Holistic medicine for dogs

When trying to determine what herbs and are and if they are right for you, take these concepts into consideration.
The reason herbology has such a long, rich and illustrious history is due to the overwhelming benefits derived from these plants when used properly. Herbs have been known to promote healing at all levels within the body, from the common cold, to a seemingly hopeless case. Adaptogenic herbs are a classification of herbs that are time honored, well studied and considered safe to take on a daily basis. The herb must support multiple body systems (some support all), and helps those systems to balance in times of need. Adaptogenic herbs are  amazing for balancing stress responses, building the immune system, strengthening specific body systems and the body as a whole, balancing the endocrine system and hormone levels, and restoring overall balance and vitality within each person. Yes, but there are many reasons to consult with an experienced herbalist, naturopath or homeopath. Finally, there are many reasons not to take specific herbs and when it is absolutely critical to consult a professional. So you can clearly see there are many instances in which you should consult a trained professional herbalist or naturopath. When using a blend, formula or combination the herbs have a synergistic effect on your health.
As we age and our stomach acid, enzyme production and bile production seem to drop, this can affect absorption rates as well.
In general, herbs are best taken on empty stomach, 30 minutes before a meal or about 2 hours after a meal. Not only do we have the great natural healers and herbalists of the past, but we have current mind blowing scientific research as to the safety, effectiveness and benefits of thousands of herbs. You can take any well known herbs such as ginger, cayenne pepper or garlic and find literally hundreds, if not thousands of studies by well known universities, research institutes and medical professionals. Potentially harmful compounds found in certain herbs are cardiac glycosides and specific alkaloids.
Liver protecting herbs such as milk thistle, turmeric, artichoke leaf, and licorice root can be used to protect the liver from the effects of liver damaging herbs. About the AuthorDogs Naturally MagazineDogs Naturally Magazine is the world's best resource for natural canine health care!
Copyright 2016 Dogs Naturally Magazine Inc.The information in this website is not intended to replace veterinary care. This incredible herb is also a galactagogue which means it can help a mother’s mammary glands release milk. In rats, milk thistle has been shown to improve damage to the pancreas so it may help those pets with pancreatitis. Denamarin represents the current tendency toward the pharmaceuticalization of herbal and nutritional supplements.
In fact, there are many compounds within the milk thistle plant that work together to benefit the body.
This entry was posted in General Pet Health, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Health, Holistic Medicine and tagged cat, dog, herbal, herbs, holistic, Holistic Health, holistic veterinarian, Integrative, Milk Thistle, pet on June 3, 2014 by Dr. Our 15 year old poodle mix has had an elevated ALT the last 4 blood tests we’ve run (every 6 months). If I should make a change, I’ll be at the health food store the moment it opens in the morning!!! When giving monthly Heartworm medication (ivermectin) do you start the 7 days of milk thistle on the same day? I have had cases where milk thistle seemed to do a better job of helping the liver than Denamarin.
Is it safe to give my dog white willow bark for pain management, while she is taking milk thistle?
Would you recommend the same course – starting 3 days before giving flea and tick medications and continuing for 7 days after – as you do for heartworm medications?
Would you happen to know if there is an wholistic approach to treating the liver other than the S-Ame?
With the BodyLab app and a wild imagination, you can pretend you’re working out with JLo. Keilynn Hopkins has been a nurse in New Jersey since 1998 and is now a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and adjunct professor of undergraduate nursing. A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows consumers to deduct pre-tax dollars from their paychecks and deposit those funds in employer-sponsored accounts to pay for medical expenses. One of the best things you can do for yourself health-wise is to make your own healthy veggie green drinks and vegetable juices from a mixture of fresh organic vegetables and sprouts…and drink a glass every day. Fresh, organic vegetable juices will help restore the kidneys to proper functioning; reduce uric acid buildup, remove toxins that may be involved in the formation of kidney stones, strengthen your heart, control your blood pressure, and promote all around good health. Ideally, use a power vegetable juicer, available at many health food stores or in stores that carry small appliances.
If using a vegetable juicer, place the veggies one by one into the machine and use as directed by the manufacturer. If using a blender, place the heavier veggies like the carrot and pepper in the blender with a mall amount of clean water, not from the tap. Ceremonialize your time making and drinking your special health elixir with a special glass or mug you use only for this purpose. Permission is granted to copy the title and first one hundred words with the provision that the author's name be included and a link to the original article be added. JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. The information included on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease.
