Red Clover has a long history in herbal medicine, traditionally considered useful in the treatment of skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and rashes due to its blood cleansing properties, as well as to ease whooping cough and other spasmodic coughs caused by measles, bronchitis and laryngitis. It was also recommended for all types of ulcers and burns.
More recently, there has been extensive scientific research into the herb's phyto-oestrogen properties and its use in relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, as well as treatment for cardiovascular disease including high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, osteoporosis prevention, hormone-sensitive cancers (e.g. breast, prostate) and for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) in men.
The safety of Red Clover during pregnancy is unknown so caution should be applied.