5-10 g PO TID
Asthma, arthritis, diabetes, diuresis, hypercholesterolemia, indigestion, thrombocytopenic purpura
Vitamins: A, C, E, K
Minerals: Ca, K, P, Fe
Possibly effective for type II hyperlipoproteinemia
Serious - Use Alternative
Significant - Monitor Closely
Frequency Not Defined
Pancytopenia (from ground alfalfa seeds)
Avoid prior to surgery: may cause bleeding
Above-ground portion safer than seeds
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: N/A
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Decrease absorption of cholesterol; manganese has hypoglycemic effects
Contains phytoestrogens formometin, coumestrol