💊 Chemical information

Lucerne; Purple medick.

💊 Profile

Alfalfa is the plant Medicago sativa (Leguminosae) which is cultivated as an animal feedstuff. The seeds and sprouts of alfalfa contain canavanine (2-amino-4-(guanidinooxy)butyric acid), a toxic amino acid structurally related to arginine; content is reported to represent about 1.5% of the dry weight. A syndrome resembling SLE has been recorded in monkeys fed alfalfa. Alfalfa is used in herbal preparations for a variety of disorders.


Alfalfa has been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Alfa.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Austral.: Irontona; Neo-Cleanse; Panax Complex†; Plantiodine Plus†; Vitatona; Chile: Calcio 520; Fucus Compuesto†; Fr.: Gonaxine; Gynosoja; Menoxine.
Published November 20, 2018.