Astralagus for Cats
A better solution than echinacea for prolonged treatment, long term care. Immune function enhancer, upper respiratory, improves kidney function, treats diabetes (lowers blood glucose) and hyperthyroidism (in cats only).
Echinacea can be used for upper respiratory for up to 14 days, then should be stopped and astralagus used for longer term.
cats 2g to 3g daily (200 – 300 mg) (per https://ivcjournal.com/immunotonic-herbs)
Will be trying for Pinky as of tomorrow (as soon as the Amazon man comes with the delivery 🙂
Started Pinky on 1/2 capsule mixed with water in a syringe – administed in a divided dose twice a day. She did seem to be feeling better after the first dose, but it could also be that today was the 2nd day of being out of the front bedroom and spending the entire day in the MBR which is a lot warmer and a lot less isolating. At night she comes back to the front bedroom with me. But I hope its already helping her. About and hour or 2 after her dose, she seemed more interactive and ate really well (almost 1/2 can of fancy feast pate in one go – thats a lot for her!
Just found this additional info on Astralagus:
One of the key uses for Astragalus is to improve immune function. Astragalus also has antiviral properties. I have found it very useful for dogs and cats that have a compromised immune system. It is very useful for animals that have suffered an illness or may be recovering from surgery or injury.
Astragalus is often used in conjunction with other herbs to strengthen the body against disease. For humans it can be taken regularly as a preventative during cold and flu season.
Astragalus may help protect the body from disease as it contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage caused by free radicals.
Astragalus has antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The root of the Astragalus is the part that is used for healing purposes.
Astragulus can be used as an extract or a powder and can be found all health food stores.
I use Astragulus as part of our Emune-Boost Supplement formula for dogs and cats.
Milk Thistle has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years. It is primarily used for liver and gallbladder disorders. Milk Thistle’s active component is called silymarin. Silymarin is extracted from the seeds of Milk Thistle.
Milk Thistle protects and regenerates the liver. It is one of the best examples of herbal preventative medicine that we have today, as it not only protects each cell of the liver from incoming toxins, but also simultaneously encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, drugs, medications, mercury and heavy metals, pesticides, and environmental toxins. That is why it often used as a “liver cleanse”. Milk thistle can be helpful and restorative for dogs and cats that have been on medication or have suffered from illness or any stress to the liver.
Protecting The Liver
As the liver is the major organ of filtration in the body, using milk thistle for dogs or cats who have been eating a commercial pet food diet can assist the liver in eliminating the toxic preservatives contained in these foods.
One of the special qualities of Milk Thistle is that it cleanses and detoxifies a liver that is working too hard by strengthening and tonifying this most important organ.
Milk thistle can be given as a liquid extract or as a powder and is available in all natural health food stores.