeds while pregnant. Brinker speculates that you should avoid extensive use while pregnant: no one else lists this concern, and Amanda McQuade Crawford, in her women’s herbal, endorses alfalfa herb as a safe alterative during pregnancy.

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