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  Medicago sativa L.
 
Scientific Name  Medicago sativa L.
Family Name  Fabaceae
Common Name  Alfalfa, Lucerne, Linasa
Photo link  http://www.swsbm.com/Images/M-O/Medicago.jpg
Studies on Diabetes  A study in streptozotocin-diabetic mice showed reduction of hyperglycemia by an aqueous extract of medicago sativa (Gray 1997).
Other Uses  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).
Phytochemistry  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).
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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