Red Clover

(Trifolium pratense)

This plant grows in Europe and North America. The flowering tops are used in botanical medicine. Another plant, white clover, grows in similar areas. Both have white arrow-shaped patterns on their leaves.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western folk medicine used this plant as a diuretic, a cough expectorant and for chronic conditions, particularly those afflicting the skin.

What it does

Red clover contains phytoestrogenic components which modify oestrogenic activity in the body due to their ability to bind to oestrogen receptors in cells. If the levels of oestrogen are too high, the herb’s comparatively weak phytoestrogens can occupy receptors that otherwise could have been occupied by the much stronger hormone. If the oestrogenic activity in the body is too low, phytoestrogens can exert a mild positive oestrogenic effect. Red clover is said to promote health, anti-inflammatory in skin disorders, a heart protector and anti-cancer.

Potential Uses

Fibroids Infertility PMS
Menopause Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Prostate problems
Coughs Bronchitis

Other information

As excessive oestrogenic activity is also associated with prostate dysfunction (such as enlarged prostate) the oestrogen-blocking capabilities of the herb’s phytoestrogenic isoflavones are thought to be of potential benefit.

Red Clover is an excellent female hormone tonic, helping to control hot flushes, depression, mood swings and irritability. It also helps reduce the risk of heart disease in post-menopausal women.


If you take blood thinning medication such as warfarin, heparin, platelet inhibitors or HRT, you should consult your doctor before taking Red clover.

Red clover should not be used by children under 12 except under supervision of a qualified herbalist.

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Red clover.

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