Red clover bears beautiful flowers that are not only superficially lovely but also help with alleviation of sicknesses. One of its wonders is its help in improving menopause symptoms.
What is Red Clover?
Red clover, or Trifolium pratense is a herbaceous specie of the bean family, Fabaceae. It is native to Northwest Africa, Europe and Western Asia but can bloom in other regions. It produces significant effects in health, and has been used in India as traditional medicine for coughs, as sedative, anti-inflammatory and more. Red clover, because of its beauty, has been picked to be the national flower of Denmark, and state flower of Vermont.
Red Clover for Menopause
A study from ScienceNordic indicates that red clover can help reduce menopause symptoms like hot flashes, sleep problems, palpitations, and bone loss.
Women in the study proclaimed that they have experienced lesser, or no major side effects during the treatment with red clover compared to human estrogen. And within 3 months of trial, their bone loss slowed down compared with those in placebo.
How Red Clover Works
Red clover contains isoflavones, which is responsible for its medicinal effects. This isoflavones are transformed in the body to phytoestorgens that works similarly with estrogens. The symptoms felt by menopausal women are due to drastic drop of female sex hormones in the body (i.e. estrogen). Red clover creates more estrogens in the form of phytoestrogens to suffice the needed amount of hormones that causes the symptoms.
Other Uses of Red Clover
Red clover is also used for whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, cancer prevention, indigestion, high cholesterol and sexually transmitted infections.
Some women also use it for mastalgia or breast pain and tenderness during the premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Red clover is applied topically for burns, skin cancer, skin sores, and skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
Precautions and Warnings for Red Clover
Red clover is likely safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women when taken by mouth as a common source of food. However, it may affect the body if taken as a medicinal drug because it contains phytoestrogens that might disrupt the level of hormones in the body.
Red clover is not advised to individuals with bleeding disorders, and upcoming surgery, as it may affect blood clotting in the body and increase the bleeding. It should be avoided in large amounts or use with caution.
Individuals with hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosis breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, or uterine fibroids should not use red clover. Cases of people with these conditions could get worse with exposure to estrogen or estrogen-like substances that red clover contains.