Clover - red (Trifolium pratense) wild clover - Diuretic
. A tea made from the flowering tops is believed to stimulate
activity and is taken for Constipation
and sluggish Appetite
. It is sometimes recommended for those onvalescing from Stomach
operations who have no Appetite
. Externally a fomentation is applied for Rheumatic
s and also to soften hard mild Gland
s. A syrupy extract of the flowers can be used as an external treatment for persistent Sores
A poultice of the plant can be tried for Athlete
's foot and other Skin
Red clover is a valuable source of nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium,thiamine, and vitamin C. Its isoflavones are a rich source of phytoEstrogen
s, water soluble chemicals that act like Estrogen
s in the body because of their ability to fit into Estrogen
According to Phyllis and James Balch in their widely read book Prescription for Nutrit
ional Healing, the isoflavonoids in red clover fight Infection
, suppress Appetite
, and purify the blood. They have Expectorant
, and relaxing effects, and are good for Bacteria
s, and inflamed Lung
s. They are also beneficial for inflammatory Bowel
disorders, and a weakened Immune
Red clover has been a traditional herbal treatment for Cancer
due to its ability to stimulate the Immune
research has found preliminary evidence that it may prevent the growth of Cancer
cells or kill Cancer
cells in test tubes.
Some studies have also suggested that the red clover isoflavones may slow bone loss and even boost bone mineral density in
pre and perimenopausal women.
Red clover may also protect against Heart
disease in several ways. It has been associated with an increase in HDL Cholesterol
in pre and postmenopausal women. One study found that menopausal women who took red clover supplements had more flexible and stronger Arteries
. Red clover may also have blood thinning properties which help prevent blood clots. It also appears to improve blood flow
When applied to the Skin
, red clover ointments have treated Psoriasis
, and Rash
No serious side effects from red clover have been reported in humans. Infertility
has been noted in grazing animals that consume large amounts.Red clover may alter the effects of drugs.
1 The isoflavones found in red clover may help to increase HDL Cholesterol
(the good kind).
2 Red clover is a traditional method of treatment for Cough
3 Because of its Estrogen
-like properties, red clover tea may offer relieve for symptoms of Menopause
, like hot flashes.
4 Blood-flow appears to be improved by red clover, which acts by thinning the blood and preventing blood clots.
5 Studies on menopausal women who take red clover show that the red clover benefits arterial strength and flexibility.
6 Red clover herb extend to the Bones
, too. Studies show that red clover may increase bone density and slow bone loss in menopausal women.
7 The use of red clover to reverse and/or slow Cancer
has a long history, and studies show supportive evidence of red clover's effectiveness as a supplemental Cancer
therapy. However, because of its Estrogen
-like qualities, red clover should not be used in the case of breast Cancer
8 Red clover extract side effects are rare and mild, and generally do not occur in users who take it on a short term (less than one year) basis.
9 Ointments made from red clover can be spread on the Skin
to relieve Skin Rash
s and irritations.
Red clover flowers have been documented to have the following properties. Alterative Antispasmodic Diuretic Expectorant
- used to treat Asthma
, and similar type conditions Sedative Tonic
It is also written that the benefits of red clover extend to those suffering from the following conditions. Acne
, Asthma Bronchitis Cholesterol
levels - helps to regulate it Colds Cough
s, including whooping Cough
- often used in the form of syrup Digestion
- improves it, by stimulating production of Digestive
chemicals and bile Eczema Flatulence
- relieves it Infection
s - aids with healing Infertility
- helps improve fertility Lymph
piles - applied locally to alleviate the condition Prostate
health - promotes it Skin
eruptions Sore throat
The health benefits of red clover extend especially to women undergoing Menopause
- red clover has been used for many years as a remedy for the symptoms of Menopause
. According to researchers, this effect is due to the isoflavones, a form of phytoEstrogen
s (water-soluble plant chemicals which act like Estrogen
s), which are present in red clover. Among the symptoms which can be alleviated include hot flashes and mood swings.
Red clover the Blood Purifier
: Another of the famous health benefits of red clover is that it is also a known effective Liver
and Blood Purifier
Red clover and Cancer
: In old medical literature, red clover is cited several times as being successfully used to treat several forms of Cancer
, usually external Cancer
s which are treated both topically and internally (i.e. consumption of red clover tea or other forms). Due to its anti-Cancer
activity, red clover poultices are also used on Cancer
ous growths visible on the surface of the body.
External or Topical Uses of Red Clover : The benefits of red clover can also be reaped externally, where it can be applied topically, usually in combination with other herbs (e.g. burdock), to help treat Skin Wound
s and conditions, including Bites
and growths. Amongst its other uses, red clover is also used as an ointment to treat Skin Infection
s like Eczema
, and Rash
Red clover compresses can also be used to treat the symptoms of Arthritis
d, red clover benefits mouth Ulcers
In addition, it can be used as eyewash to treat conjunctivitis.
In addition, red clover benefits and is externally used for various ailments like Leprosy