What we refer to as common spices such as parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, mint, marjoram, and turmeric, are extremely beneficial herbs that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Herbs, plants and trees were all that mankind had available to him to overcome sickness and disease. Dioscorides in the first century BC wrote a book including a compilation of over 600 herbs which would be used in teachings for hundreds of years and into the present day. Many herbalists and natural healers firmly believe that any and all imbalances within the body can be overcome if the body is given the proper resources in which to do so. A partial list of these incredible herbs include Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Reishi, Cordyceps, Schisandra, Goji, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Licorice Root, American Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, Rhodiola, Jiaogulan, Maca, Deer Velvet Antler, Hawthorn, Chaga, Shilajit, Holy Basil, Elderberry and Fo-Ti. If you are pregnant or nursing, there are very few herbs that you can take safely, know which ones are safe and which to avoid. The solvent used traditionally has been grain alcohol, however one can also use vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar. We know from thousands of years of research in herbalism that many herb combinations work better when combined. In these cases, it may be better to stick with herbal teas and liquid tinctures for maximum benefit.
This is not the case with all herbs and it is best to follow the recommendations listed on the bottle or package for best results. It is unfortunate that so much of this information has been suppressed over the last century, but if you look through the history books you will discover a wealth of information and studies on the subject. How about herbs that we may not have heard of such as Jiaogulan, Ginseng, Rhodiola or Reishi Mushroom?
Because they grow in their natural environment they can be stronger and more resilient, having to fight the elements and grow using what mother nature provides naturally.

This can cause a potential problem if a dangerous drug or herb is being taken on a schedule. Yucca root, schisandra berries, licorice root, alfalfa, ginger, cayenne, dandelion leaf, and juniper berries are examples of herbs that enhance absorption, and effectiveness of other herbs. For instance a pregnant women can use smooth muscle relaxants such as red raspberry leaf or cramp bark. Though many herbs considered toxic to the liver, such as comfrey, were found in some studies to only be harmful to the liver when taken in a fresh form.
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However the purpose of Dogs Naturally is to show you how important it is to work with a holistic vet. That means that this amazing herb can protect the liver from toxic damage from medications and chemicals as well as damage from viruses and bacteria. It reduces oxidative damage to kidney cells so it may be helpful for pets experiencing kidney problems. In fact, the drug Denamarin contains a chemically altered form of silimarin as well as other ingredients.
You see, there is no money in herbs for pharmaceutical companies because you cannot patent a truly natural substance.
I have had cases of liver disease in dogs that did not improve after months on Denamarin but did improve when switched to milk thistle. My question is not related to the subject on your post but I am hoping you may be able to answer it. It should be fine to give Milk Thistle with anti-nausea meds and I would suggest giving it for 2-4 weeks. She is recovering from her respiratory illness and I think is surviving the distemper virus, thanks to our vet and the treatment being given.
I cannot begin to tell you how many drugs I’ve bought over the course of 2 years to give for three days then have to stop as direction from the vet. Depending on the vegetables you include in your green drink, you will detox your organs and alkalize your blood, creating a strong internal environment that will eradicate acidosis and protect you from various diseases, returning your body to balance and good health.
Not only are veggie green drinks good for you, they’re also tasty and refreshing, helping to energize you throughout the day. Soak them in a sink full of filtered water and a cup of organic apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes to remove dirt and wax. Remember to leave the skins and peels on because that’s where many of the nutrients are located. Blend slightly and as you continue to blend add other vegetables and more water a bit at a time to your green drink until it is the consistency you like. Chill the glass before serving and make a ritual of taking some time for yourself when you drink, even if it’s only a few minutes for relaxation. Bardot retired from a 25-year natural healthcare practice caring for both people and animals.
JB Bardot does not provide personal consultations, treatments or suggestions for individuals regarding dosing or experiencing any health conditions or diseases.
