We can apply the energetics of Ayurveda specifically
to our companion animals. Many of the familiar
herbs that we can use for our own health can also be
shared with the four-legged animals who share our
lives and homes.
The following herbs can be used for pets:
Ashwagandha has been used since ancient times to
promote health and longevity. