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What are some uses for red clover?

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Red clover is a plant that many people use for its medicinal qualities, including treatment of hot flashes in menopausal women and high cholesterol. It is also sometimes used to help with indigestion, cancer prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

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While individuals use red clover for many types of medical conditions, there isn’t solid scientific evidence to show how effective it is. Many menopausal women use red clover as a natural medicine for the various symptoms they experience, including hot flashes. The reason it may be useful for these purposes is because it contains isoflavones, which are similar to the female hormone estrogen. Some women also use the herb for breast tenderness or premenstrual syndrome. Individuals also often use it for asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis.

People also use red clover for the skin to help heal burns and skin sores. People have also used it for skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis and other chronic skin disorders. Women can also use red clover for weak bones caused by osteoporosis. Some studies show that it has helped postmenopausal women with improving mineral density of the bones.

Individuals have used red clover for other purposes, though there is insufficient evidence to show its effectiveness. These uses include treatment for hair loss, enlarged prostate glands, breast cancer and lung problems.

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