Bacopa monniera (also known as brahmi
which, in Sanskrit, means Creator) is a small
creeping herb commonly growing in marshy
areas throughout India up to 2,000 feet
above sea level. In Ayurveda, it is astringent,
bitter, cooling, and is well-known as a brain
tonic that improves the intellect. It is used for
the treatment of respiratory diseases such as
asthma as well as other diseases such as epilepsy, seizure disorders, anxiety, and cognitive dysfunction.
Dosage: Give with food. For dogs, up to
250 mg a day, for cats up to100 mg a day.
TURMERIC (CURCUMA LONGA)
Turmeric can be used as a fresh or a powdered
dry rhizome (root). It is believed to possess
great healing powers; a common practice is
to give Curcuma longa after trauma or an accident to the person even before seeking any
medical help. It works on all tissues, but has
great activity on digestive, circulatory, and
respiratory systems. Turmeric is a very strong
anti-inflammatory (even more potent than
phenylbutazone and other NSAIDS) in cases
of bruises and arthritis. It provides excellent
hepatoprotection against liver stagnation and
cholestasis. It purifies blood, relieves stagnation, and is believed to be a free radical scavenger and a potent anti-neoplastic agent. It has
good anti-microbial activity without any side
effects. Turmeric has been known to reduce
the side effects of chemotherapy. It is believed
to inhibit inflammation by inhibiting cycloox-ygenase and lipoxygenase pathways. Hence it
can be beneficial in IBD, liver problems, arthritis, respiratory problems, and inflammatory conditions.
Dosage: Curcumin can be mixed with soft
food or can be added to home cooking. Its
taste is mild but it colors the food. Whole turmeric can be given at a dosage of ½ to 1 tsp
to dogs, and ¼ of a tsp twice daily to cats.
Turmeric’s active alkaloid curcumin can be
given to dogs in the dosage of 250 mg every
12 hours and 100 mg every 12 hours in cats.
Before instituting any diet or herbal supple-mentation, seek professional help from your
In your pets’ diets, avoid chocolate, onions,
grapes and raisins, since they are toxic to cats
Dr. Tejinder Sodhi combines his degree in veterinary science with
his certifications in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, and his knowledge of Ayurveda. He is the founding president
of Holistic Veterinarians in the state of Washington.