Alfalfa (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:medicago sativa
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Suggested Dosing

5-10 g PO TID

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Suggested Uses

Asthma, arthritis, diabetes, diuresis, hypercholesterolemia, indigestion, thrombocytopenic purpura

Source of

Vitamins: A, C, E, K

Minerals: Ca, K, P, Fe

Efficacy

Possibly effective for type II hyperlipoproteinemia

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Photosensitivity

            Pancytopenia (from ground alfalfa seeds)

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity

            Avoid prior to surgery: may cause bleeding

            Cautions

            Above-ground portion safer than seeds

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            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.

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            Pharmacology

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            Mechanism of Action

            Decrease absorption of cholesterol; manganese has hypoglycemic effects

            Contains phytoestrogens formometin, coumestrol

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