Medico sativa, is believed to be native to Central Asia. Wild types are found in the Caucasus and in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan and surrounding regions. It is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world, including the United States. Alfalfa has been cultivated for centuries for its valuable medicinal properties. The name Alfalfa derives from the Arabic language and means “father of all plants”. It was observed by Arabian horsemen that when their horses grazed on Alfalfa, they had increased vigor and liveliness. Alfalfa has broad spectrum beneficial effects on the body, largely due to its exceptional nutrient density. The plant contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. In China, it has traditionally been used to stimulate appetite, and to optimize convalescence. One other use to take note of is due to alfalfa’s content of Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for the alchemy of bone growth.

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