Red Clover’s Medicinal Benefits by Reya Rose

Red Clover’s Medicinal Benefits
Red clover, the common plant that covers farmers fields, pops up along city sidewalks, populates parks, and adorns roadsides, has long been treasured for its traditional medicinal uses. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a sweet, salty, and cooling herb that belongs to the legume (or pea) family and is known as a nutritional powerhouse and gentle plant medicine aid. As a nutrituve, red clover is rich in minerals such as calcium and contains phytoestrogens that support healthy hormones, heart, and bones. In herbal medicine it’s revered for its cleansing properties. Red clover is known as an alterative, “blood-purifier,” and a good choice for helping the body detox. It is recommended for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It’s also recommended for treating menopausal symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen lymph glands, and autoimmune conditions.

In this article we’ll discuss how red clover is used medicinally, the science supporting the efficacy of red clover-based medicine, what real people say about the effectiveness of red clover, how you can use red clover at home, and who should avoid using red clover medicinally.

red clover has many medicinal uses
Red clover’s many common names include Beebread, Clovone, Cow Clover, Daidzein, Genistein, Meadow Clover, Purple Clover, Trebol Rojo, Trèfle Commun, Trèfle des Prés, Trèfle Pourpre, Trèfle Rouge, Trèfle Rougeâtre, Trèfle Violet, Trefoil, Trifolium, Trifolium pratense, and Wild Clover.
Traditional Medicinal Uses of Red Clover
Red clover has many medicinal benefits, most notably as an alterative, antispasmodic, and expectorant. Traditional medicinal uses red clover include treating:

Menopausal symptoms
Hot flashes
High cholesterol/heart disease
Weak and brittle bones
Hair loss
Whopping Cough
Skin irritations including eczema and psoriasis
Skin sores and inflammation
Enlarged prostate

Clover covers a field at Huntington Beach Central Park. This quaint little blossom is packed with nutritive medicinal power.
What Gives Red Clover Its Medicinal Power
Nutrients: Red clover is known as a nutritive herb as it contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Red clover contains several B vitamins, calcium, beta-carotene, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin C among other nutrients. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar calls red clover,

“one of nature’s best vitamin and mineral supplements.”

Gladstar. Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.
Phytoestrogens: Many of the medicinal properties of red clover are attributed to its phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are compounds in plants that are structurally similar to the female hormone estrogen. Their structural similarity allows them to bind to human oestrogen receptors producing an (anti)oestrogenic effect. Phytoestrogens are credited with numerous beneficial health effects included lowered risk of heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, menopausal symptoms including hot flushes and osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, brain disorders, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other cancers (Rietjens, 2017).

Isoflavones: Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen found in legumes, most notably soy and red clover. Isoflavones are the most researched of the phytoestrogens. In Asian society, the average person consumes 15-50 mg of isoflavones per day, while the average person in Western countries consumed just 2 mg per day. This difference is often cited to explain why people in Asian countries generally have lower rates of chronic diseases, breast cancer, and other cancer. In order for isoflavones to affect your health, a person would need to eat roughly 40-70 mg of isoflavones daily, or an average of 50 mg/day (Desmawati, 2019).

Scientific Studies Assess Red Clover’s Medicinal Power
Studies demonstrating the effectiveness of red clover



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