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Natural Remedies: Red Clover

Understanding the origin of pharmacy: late 14c., "a medicine," from Old French farmacie "a purgative" (13c.), from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia "use of drugs, medicines, potions, or spells; poisoning, witchcraft; remedy, cure," from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) "preparer of drugs, poisoner, sorcerer" from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Meaning "use or administration of drugs" is attested from c. 1400; that of "place where drugs are prepared and dispensed" is first recorded 1833. The ph- was restored 16c. in French, 17c. in English (see ph).

Why is using Natural Remedies better than prescription drugs?

1.) A large number of common drugs and supplements contain chemicals called phthalates, which are often found in plastics, found a new study. These chemicals have been linked to a variety of hormonal and reproductive problems in both rats and people.

Scientists can't yet say how levels of phthalates in pills might translate into health risks. But for now, pregnant women and children might want to be cautious, said scientists behind the work, especially those who take regular doses of medicine for chronic conditions.

2.)Pharmaceutical companies only provide the FDA with their own research from clinical trials to prove their new drugs are safe for the market. This is a practice that leaves quite a lot of raised eyebrows.

In addition, FDA approval committees often include members with connections to pharmaceutical companies. In fact, the 2006 Institute of Medicine’s study says that the FDA should “establish a requirement that a substantial majority of the members of each advisory committee be free of significant financial involvement with companies whose interests may be affected by the committee’s deliberations.”

3.)It is likely that humans have used plants as medicine for as long as we have existed. Archeological excavations dated as early as 60,000 years ago have found remains of medicinal plants, such as opium poppies, ephedra, and cannabis.

Since the beginning, humans have experimented with plants to learn how they can help us heal. In essence, humans have been involved for thousands of years in a vast "clinical trial" with medicinal plants. The wisdom that resulted from this global experiment is a large part of our history of healing and healthcare.

What are the benefits of Red Clover?

1.)Red clover is used for cancer prevention, indigestion, high cholesterol, whooping cough, cough, asthma, bronchitis, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

2.)Some women use red clover for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes; for breast pain or tenderness (mastalgia); and for premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

3.)Red clover is applied to the skin for skin cancer, skin sores, burns, and chronic skin diseases including eczema and psoriasis.

Where does Red Clover come from?

Bearing the scientific name Trifolium pratense, red clover is a small, short-lived perennial herbaceous plant that flowers across Europe and western Asia, as well as some parts of Africa. The flowers are small and pinkish-purple, and due to their rapid growth rate and high nutritional value, they are often used as fodder for animals. The plant has traditionally been used in parts of Europe and Asia for the treatment of many health conditions. It has typically been consumed in the form of a tea and has grown in popularity in recent years once the health benefits connected to the herb were discovered.

Word of Advice:

Plants were placed here on earth to provide everything we need in order to survive.

We in the US and other areas of the world have gotten into the pharmacy demands of needing prescription drugs for every thing.

Plants are also color coded for our bodily functions. ( for more information see Natures Pharmacy post)

Have you ever stopped to think how humanity survived before the big pharmacudical companies?

Plants when you know what to use can be benefical in you over all health. They can make you feel better with no side effects because most people are not allergic to nature.

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