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|Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a plant belonging to the
pea family. It is an herbaceous perennial with leafy stems rising from a crown.
It can grows to sixteen inches, with an upright stem. Leaves and stems are pubescent. Leaves are trifoliate with leaflets near round to oblong.
The leaves are made up of three oval leaflets with a prominent white "V" mark in the center, called a chevron. Leaves are usually hairy on both surfaces or sometimes without hairs above and hairy beneath. Stems reach 2 to 3 feet under favorable conditions and bear at the terminals the rose to magenta flower heads comprised of 100 or more individual flowers. Flowers occur in round to oval heads usually on flower stalks less than 5 mm long.
The flowers are purple to pink and are egg-shaped. The edible blossoms are sweet-tasting with a honey-like fragrance. The flowers are considered to be the source of its medicinal properties and are usually dried for therapeutic use.
It is used to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and contains chemicals called isoflavones, which belong to a larger class of plant chemicals known as phyto Cestrogens. The herb contains isoflavone compounds that may help prevent certain types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer.
Genistein has been found to contribute to the shrinking of cancerous tumors in vitro by preventing growth of the new blood vessels that feed the tumors. The plant is used as a nutrition supplement for all forms of degenerative disease and as an antibiotic helping fight bacterium, the most significant of which is the pathogen that causes tuberculosis. It has also been used as a blood purifier, relaxant and an appetite suppressant.
It is often used to treat skin inflammations like psoriasis and eczema,
and may stimulate the liver and gall bladder, as well as being used for constipation and sluggish appetite.
A tea may be made by soaking one to two teaspoons of dried flowers in
one cup of boiling water for ten minutes.
Supplements are generally considered safe. Possible side effects may include breast tenderness, weight gain, hormonal problems.
Use is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women because of its
estrogen like properties.
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