Common name Alfalfa

Latin name Medicago sativa

Parts used Leaf

System affinities

Alfalfa has a strong affinity for the digestive system, helping to rebalance gut flora and remove toxins in the colon. In addition, it is noted for its ability to strengthen the Immune System .

Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Alfalfa is an alterative and thus helps return the fluids in the body to a more balanced state.  It helps prevent and treat a damp stagnate tissue state.  As such it is primarily prescribed for the kapha dosha.  The Flower essence is used to help with feelings of worthiness and balance perception of scarcity and plenty.

Taste and quality

Alfalfa is bitter, and slightly salty.


Alfalfa is indicated for people who have poor digestion, perhaps stemming from nervous system/parasympathetic irritation. This can lead to stagnation in the digestive system, and alfalfa helps to clear out that stagnation.  



Alfalfa is one of the earliest known cultivated plants still planted today.  It has long been used as a feed crop for livestock.  It is also known as a cover crop, helping to affix nitrogen back into the soil.  The name Alfalfa comes from the Arabic al-fac-facah, which means “father of all foods”.


A plant of the temperate zone.  Alfalfa will grow near cultivated fields, meadows, roadsides, disturbed habitats, and on moist soils within elevations that generally range from 4,000 to 9,500ft.