Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Cat's Claw - Herbs for Dogs and Cats



Safe to use as a daily dietary supplement and
alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.
In this article...

1.  Cat's Claw
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake


1.0 Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw is native vine of Peru, which can be found in areas of high altitude, winding itself around trees. The medicinal form of Cat’s Claw is derived from the bark and the root of the plant. There are two species of cat’s claw commonly used for medicinal purposes…
  • Uncaria guianenses (common in Europe);
  • Uncaria tomentosa (common in the US and Canada).
Cat's claw is available in dry powder, tea, tincture and supplement form.

2.0 Health Benefits, a partial list…

  • Allergies (environmental) from hay fever;
  • Alzheimer’s (canine);
  • Asthma;
  • Arthritis…
  • Osteoarthritis (caused by aging joints, injury, obesity);
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammation – occurs in matching joints on both sides of the body, can also effect blood, eyes, lungs, heart and/or nerves).
  • Chronic fatigue;
  • Digestive System disorders – i.e.
  • Colitis;
  • Gastritis;
  • Stomach ulcers;
  • Leaky Bowel Syndrome;
  • Cancer (particularly urinary tract cancer);
  • Cleansing of the kidneys;
  • Parasites;
  • Viral infections
  • Wound Healing.

3.0 Cautions...
  • If your dog or cat has low blood pressure the use of Cat’s Claw may further lower blood pressure;
  • If your dog or cat has leukemia do not give him/her Cat’s Claw;
  • If your dog or cat has lupus, do not give him/her Cat’s Claw;
  • Stop giving Cat’s Claw two (2) weeks prior to a scheduled surgery

4.0 Side Effects...
  • Cat’s Claw may lower blood pressure. 

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Medications changed by the liver;
  • Medications for high blood pressure;
  • Medications that decrease the immune system (i.e. corticosteroid medicines, cyclosporine, prednisone, etc.) as Cat’s Claw is an immune system booster and contains natural cortisone.
 
6.0 General Guideline...
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
     Weight
Dry Powders

Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
1-10 lbs
a small pinch up to 1/8 tsp
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
1 larger pinch - 1/8 to ¼ tsp
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches - 1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches - 2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose
 

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1 comment:

  1. Virginia Shemeliuk4 April 2015 at 20:34

    Thank you so VERY much for giving such comprehensive information on each remedy! I am desperately searching for a holistic approach to treating my cat's chronic diarrhea since the "normal" vet gives diazepam which needs blood tests because it may harm other organs!! Your info certainly helps narrow down what would be best to use.

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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