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Part Used: herb

Energetics: astringent, sweet/cooling/pungent PK- V+

Tissues: plasma, blood

Systems: circulatory, urinary

Actions: alterative, diuretic, antipyretic, hemostatic

Indications: ulcers, edema, arthritis, vitamin or mineral deficiency

Precautions: high Vata

Preparation: infusion, powder (250 mg to 1 g)

ALFALFA is a natural mineral and vitamin supplement. It contains organic minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, and almost all known vitamins. It is also very high in chlorophyll. As such, it combines well with other natural supplements like dandelion, horsetail, nettles and parsley.

However, it is not entirely tonic or nutritive in the Ayurvedic sense, for by itself it does not really provide substance for building tissue. Its action is cleansing and detoxifying. It has a drying effect that may aggravate Vata, increasing emaciation. For such individuals, it is best taken occasionally or as balanced out by more nutritive tonics.

It is a mild blood purifier and a good general beverage for Pitta (and also, to a lesser degree, Kapha) constitutions.

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