Alfalfa, also known as lucerne, is a member of the pea family and is native to western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean region. Alfalfa sprouts have become a popular food. Alfalfa herbal supplements primarily use the dried leaves of the plant. The heat-treated seeds of the plant have also been used.
Many years ago, traditional Chinese physicians used young alfalfa leaves to treat disorders of the digestive tract.1 Similarly, the Ayurvedic physicians of India prescribed the leaves and flowering tops for poor digestion. Alfalfa was also considered therapeutic for water retention and arthritis. North American Indians recommended alfalfa to treat jaundice and to encourage blood clotting.
Although conspicuously absent from many classic textbooks on herbal medicine, alfalfa did find a home in the texts of the Eclectic physicians (19th-century physicians in the United States who used herbal therapies) as a tonic for indigestion, dyspepsia, anemia, loss of appetite, and poor assimilation of nutrients.2 These physicians also recommended the alfalfa plant to stimulate lactation in nursing mothers, and the seeds were made into a poultice for the treatment of boils and insect bites.
|Brand: ||Vitamin Shoppe (More Products)|
|Size: ||250 Tablets|
|Dosage: ||1-6 tablets daily|
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2 Customer Reviews
This product came to my rescue when I had joint pains. I have been taking been taking it for quite sometime and I like it. The only problem I have is that you have to take it too often, 4-5x every day, which is way too much. In all it works and it also relieved my stiff joints.Alfalfa
by Joan Jones
Alfalfa is great for your joints and especially for lower back pain. Whenever we over-do it on yard work or other activity, and have some back pain, we take a couple of these Alfalfa tabs before bed and the next day the pain is gone. Alfalfa nourishes your joints if you have arthritis too, so I take them at other times to help with wrist and joint pain.
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