Alfalfa has been cultivated for over 2,000 years as a nutritive food for people and livestock. Historically it has been used as a remedy for all types of inflammation including arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Modern herbalists consider it very rich in nutrients and use it to help build the blood. Alfalfa's roots grow deep, providing the plant with a rich source of nutrients not always found at the ground's surface.
Alfalfa is also a great source of betaine, a digestive enzyme, that makes it a great digestive tonic, helping to improve digestion, assimilate nutrients and stimulate appetite. For this reason alfalfa has been shown to be helpful for treating anorexia, convalescence, debility, emaciation and weak digestion.
Alfalfa is not recommended for individuals with autoimmune disorders.