Red Clover: Herbal Remedies

Red Clover Preparations and Dosage

Red clover can be a tasty -- and healthy -- addition to tea and even some meals. However, it can cause some clotting and other issues and needs to be used somewhat cautiously as a herbal remedy.

Red Clover Preparations and Dosage

Red Clover can be ingested in a number of ways. Below are some suggestions.

Herbal Tea: You may drink several cups of red clover tea a few times a week for general purposes. Drink several cups daily for two to ten weeks for a medicinal effect.

Tincture: Take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily.

Red Clover Precautions and Warnings

Those with abnormally low platelet counts, those using anticoagulant drugs, and those with clotting defects should avoid red clover preparations.

Do not consume red clover before surgery or childbirth, as it may impair the ability of the blood to clot. Red clover is believed to promote the growth of uterine fibroids in sheep, but whether this is true for humans is unknown.

There is also some concern that red clover may stimulate cancers that are fed by estrogen, such as some breast and uterine cancers. Until more is known, it may be best for patients with hormonally influenced cancers or uterine fibroids to avoid red clover.

Side Effects of Red Clover

On the whole, red clover is considered very safe, and little effect -- aside from occasional gas -- is noticed from drinking the tea. The mild anticoagulant effect and the hormonal effects, however, are undesirable for some individuals.

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