Toxins from processed food, treats, water, air, household cleans, lawn fertilizer and weed killers. etc can build up in our pet companions over time. Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter are the perfect time to consider cleansing your pet’s body from the inside out. Here are five useful cleansing herbs that have been used for centuries and have worked in our nutraceutical formulations for years.
Burdock is fantastic for cleansing the skin and for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects. The root contains cleansing constituents which include a crystalline glucoside lappin, flavonol quercetin, esstential oils and tannic acid.What are the benefits?Improves skin conditions and coat texture.How does it work? The first method of action is on the excretory system. By stimulating the release of toxins from the body, it cleanses the blood of impurities and facilitates toxin elimination through the skin. The second method of action is directly on the skin. It acts specifically on the body’s largest organ to speed the healing of the skin. How to use it? Burdock comes in many forms including capsules, dried herbs, liquid extracts, teas and tinctures. It is mainly taken internally, although if the skin is unbroken, a topical treatment may be applied by soaking a cloth in the tincture or tea.
Warning: Burdock may interact with medications for diabetes. Burdock should not be given to pregnant or nursing dogs.
Nettles leaves and stems contain active ingredients including formic acid and histamines. What are the benefits? This herb has been used to treat arthritis and allergy symtoms.How does it work? Nettle has varying methods of action. The histamine in the plant works to decrease inflammation which can help arthritis and the symptoms of allergies.How to use it? Nettle is widely available as tinctures, capsules, extracts and dried herbs.
Warning: Nettle should not be given to pregnant dogs or cats. It may also interact with NSAIDs.
Psyllium is taken in the form of husks derived from the seed of this shrublike herb. Each plant may contain up to 15,000 gel-coated seeds, each encased in the husk where its cleansing ability is contained. What are the benefits? Psyllium husk is taken internally and acts directly by absorbing toxins in the large intestine. It can also relieve constipation and diarrhea.How does it work? When psyllium contacts water, it swells and sticks together to help move waste products through the intestines. How to use it? Mix 1/4 to 1 tsp. psyllium seeds with a cup of water and mix with your dog’s food. Start with smaller doses and work your way up.
Warning: Psyllium interacts with many drugs and may be contraindicated for dogs with kidney disease.
Dandelion Root is widely available in most health food stores.What are the benefits?Major clinical studies have shown that dandelion root improves the liver, gallbladder and over all intestinal system. How does it work? This natural diuretic helps the kidneys excrete water and salt. Dandelion also contains potassium. How to use it?Dandelion root can be used as a dried herb mixed into your pet's home made food.
Warning: Because dandelion is a diuretic, it may interfere with some drugs.
Milk thistle seed contains flavonoid silymarin. What are the benefits? Slymarin is helpful for the repair of damaged liver cells and may offer protection for newly regenerated liver cells.How does it work? This herb is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Silymarin helps to prevent liver cell damage by toxins and it also encourages liver cells to create more bile. This increase in bile aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. How to use it?Milk thistle can be used as a dried herb or tincture.
Dandelion is a great cleansing herb that supports liver function, stimulating bile production and flow. It is also a gentle diuretic and encourages waste excretion. Blessed thistle also supports liver function and encourages waste excretion. Burdock is one of the foremost detoxifying herbs of the Eastern and the Western traditions; it is used to cool and cleanse toxic accumulations from the bod. Along with red clover, improves skin quality (rashes, hot spots and other chronic skin problems). Fenugreek soothes and cleanses. Kelp is a nutritive food for the blood, a wonderful source of trace elements, and binds heavy metals in the GI tract preventing their absorption. Kelp has the added bonus of soothing the gastrointestinal tract.
Warning: This herb may interact with some drugs and hormone-related cancers. It should not be taken by pregnant or nursing pets.
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