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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Licorice Root - Herbs For Dogs and Cats



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

In this article...
1. Licorice Root
2. Health Benefits  
3. Cautions  
4. Side Effects  
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake 

1.0 Licorice Root
Licorice has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb to treat a wide variety of issues. The medicinal properties are derived from the root of the licorice plant. Licorice is an effective, fast acting anti-inflammatory which can completely replace or greatly reduce the need for corticosteroids. The chemical glycyrrhizin is the active anti-inflammatory agent in licorice. Glycyrrhzin is and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

Cats and dogs usually enjoy the taste of licorice, making this herb perfect for use to mask the taste of less attractive tasting herbs.

Licorice 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 Benefits, a partial list…

Uses - Ingested
  • Helps to relieve:
    • Arthritis.
    • Itching including inching from allergies.
    • Digestive issues.
    • During detox allergy treatment to cleanse the blood.
    • Endocrine issues.
    • Inflammation.
    • Liver detox and conditions.
    • Pain relief.
    • Respiratory issues such as colds as licorice soothes mucous membranes.
    • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).

Uses – Topical
  • Use licorice tea, salve or oil for…
    • Flea-bite allergies.
    • Dermatitis (contact type).
    • Eczema.
    • Psoriasis.
    • And other skin disorders.
  • The anti-arthritic actions of licorice is comparable to that of hydrocortisone – the difference is that licorice does not suppress the immune system – hydrocortisone does.
  • Licorice does not interfere with corticosteroid drugs therefore licorice can be used as a supportive adjunct as it has a strengthening effect which allows for lower doses of corticosteroids. This is important for dogs in long-term therapies as the serious debilitating side effects of steroid drugs may be mitigated by taking lower doses. Licorice can also be used to wean the dog off of steroids safely.

Preparation, Dosage, Duration and Adjustments
  • Licorice is naturally sweet and has a flavor that most dogs enjoy;
  • You can use licorice to mask the less favored taste of other herbs that your dog may need to ingest but not like the taste of;
  • Use a low-alcohol or no alcohol licorice root extract tincture.
    If you must use for more than two weeks make sure that you add dandelion to the diet so that increased potassium requirement is met and elimination of excess sodium is enabled.

    3.0 Cautions
    • Use in moderation for pregnant or lactating dog or cat.

    4.0 Side effects…
    • As noted further above.

    5.0 Drug Interactions…
    • Licorice may interfere with blood thinning drugs.
    • Medications changed by the liver.
    • Medications for high blood pressure.
    • Diuretic drugs.

    6.0 General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake
    Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog's or Cat's Weight
         Weight
    Dry Powders


    Teas
    Capsules/Tablets
    Tincture
    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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