Thomas Bartram writes Alfalfa is good to 'promote strong bones and rebuild decayed teeth' and is 'a nutrient to increase weight and vitality'. He lists many conditions that he see Alfalfa having the potential to benefit, including backache, rheumatism, infections of the sinuses, ear nose and throat. He says 'it fattens thin people, and builds a person up after a surgical operation, Rich in chlorophyll, it stimulates the growth of supportive connective tissue and is useful for collagen disease, arthritis etc. Frequent cups of tea have a diuretic effect relieving dropsy, kidney, bladder and prostate disorders'
Alfalfa was traditionally used for lowering blood pressure, acting as a diuretic, increasing breast milk production, treating arthritis and getting rid of kidney stones.