It is found throughout in India. An erect perennial herb with deep roots. Stem 30-60cm high. Leaflets trifoliate; narrowly ovate, margin serrate, apex acute. Flowers violet, in axillary raceme of 7 to 10 flowers; 3 to 4cm long. Calyx five toothed. Corolled papilionaceous. Stamens 10, nine united and one free. Fruits spirally twised with 2-3 turns.It contains Vitamins A & E, amylase, emulsion, invertase, pectinase, saponins, and alkaloids, I-stachydrine, ketones (myristone,alfafone) and beta-methyl glucoside.A homoeopathic tincture is made from the while plant excluding roots. It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. It was proved by Dr. Blackwood. Hahnemannian proving was conducted by CCRH and published in 2005.Alfalfa favourably influences nutrition, evidenced in toning up the appetite and digestion resulting in greatly improved mental and physical vigor, with gain in weight. Disorders characterized by malnutrition are mainly within its therapeutic like neurasthenia, splanchnic blues, nervousness, insomnia, nervous indigestion, etc. It also acts as a fat producer, corrects tissue waste. Deficient lactation. It increases quality of milk in nursing mothers.Its pronounced urinary action suggests it clinically in diabetes insipidus and phosphaturia; and it is claimed to allay vesicle irritability of prostatic hypertrophy. The rheumatic diathesis seems speciallu amenable to its action.Q. 1x.Neurasthenia, Splanchnic blues, nervousness, insomnia, nervous indigestion.
||Dr. Willmar Schwabe