Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Dong Quai - Herbs for Dogs

An alternative medicine for dogs
In this article ...

1. Dong Quai
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions


1.0 Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis, ‘female ginseng’)
Dong quai is an herbal plant that has been used for more than a thousand years as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The root of the plant (rhizomes) are used to make medicine in the form of fresh ground root, dry powder or supplement in capsule form, tincture, essential oil and, when administered in hospital/clinic – injection form. The essential oil from should not be ingested. Dong quai contains compounds that reduce pain, open blood vessels, stimulate and relax muscles. 
  • Do not use on cats even for short periods of time.
  • Prolonged use for dogs is not recommended, for short term use only.

2.0 Health Benefits – partial list...
  • Anemia;
  • Constipation;
  • Heart disease – in which case dong quai is combined with astralagus and asian ginseng;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Reduction of joint pain;
  • Ulcers.

3.0 Cautions…
  • Don’t use on pregnant or lactating dogs;
  • Don’t use if your dog has any hormone sensitive health conditions;
  • Do not use two weeks prior to surgery as this herb can slow blood clotting;
  • Don’t use if your dog is at risk of forming a blood clot.
  • Don't use on dogs that have chronic diarrhea.

4.0 Side Effects…
  • Limit your dog's exposure to the sun while he/she is on dong quai as the herb may make your dog more sensitive to sunlight - possible causing skin inflammation and rashes.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Anticoagualant, antiplatelet drugs.

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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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