Monograph: Alfalfa

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Date: 2019-06-03

NHPID name

Medicago sativa ( Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy )

Proper name(s)

Medicago sativa ( USDA 2008 )

Common name(s)

Source material

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Those suited to the allowable route(s) of administration. This monograph is not intended to include food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as a nutritive tonic.  (Meyer 1993, BHP 1983)




9 - 30 Grams per day, dried herb tops

See Appendix 1 for examples of appropriate dosage preparations and frequencies of use, according to cited references. The purpose of Appendix 1 is to provide guidance to industry.

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician prior to use if you are taking blood thinners, birth control medication or undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  (Boon and Smith 2004, Brinker 2001) Contraindication(s): Do not use this product if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a history of systemic lupus erythematosus.  (Brinker 2001) Known Adverse Reaction(s): No statement is required

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


References cited

References reviewed

Appendix 1: Examples of appropriate dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use

Dried aerial parts:


5 - 10 g dried aerial parts, 3 times per day (BHP 1983)

Fluid extract:

5 - 10 g dried equivalent, 3 times per day (BHP 1983) (1:1, 25% alcohol, 5-10 ml)