Alfalfa (Medicado Sativa) (Zǐhuā mùxu 紫花苜蓿)

SproutsBitter flavor and warm thermal nature. Acts on Liver, Spleen and Intestines meridians.

Active compounds:

Alfalfa contains eight enzymes which help assimilate protein, fats and carbohydrates.. Is rich in protein, carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur, silicon, chlorine, cobalt, and zinc. Alfalfa also contains vitamin K and P (bioflavonoids) and abundant chlorophyll.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Detoxify the blood and body
  • Cleans and tones the intestines and takes harmful acids out of the blood stream
  • Alfalfa helps arthritis, edema, wight loss, and urinary bladder stones
  • Eliminates chronic sore throat, fever, gas pain, peptic ulcers
  • Helpful with drug and alcohol addiction recovery
  • Dries dampness, is a diuretic, helps the appetite, benefits the urinary system and intestines


Alfalfa is eaten fresh or as cooked in various dishes, or in sprouts. It may also be consumed as a tea infusion. Add on cooking congee (ad at the final 2 minutes so the heat does not destroy the nutrition value of alfalfa), in smoothies or itself alone.


Alfalfa sprouts and seeds, is a rich source of amino-acid canavanine, should be avoided in rheumatoid diseases  such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Canavanine can ignite inflammations in these conditions. Alfalfa leaf, however, is not a source of canavanine and  may be used with no collateral effect.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

About Dao of Tummy

Elisabete Alves de Souza, DOM, has over two decades of clinical experience. She is part of a Daoist lineage that focuses on achieving more significant states of health. Dr. de Souza has drawn from many studies in Brazil, California, New York, Chicago, and more to create her innovative nutrition treatments. She treats different conditions and symptoms in a nonaggressive way, transforming and fortifying your health with her unique knowledge and technique.
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