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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Golden Seal - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

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

In this article...

1. Golden Seal
2. Health Benefits  
3. Cautions  
4. Side Effects  
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake 

1.0 Golden Seal

Golden seal is an herbal plant that contains the chemical berberine;
  • Berberine is:
    • Antibacterial;
    • Antifungal.

Golden Seal can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder;
  • Fresh sliced or finely minced root;
  • Tea - infusion;
  • Tincture - use alcohol-free only;
  • Supplement - capsule, pill.

2.0 Health Benefits – partial list…
  • Ingested Treatments
    • Cancer;
    • Digestive disorders including;
    • Chronic Fatigue;
    • Colitis;
    • Constipation;
    • Diarrhea;
    • Gas;
    • Ulcers.
    • Heart health:
      • Lowers blood pressure and improves irregular heartbeats;
      • Lowers blood sugar;
      • Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL)
      • Internal bleeding;
    • Liver disorders;
    • Upper respiratory infections and reduction of symptoms from environmental allergies;
    • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

3.0 Cautions…
  • If your dog or cat is pregnant or lactating don’t use golden seal as an ingested treatment/supplement;
  • Don’t use golden seal as an ingested treatment/supplement for new-born puppies or kittens.
  • Don't use for more than 14 consecutive days.
  • Those with autoimmune issues, blood pressure issues, heart issues or liver issues, use with care.

4.0 Side Effects…
  • If ingested by newborn puppies and kittens, golden seal may cause brain damage.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Cyclosporine;
  • Medications changed by the liver;
  • Medications that are moved by pumps into cells.
  • Many other drugs.

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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