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Red Clover

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 5, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Trifolium pratense
  • Bee Bread
  • Beebread
  • Clovone
  • Cow Clover
  • Creeping Clover
  • Daidzein
  • Flos Trifolii
  • Genistein
  • Isoflavone
  • Meadow Clover
  • Miel des Prés
  • Phytoestrogen
  • Purple Clover
  • Trebol Rojo
  • Trefoil
  • Trifolium
  • Trifolium Pratense
  • Trèfle Commun
  • Trèfle des Prés
  • Trèfle Pourpre
  • Trèfle Rouge
  • Trèfle Rougeâtre
  • Trèfle Violet
  • Wild Clover

What is this product used for?

Red clover has no strong support for any health problem.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Red clover is not advised for use in children younger than 12 years.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Do not use this product if you are taking drugs for cancer or hormonal therapies.

  • Do not use this product if you have health problems that are sensitive to hormones. These are problems like breast cancer, prostate cancer, or endometriosis.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin, heparin, or enoxaparin.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase, reteplase, or streptokinase.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that contain hormones. These are drugs like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that affect your hormones. These are drugs like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, anastrozole, exemestane, fluvestrant, letrozole, or tamoxifen.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Bleeding problems

    • Cancer

    • Problems with your uterus

    • Hormonal disorders

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Stomach tenderness

  • Low appetite

  • Swelling in your feet

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.

Where can I learn more?


National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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