We need to look beyond their great taste in cooking, and rediscover their health-benefiting virtues. It was because of the teachings of Hippocrates that doctors today take the Hippocatic Oath, which has unfortunately been somewhat lost over the course of time. Herbs have been used for nutrition, healing and strengthening the body in all cultures on every corner of the globe. Depending on the severity of the issue, this can include a combination of healing throughout the mind, body and soul of each individual. Let’s first discuss the general safety of herbs and I will then give you a list of reasons why you should consult a professional. We must take great care to protect the integrity of herbalism so that these methods are used only to benefit mankind and never to harm, as was told to us by Hippocrates. It is has a lot do with how the herbs are treated throughout the process of harvesting, manufacturing and packaging. Unless you are well educated or under the care of a trained herbalist or naturopath, people can tend to overdo just about anything.
When trying to target a specific organ or body system, herbs can work together to accomplish healing at a higher energetic level than a single herb can do alone. Boil the water first, then add one tablespoon of fresh herb or one teaspoon of dried herb to one cup and remove from heat source. This is not always the case as herbs are heated, treated, processed and generally denatured. Just as pharmaceuticals can interact with other pharmaceuticals, they can also interact with herbs. If taking the herbs on empty stomach causes any stomach discomfort, try taking with food or discontinue use and consult a professional herbalist or naturopath. We know every ancient culture and civilization had their own natural healers who utilized many of the same methods we use today. If intelligently harvested, they can be found deep within a forest or meadow, far from pollution and other environmental hazards.
Some of the better known herbs with the potential to cause serious harm include foxglove, belladonna, arnica, oleander, jimson weed, poke root, and lobelia. This is beneficial for certain people with heart problems such as congestive heart failure. Herbs containing cardiac glycosides include foxglove, belladonna, henbane, oleander, lily of the valley, and night blooming cereus (cactus grandiflorus). Just as pharmaceutical drugs can interact with pharmaceutical drugs, herbs can interact with pharmaceutical drugs, or with other herbs. Drug levels in the blood will not have dropped as low as they would have normally before the next dose is taken. Examples of these types of drugs include cholesterol lowering drugs, the pain killers ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), and the hair growing drug minoxidil (Rogaine). Though keep in mind that increased absorption can mean a potential for increased toxicity of certain herbs. This is especially dangerous in the later stages of pregnancy when the risk of serious bleeding by the mother is greater.
High potassium herbs such as dandelion root can reduce the potassium depletion created by licorice root, barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape root. However, garlic contains sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs when fed in large amounts.
Think of using this herb for the treatment of gallstone sludge that can sometimes gum up the gallbladder. Thus, it can protect the body from dangerous oxidative free radicals which can build up in an animal’s system from normal wear and tear on the body as well as physical or emotional stress.
Think of milk thistle when your pet needs to detox from exposure to any kind of poison, pollutant, or contaminant.
But, if you mess with nature by extracting the “active ingredient” and modify it slightly, now you can get rich off it. We put her on Super Integrative Milk Thistle with Dandelion and the last blood work showed it had dropped 11 points and is now only 11 points above normal!! We’ve recently noticed that her liver seems to be enlarged, will milk thistle help solve this? He weighs approximately 58 pounds and has histiocytic sarcoma which is a very aggressive cancer.

Veggie juices made with a slow juicer keep their nutrients and enzymes longer and can be stored in the refrigerator for about 24 hours, unlike fresh juices made with a high speed centrifugal juicer. This version makes a more robust vegetable juice texture-wise and either version is wonderfully healthy. Also, please consider that although you have used ginger, garlic or oregano in your daily life and have never potentially heard of jiaogulan, reishi, cat’s claw or astragalus does not mean that we should shy away from them. Although the practice has been somewhat discouraged over the last century, at least in the United States, the practice will never disappear due to its overwhelming benefits, safety and efficacy.
Our advancement in technology can provide a timely diagnosis and often saves lives, no question about it, but we should have the choice to decide how to care for ourselves.
Many believe that alcohol is the only way to extract the critical constituents from certain herbs, but the patented and registered TincTract method used on our formulas has been tested to show that it is not only possible, but better. Unless you are using exclusively nutritive or adaptogenic herbs, it is best to ask someone who knows. Also, this allows a trained formulist to strategically put stronger herbs in a formula that can stimulate healing without any negative effects because the other herbs in the formula offset the stronger herb. Infusions are never boiled so as not to destroy the properties of the herb, namely the volatile oils. That is why all the products found on this website are raw, unheated and unprocessed in any way for maximum absorption and efficacy. As a precautionary measure, always take herbs a minimum of 90 minutes to 2 hours, before or after prescription medications. For people today to say that herbs are unproven, unstudied or lack scientific validation is well, complete nonsense.
