By Shop Talk
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.
Among classic herbalists, red clover is known as one of the world’s oldest and most common natural treatments for all varieties of cancer — anywhere in the body. It is found as a central ingredient in many anticancer 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 against the disease.
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.
In addition to being considered an effective natural cancer remedy, 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 and night sweats, 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.
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.
Red clover flowers have been documented to have the following properties.
- The National Health Institute researched and found Red Clover contains 4 anti-tumor compounds in Red Clover. Commonly used to relieve; Allergies Acts as Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Breathing Disorders Canker Sores Celiac’s Disease Cellular Regeneration Cleansing Crohn’s Disease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Colitis Detoxifying Digestive Disorders Diuretic Diverticulitis Eczema Endometriosis Endotoxic Shock (infection-related toxaemia) Fibroids Fibromyalgia Gastrointestinal Disorders Some kinds of toxic Headaches Hepatitis Hormone Imbalances Irritable Bowel Syndrome Joint Pain Can be used as a Poultice Psoriasis Skin Disorders Vascular Disorders such as skin eruptions associated with poor circulation Ayurvedic Expectorant Good for mouth ulcers Supports the endocrine system Good for Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chrons and acts as an anti-spasmodic Adaptogenic good for auto-immune disorders, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis Used to harmonize other ingredients creating a synergistic effect alterative.