Red Clover

Also indexed as:Clover (Red), Trifolium pratense, Clover (Wild)
Red Clover: Main Image © Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Trifolium pratense

Parts Used & Where Grown

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.

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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Menopause
80 mg of isoflavones daily2 stars[2 stars]
Red clover is an herb with weak estrogen-like actions similar to soy. In one study, isoflavones from red clover reduced the frequency of hot flashes in postmenopausal women.
Osteoporosis
Take an extract supplying 26 mg of biochanin A, 16 mg of formononetin, 1 mg of genistein, and 0.5 mg of daidzein per day2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, supplementing with isoflavones from red clover reduced the amount of bone loss from the spine by 45%, compared with a placebo.
Cough
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Red clover has a long history of use for relieving coughs.
Eczema
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Red clover has been used historically to treat people with eczema.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western folk medicine used this plant as a diuretic, a cough expectorant (an agent that promotes discharge of mucus from the respiratory passages), and an alterative.1 Alterative plants were considered beneficial for chronic conditions, particularly those afflicting the skin.

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