These need to be used in safe homeopathic doses, under the care of a very experienced herbalist, or just avoided completely.
On the other hand cardiac glycosides can create a serious drop in blood pressure leading to a stroke or stoppage of the heart.
Jimson weed is used rarely as a medicinal herb, and unfortunately sometimes as a recreational drug. Taking these herbs with any of these medications can increase the risk for serious liver damage. It is still recommended that when using herbs that are potentially harmful to the liver, you should combine them with liver protecting herbs.
It can also be used a few days after chemotherapy treatments to decrease dangerous side effects. I was using homeopathic drops which did help but I ran out and noticed she didn’t start leaking again.
Although it is hard to justify doing a liver biopsy on an animal that appears to be healthy, it is better than waiting until she is sick.
The lomustine has really made a difference in his quality of life, but I don’t want to do so much damage to his liver. I have another dog that has put me in a position to spend numerous amount of money since sept 2013 as well with two torn ACLs and mast cell tumors. Certain juicers are better at juicing different types of vegetables and fruits, such as wheatgrass versus root veggies, for example. Remember to remove seeds, stems and other tough fibers and skins before placing vegetables in the blender. Instead, we need to educate ourselves as to why these herbs are so important to other cultures, yet new to us, and how we might be able to incorporate them to our daily lives. In fact, herbology has grown tremendously in the last few years thanks to new scientific research validating what many herbalists and practitioners have known for literally 5,000 years!
It is the treatment options available after we discover an ailment where we need to think wisely. Although alcohol is the traditional method of choice, we feel it severely denatures many of the important plant ingredients.
I almost always recommend the average consumer stick to formulas created by an experienced formulator. There are different methods for preparing herbal teas so we will quickly go over herbal infusions and decoctions.
This plant contains three very dangerous alkaloids known as scopolamine, atropine, and hyocyamine.
Herbs can be used to prolong the effects, or enhance the absorption, of pharmaceutical drugs or other herbs. Yerba mate is traditionally combined with the pau d’ arco to provide the sulfur compounds. Poke root is a fantastic immune stimulant, antiviral, and lymphatic cleanser, though it can also be poisonous in relatively small doses. Since milk thistle affects how the liver deals with drugs, it should not be used at the same time as some drugs as it may expel the medicine before it has its desired effect. Last April 17th, I had an emergency where he developed an enlarged heart with fluid in the pericardial sac and a faulty mitral valve.
Just a small amount of a different vegetable or fruit can make the difference between liking or not liking the taste of a veggie green drink. Many people choose natural herbal therapies because they are safe, there are rarely side effects, they are affordable, and as mentioned early, THEY WORK!
Even though alkaloids have the potential to be dangerous, they can also be very beneficial. Do you feel milk thistle would be a better choice, and if so, what would be the best brand and correct dosage (daily amount?)? In the absence of a power juicer, make a veggie green drink in the blender, but expect the consistency to be more like a smoothie than a juice. How does Milk Thistle know to heal the liver when taken, or Juniper Berries to heal the kidneys? Many people do not realize the third leading cause of death in the United States after Cancer and Heart Disease is doctors and properly prescribed medications. Alkaloids are the most common active compound in herbs, and the basis for nearly every pharmaceutical drug in existence. Percentages of toxic herbs can be adjusted to compensate for their enhanced absorption to reduce the possibility of poisoning. The chemo is in pill form every 3 -4 weeks (skipped last one due to liver values which have come down, but are still too high).
Another example of a danger from mixing herbs can be seen with a mixture of lobelia with ginger. Though ginger suppresses the vomit centers in the brain better than drugs such as Dramamine. If the ginger prevents the vomiting up of the lobelia, the lobelia can relax the lungs to the point where it could become dangerous. While non-toxic to humans and animals, this powder is lethal to ticks and fleas.Use Several All Natural Tick Prevention Products TogetherWhen looking at the all natural tick prevention products, keep in mind that these products will be most effective if used in combination with each other.
As mentioned we would reduce the prednisone each time however I would be back at the ER to have fluid removed. He’s bee getting one a day since then and wants to eat everything still which is good but I was wondering if Denamarin would be the best for the liver and pancreas.

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