Benefits of Red Clover | Herbal Library

Red Clover

Natural Blood Purifier & Cancer Remedy

Red clover has a long history of not just medicinal use, but, on a whole different note, also as common cattle fodder. And it has some religious background as well, as the three leaves on the clover were associated with the Christian Trinity. During the Middle Ages, the red clover was considered a charm of protection against witches. Just as a regular four-leaf clover is considered lucky, the same is true of the red four-leaf clover. In fact, there is some debate as to whether the red leaf clover is the actual true shamrock planted by St. Patrick in Ireland.

Regardless of the myths and folktales surrounding red clover, one thing has been proven through time - the herb makes a powerful addition to your natural medicine arsenal. If you’ve wondered what benefit this herb has, you’re not alone. One of the questions we often hear is, "What is red clover used for?" Let’s take a look... 

Red Clover Cardiovascular Health Benefits

Red Clover leaf is a staple of herbal blood cleansing formulas and has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. One of its common uses is to help with overall cardiovascular health. Red clover is an excellent blood purifier that over time gradually cleanses the bloodstream and corrects deficiencies in the circulatory system. It has been shown to thin the blood and reduce the possibility of blood clots and arterial plaques. This is one reason you’ll find red clover as an ingredient in Jon Barron’s Blood Support formula. While this is a very important benefit, it’s not the primary reason that Jon Barron and so many other herbalists use this herb. 

Red Clover Anti-Cancer Health Benefits

Among classic herbalists, red clover is known as one of the world's oldest and most common natural herbal supports for the treatment for all varieties of cancer -- anywhere in the body. It is found as a central ingredient in many anticancer support formulas, including the Hoxsey formula, Jason Winters tea, and Essiac tea, not to mention Jon’s Blood Support formula. Its use is so common that one study found that 33 cultures use the herb to support and fight against the disease.

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Not surprisingly, most doctors, the FDA and many “new-school” herbalists, being uninformed, have dismissed red clover as useless in dealing with cancer. However, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have indeed found anti-tumor properties in red clover. These incredible red clover benefits come from genistein, a biochemical in the plant, that has the ability to prevent tumors from developing the blood supplies they need to survive – thus starving them and killing them.

As it turns out, genistein is the same biochemical considered to be the main beneficial biochemical in soy. But red clover has a significant advantage over soy. It contains not just genistein, but significant levels (about ten times that found in soy) of all four beneficial estrogenic isoflavones (a special class of antioxidants) including daidzein. In addition to isoflavones, red clover contains another class of anticancer phytoestrogen compounds called coumestans – primarily in the form of biochanin.

Red Clover Estrogen Related Health Benefits

In addition to being considered an effective natural cancer treatment support herb, red clover has shown some promise in areas of estrogen related health. The isoflavones found in red clover have been shown to produce estrogen-like effects in the body. As such, red clover is commonly used to help reduce symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and PMS, while at the same time promoting breast enhancement and breast health. It is also thought to help decrease the risk of women developing osteoporosis later in life. And the isoflavones found in red clover have been associated with an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol in pre- and postmenopausal women.

Red Clover Common Natural Health Remedies

In addition to isoflavones and genistein, red clover also contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Historically, it has often been used (and is still used) to treat whooping cough and other throat related conditions such as bronchitis and sore throats. Herbalists also use it in tinctures to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

Where to Find Red Clover

This herb can be found in many forms including as dried leaves or capsules, in tincture or extract form, and as a topical treatment.

Note: Soy use, unlike red clover use, does not result in any increase in biochanin in the blood. Is that important? Studies have shown that biochanin may significantly inhibit breast cancer proliferation. 

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    Submitted by susan on
    April 5, 2016 - 2:50pm

    it should be noted that this would not work for what is called hormone negative cancers or triple negative cancer

    Submitted by Angela on
    May 10, 2016 - 2:43pm

    Herbs like red clover actually do fight cancers of all types. The vitalistic approach of most herbalists like myself is to utilize herbs, food, and other maladies to support the function of the body systems, more specifically the organs at the cellular level. The body has an inherent property to move toward wellness if you give it what it needs to do so.

    Submitted by joanne on
    June 2, 2016 - 5:00pm
    Victoria BC Canada ,

    In actuality red clover was sacred to the Celtic Clan Mothers wise women teachers and herbal witches as part of the self care brew along with all its health benefits for treating others.
    For the Celts it was a revered plant. Its 3 leaf clover was a living representation of the trinity of the Goddess, birth death rebirth in nature long before Christianity. The original Primal Christianity was in alignment and sourced similarly with the lived Pagan earth centered life - spirituality was not separated out of daily life Power while forming churches is what has corrupted and miss-interpreted true Christianity.


    Submitted by ariana mazzuccchi on
    September 13, 2016 - 2:42pm
    Point Arena , California

    hi, I am unclear, does Red clover help women reduce estrogen who have had a estrogen sensitive breast cancer? there are some mixed viewson this. can you help me

    Submitted by Raymond T. Hoelz on
    July 9, 2017 - 8:55pm
    Cohoes , New York

    Red clover only indirectly purifies the bloodstream. In the main, it very effectively purifies the LYMPH system, emptying toxins out of the body.

    Submitted by Smithk20 on
    September 21, 2017 - 3:58pm
    I do trust all of the ideas you've presented in your post. They're very convincing and can certainly work.
    Submitted by Brian on
    December 1, 2017 - 8:58pm
    Europe ,

    Looking for an alternative to dangerous Warfarin / Xarelto chemical blood thinners, I've started taking a daily dosis of red clover extract due to my Atrial Fibrillation and possible risk of blood clots forming in the heart, with all that that entails.
    All fine... But hear this: I've also been plagued by periodic bouts of extremely irritating sybhoric dermatitus (spelt right?!) on my hair roots and face.
    After nearly a month of the extract, it's all but disappeared.
    All the best from over the pond, Brian.

    Submitted by margaret on
    February 26, 2018 - 2:01pm
    canterbury ,

    As a student in herbal med, we were told of its uses for skin problems first before its hormonal ones. If you also take herbs which help cleanse the liver like dandelion root or oregon grape is used for skin conditions, then you will get fully better.

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