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Information on Red Clover including the benefits and uses of using Red Clover. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Red Clover as part of a holistic approach to health.
Red Clover
Botanical name

Trifolium pratense


Red clover has a longstanding traditional use as a medicine for cancer, mastitis, joint disorders, asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis and eczema. It was included in many traditional cancer formulas, including the Hoxey formula.

Red clover has metabolic diuretic (stimulates the removal of waste and water from the kidneys), lymphatic (stimulates lymph movement) and expectorant (supports elimination of mucus from the lungs) properties. Because of these characteristics, red clover has been described as a 'blood purifier' or 'alterative'. Red clover is also a rich source of nutrients, and phytoestrogens known as isoflavones (such as biochanin, formononetin, daidzein, and genistein). These isoflavones have been a focus of intense research in the area of menopause and 'hormonal balancing'.

Conditions commonly used for
  • Cancer - Results from small clinical trials show promise for a proprietary blend of standardised isoflavones derived from red clover for the treatment of certain cancers, especially prostate cancer. More research is required to determine the role of isoflavones in the development of breast cancer.
  • Menopausal symptoms, postmenopausal cardiovascular and osteoporosis risk -hot flushes, vaginal dryness and other menopausal symptoms may be alleviated by red clover isoflavone supplements. Research suggests they also improve blood fat profiles in post-menopausal women and slow rate of loss in bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine.
  • Skin disorders - eczema, rashes, psoriasis, hormonal acne (as a tea, internally and as a wash)
Common dosage range

Recommended daily adult doses are generally the equivalent of 1 - 2 tsp dried flowering herb infused in 1 cup boiling water for 15 to 30 minutes, taken up to three times per day.

Standardised red clover extracts (standardised to isoflavone content) are typically 40 mg/day and available as tablets or capsules. See product directions.

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Red clover is generally regarded as safe and well tolerated and no significant side effects have been noted in the research literature.
  • Because of the phytoestrogenic properties of the isoflavone compounds, use of red clover is not recommended in children, pregnant or breastfeeding women. There is still debate about the possible benefit or risk to women with current or history of breast cancer. Red clover is best avoided by these women until further evidence is available.
  • No clinically significant interactions between red clover and conventional medications are documented in the literature to date, however there is some concern regarding potential interaction with hormonal drugs such as the oral contraceptive pill. Please discuss with your healthcare practitioner.
  • Red clover is listed among herbal products that may potentially increase the risk of bleeding or potentiate the effects of warfarin or aspirin therapy, however there have been no reports of this and the risk is condsidered low. Please discuss with your healthcare practitioner.
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

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