|Studies on Diabetes
||A study in streptozotocin-diabetic mice showed reduction of hyperglycemia by an aqueous extract of medicago sativa (Gray 1997).
||Commonly eaten as sprouts; has been used to lower cholesterol, as a diuretic for gastrointestinal disease and wasting conditions, and as a source of vitamins and minerals (NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=19&brand_id=, accessed 4/27/04).
|Formulations used by Informants
||Commercially prepared hot infusion (Diabetea).
||Saponins, manganese, medicagol, coumerrol, (genistein, biochanin A and daidzein) (NMCD accessed 4/27/04).
|Potential Adverse Effects
||Photosensitivity; a case of pancytopenia was associated with ingestion of a large amount of alfalfa seeds (NMCD accessed 4/27/04).
|Potential Medication Interactions
||May interfere with anticoagulant/antiplatlet medications; may impair absorption of oral medications; may increase effects of diabetic medications (NMCD accessed 4/27/04).