Showing posts with label feverfew. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Feverfew - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

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

In this article - Feverfew
(Tanacetum parthenium, not to be confused with Tansy)

1. Health Benefits
2. Cautions
3. Side Effects
4. Drug Interactions
5. General Guideline for Daily Herbal Intake

1.0 Health Benefits partial list…

  • Allergies;
  • Anemia;
  • Antiseptic application to skin;
  • Arthritis;
  • Asthma;
  • Bone disorders;
  • Cancer;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Dizziness;
  • Gingivitis;
  • Inflammation in joints and tissues;
  • Liver disease;
  • Tinnitus;
  • Nausea;
  • Psoriasis;
  • Upset stomach, gas

Feverfew can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder;
  • Infusion - tea;
  • Tincture (use alcohol free only);
  • Supplement - capsule, pill.

Choosing a good product…

Not all feverfew products (dry powder, capsules, infusions - teas and tinctures) are effective as some do not contain any or enough parthenolide Look for a product that contains at least 0.2% parthenolide, the naturally occurring volatile oil in feverfew that inhibits the release of serration, histamine and other inflammatory substances that cause spasms and inflammation of blood vessels.

2.0 Side Effects…

Feverfew can cause irritation of the mouth when taken in fresh leaf or dry leaf form over the space of multiple days, if a reaction occurs, switch to capsule or infusion form. Consuming a leaf or two constitutes a medicinal dosage – for small dogs use only part of a leaf per day.

3.0 Cautions…

  • Don’t use on pregnant or lactating dog or cats;
  • Don’t use if your dog or cat is on a medication that is broken down or changed by the liver;
  • Don’t use if your dog or cat has an environmental allergy to ragweed or related plants (i.e. marigolds, daisies, etc.);
  • Don’t use if your dog or cat is on an Anticoagulant, Anitplatelet drug.

4.0 Drug Interactions…                                              

  • Anticoagulant, Anitplatelet drugs.

5.0 General Guideline...
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
Dry Powders

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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