Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), Cleansing agent, Herbal Estrogen, Alternative Hormone Treatment.
Red clover has properties which makes it a possible alternative hormone treatment for women experiencing menopause or other estrogen related disorders. Restoration of estrogen balance in women by the chemical formononetin gives this herb the phytoestrongenic property.
Red clover is a plant native to Europe which has become naturalized throughout North America. It grows wild along roadsides, in meadows, and in fields. It grows best in sandy soils that are rich in calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Red clover stands about two feet high from a short, woody rootstock. Palmate leaves are arranged alternately along the round, hairy stern. Red-purple blossoms are present throughout the summer. The blossoms are edible having a sweet taste and a honey like fragrance. Blossoms are the medicinally active part of the herb. They are harvested throughout the summer.
In the early 1930s, red clover was used as a cancer treatment. The blossoms were combined with other herbs and were marketed as blood purifiers or alteratives, to help clear the body of metabolic toxins. This is one of the earliest North American experiences with this herb.
The most common use of this herb has been to treat skin inflammations such as psoriasis and eczema. It has been used to treat bronchitis and spasmodic coughs, whooping cough in particular. Red clover acts as an expectorant and soothes irritated mucous membranes. The herb has also been used for constipation, sluggish appetites, and to stimulate the liver and gall bladder. Red clover, along with other Essiac tea herbs, contributes estrogen as an alternative hormone treatment.
The chemical constituents in red clover are isoflavonoids, coumarin derivatives, cyanogenic glycosides, and volatile oil. Genistein present in red clover has been found to contribute to cancer tumor shrinking in vitro by preventing growth of new blood vessels that feed the tumors. For an extensive overview of red clover, click here:
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