Galega plant for Herbal Naturopathy: properties, benefits, uses, side effects

The galega (Galega officinalis) is a plant of the Fabaceae family. Known for its galactogenic properties, it is useful for treating diabetes and the liver. Let’s find out better.

Property of the galleys

The galega, known since ancient times, is traditionally used in phytotherapy during the lactation phase, due to its galactogenic properties. This action is due to the cumestane derivatives (medicagolo, medicagolo-methylether) and to the saponins which stimulate the release of prolactin. The intake of galega not only favors the increase in the quantity of milk produced (up to 50% more), and the quality, increasing the content of nutrients, but also improves the circulation of the mammary gland and therefore the oxygenation of the its fabrics.

The flavonoids contained in the flowering tops of the galley also act as regulators of the natural production of female hormones, which are naturally picked up by the receptor cells in the mammary glands, causing an increase in the volume of the breast.

The galegin present in the plant gives it hypoglycemic properties, thanks also to the presence of chromium salts, bringing about a reduction in the blood sugar level. Its use is therefore indicated in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Obviously it cannot replace insulin therapy, and should only be used by diabetics under medical supervision.

Finally, the galega also exerts a purifying action on the liver and kidneys, thanks to its ability to increase the secretion of urine, and the elimination of toxins through diuresis.

How to use 

INFUSION:  1 level spoonful of galega top, 1 cup of water 
Pour the galega into boiling water and turn off the heat. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 min. Filter the infusion and drink 2 cups a day while breastfeeding.

Contraindications of galega

Due to its hypoglycemic activity, interactions with oral antidiabetics are possible, because it enhances their effect. 

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