Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Green Lipped Mussel - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats





Safe to use as a dietary supplement, alternative medicine
for most dogs and cats
In this article...
1. Green Lipped Mussel (Perna)
2. Health Benefits

3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. Daily Dosage

1.0 New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel
(also known as Perna, New Zealand Green Mollusk, NZGLM, etc.)

New Zealand green lipped mussel is a species of shellfish that can only be found in the waters and on the shores of New Zealand. Green Lipped Mussels are a traditional food of the Maoris – indigenous people of New Zealand. The use of green lipped muscles as an alternative medicine is relatively new to the western world. The benefits of Green Lipped Muscles were noted by the western world upon observation of the Maoris people – specifically that the incidence of arthritis among the Maoris people was very low.

Green Lipped Mussel (NZGLM) Is Typically Available in…
·        Oil gel supplement;
o   In oil form NZGLM is only effective for treating arthritis and inflammation;
·        Ground Powder;
o   Capsule form, or
o   Soft Gel form.
o   Should be effective for treating the full range of benefits noted further below.


Medicinal Properties of NZGLM
Green Lipped Mussels contain mucopolysaccharides – building blocks of the body that are found in every type of body tissue and are an important component of cartilage and synovial (joint) fluid. Components of mucopolysaccharides include:
  
NZGLM also contain:
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (also an anti-inflammatory);
  •  Minerals, and;
  • Protein.

Like other alternative medicines  it takes a little time (i.e. several weeks) for the effects of green lipped muscle to start evidencing a decrease in inflammation and pain.
  
2.0 Health Benefits
The following is a partial list of health benefits…
  • Arthritis;
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Asthma;
  • Atopic dermatitis (skin inflammation);
  • Bone and teeth health;
  • Cancer;
    • Breast;
    • Prostate;
  • Circulatory System health;
  • Connective Tissue Disorders;
  • Gout;
  • Eye disorders;
  • Heart disease;
  • Joint pain and stiffness;
  • Immune System health;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Inflammatory Joint Disease (i.e. bursitis);
  • Lyme disease;
  • Lupus – systemic;
  • Mucositis (inflammation of the mucus membranes of the GI tract)
  • Nervous system health
  • Psoriasis;
  • Skin health;
  • Ulcers (NSIAD induced).
3.0 Cautions…

If your dog or cat:
  • Has liver disease;
  • Is allergic to shell fish do not use NZGLM
    • Signs of an allergic reaction include:
      • Abdominal pain;
      • Chest tightness;
      • Difficulty breathing;
      • Itching;
      • Hives;
      • Swelling of the face or hands;
      • Swelling or tingling in the:
        •  Mouth;
        • Throat;
      • Vomiting.

4.0 Side Effects...
  • ·        Safe for most dogs and cats;
  • ·        In some individuals may cause;
o   Abnormal liver;
o   Diarrhea;
o   Heart disease;
o   Intestinal gas;
o   Lung disfunction;
o   Fluid retention;
o   Gout;
o   Skin rash;
o   Respiratory problems;
o   Nausea.        
  • In rare cases it NZGLM mat cause liver problems.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Use caution when taking in tandem with anti-inflammatory drugs, herbs or supplements as NZGLM may enhance effects and side effects;

6.0 Daily Dosage...  

Follow manufacturers directions.


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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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