Ayurveda has described treatments for both humans and animals. Ayurveda in veterinary medicine focuses on animal welfare, treatment, disease management and surgery. Animals, like humans deserve the physical and mental fitness. There is no any other better option than herbs for the care of pets.
Most Ayurvedic principles that apply to humans apply to pets as well.
Ayurvedic Herbs that are Useful for Animals
1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is a Rasayana herb which increases energy, overall health as well as longevity. The word Ashwagandha means ‘to impart the strength of a horse.” The key constituents of Ashwagandha play an important role in imparting physical strength to the animals. Animals will enjoy a high quality of life through this herb. This herb is of great use for hyperactive pets as ashwagandha has a calming effect.
Triphala is a Rasayana which is a blend of three fruits: Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). It has a gentle laxative action, rich in anti-oxidants, immune-supportive and rich in Vitamin C. It keeps the gastro-intestinal tract of animals healthy. Triphala deals with the digestive issues in animals. It can be used as a daily health supplement to promote good digestion and to tone the digestive tract. Triphala also bolsters the digestive tract and keep the animals nourished and healthy.
3. Kakamachi (Solanum nigrum)
Kakamachi is commonly known as ‘Night Shade’ plant. This plant helps the animals by keeping their liver healthy. It maintains the health and vitality of one of the major vital organs. It stimulates appetite and detoxifies the liver. It is a wonderful herb that is useful in liver cirrhosis. This herb also possesses diuretic laxative and anti-septic properties. Kakamachi can be given along with the treatment of hepatitis or parvovirus in animals.
4. Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
Guduchi is a well-known herb which is famous for various health benefits. It is high in anti-oxidants and improves the immunity of dogs and cats and shield them against infections such as recurring parasitic or skin infections. It can also be given before or after vaccination in animals as it promotes better immune response. In case of infections, guduchi can be used as a follow-up therapy along with antibiotics.
5. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
There is a wide range of anxiety disorders found in animals. Brahmi is helpful for animals as it is used for treating aggression, restlessness and behaviour modification. During training programs of animals, it is highly beneficial as it enhances memory. Travel anxiety is commonly seen in animals which can be a traumatic experiencing in many pets. Symptoms of travel anxiety include vomiting, scratching, howling etc. Brahmi is generally used as a tonic for mental health.
6. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice is used to treat inflammation in dogs and cats. It is commonly used for inflammatory conditions, skin disorders, treating ulcers as it promotes healing. It also lowers stomach acid levels, relieves heartburn and can also be used for inflammation, irritation and spasm in the gastrointestinal tract. It reduces cramping, flatulence, dyspepsia (indigestion), reflux, pain and spasms.
7. Sahadevi (Vernonia cinerea)
Kidney disorders are more commonly found in cats but they can occur in dogs as well. Kidney disorders include urinary tract infections, inflammation of the urethra, formation of stones etc. This herb is useful in the treatment of kidney diseases and burning micturition in cats and dogs. It is also useful in preventing and dissolving stones in the bladder and kidneys.
8. Mukta Shukti
Mukta shukti is an Ayurvedic herbo-mineral compound which is derived from oyster shell. If there is no calcium in the body, then body will start taking it from the bones. Mukta Shukti is a natural calcium and phosphorus supplement that strengthens the density of bones. Phosphorus plays an important role in synthesising proteins. This compound gets absorbed quickly in the body. In puppies and kittens, it ensures the development of bones and in adult animals, it helps to maintain strong bones and teeth.
Care must be taken with dose and other requirements. Seek your expert’s guidance always!
This article is not a substitute to the standard Medical Diagnosis or personalized Ayurvedic Treatment! It is intended only for Information!
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