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Red Clover in herbal medicine

Red clover blossoms contain natural estrogen-like substances that help relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mild depression. Red clover can also be useful in the treatment of PMS, colds, flu, skin problems, coughs, bronchitis, arthritic pain, gout, and heart disease.

Red clover is especially useful for women and has been used for centuries as a uterine tonic. Red Clover can enhance fertility and regulate the menstrual cycle. Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

Red Clover can also help to clear up chronic skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, dandruff, and itchy rashes. The herb is good for all skin inflammation including bug bites and stings. Make a strong tea and apply liberally to the skin as a wash. Use two or three teaspoons of dried flowers to a cup of boiling water. Apply externally as needed and drink one or two cups of tea for best results.

Red clover is sometimes used in compresses, ointments, and poultices as a remedy for gout, lymphatic swelling, and arthritis pain. Use two or three times a day and at bedtime to relieve achy joints.

Tests have shown that red clover may be useful in the treatment of breast, ovarian, endometrial, and lymphatic cancers. It may also block enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer in men. When taken on a regular basis, red clover may help prevent these cancers from developing although more studies are needed before long term use is recommended. Red clover may also help prevent osteoporosis in women and men.

Red clover is also known to help prevent heart disease by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and raising the levels of good cholesterol. Red clover contains chemicals known as coumarins, which may help keep the blood from becoming thick and gummy. This helps reduce the formation of blood clots

Red clover blossoms are full of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. The pretty little round flowers may be added to salads, soups, and stews.

Red clover grows abundantly in North America. It is often found in pastures, meadows, and along the highways. Flowering tops are harvested in summer and dried for winter use. They may also be used fresh.

Red clover is easy to grow from seeds. The plant has a deep root system and can tolerate dry or wet soil conditions. Red clover is a short-lived perennial and is most productive in its second year. Red clover may be planted in full sun or part shade.

* Red clover should NEVER be used by people with a history of breast cancer. Red clover can cause fertility problems. It also interferes with the efficacy of Tamoxifen. Red clover is very diuretic so always drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration when using this herb. Avoid fermented red clover. Do not take red clover when pregnant. Excessive use of red clover may increase the risk of excessive bleeding in some people. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.