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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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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