extracted by tincture in distilled water and food grade alcohol
Plant Description / History:
A European native, Red Clover is commercially grown in the United States for pasturage, hay and green manure. It is considered to be an excellent forage for livestock and poultry. Red Clover is one of the world's oldest and most common natural treatment for cancer. One study found that 33 cultures use the herb against the disease.
Constituents-Chemicals & Nutrients:
Isoflavones; biochanin A, daidzein, formononnetin, genistein, pratensein, trifoside; other flavonoids including pectolinarin and trifoliin (=isoquercitrin); Volatile oil, containing furfural; Clovamides; L-Dopa-caffeic acid conjugates; Coumarins; coumestrol, medicagol and coumarin; a galactomannan, resins, minerals vitamins, phytoalexins.
For Menopausal Symptoms & Irregular Menses -
Red clover contains isoflavones (estrogen-like compounds) which can mimic the effect of endogenous estrogen and activate estrogen receptors . The use of Red Clover can relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Traditionally, it has been administered to help restore irregular menses and to balance the acid-alkaline level of the vagina to promote conception. Due to its activity on estrogen receptors, it is contraindicated in people with a history of breast cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, or other estrogen-sensitive conditions but other studies have suggested that the high isoflavone content counteracts this and even provides benefits in these conditions.
Cancer Treatment –
Internally, the blossoms are used in the treatment of cancers of the breast, ovaries and lymphatic system. Red Clover contains genistein, an anticancer compound that prevents new blood vessels from forming within a tumor. Since tumors rely on new blood vessels to grow, genistein effectively starves the cancer. However, it may create problems for certain cancer patients. For example, women being treated for breast cancer with the drug tamoxifen should avoid Red Clover because tamoxifen prevents estrogen from reaching a tumor, and phytoestrogenic compounds in Red Clover could undermine that action. In this case, its possible Red Clover could feed, not starve, an estrogen-dependent breast tumor. A poultice of the plant may be used as local applications to cancerous growths.
Coughs & Bronchitis –
The expectorant and anti-spasmodic action give Red Clover a role in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, especially in whooping cough. The tincture can be mixed with an equal amount of honey for a simple and pleasant tasting cough syrup.
Immune System –
Isoflavonoid compounds from Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) reduces inflammation and immune suppression induced by UV radiation.
For Menopausal Symptoms & Irregular Menses: 60 - 100 drops (3 - 5 ml) 3 times per day in a cup of warm/hot water.
Due to Red Clover’s coumarin derivatives, it should be cautiously used in individuals with coagulation disorders or currently undergoing anticoagulation therapy. It is metabolized by CYP3A4 (an enzyme) and therefore caution should be taken when used with other drugs that use the same metabolism pathway.
Hot flashes and irritability in menopausal women caused by “estrogen dominance” will not be alleviated by taking Red Clover, as this tincture should be taken by women who have the same menopausal symptoms caused by low estrogen uptake. Saliva testing (as opposed to a blood test) will give you accurate results, showing all of the estrogen available in the body (not just in the blood), from which to make an educated decision on treatment.
Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.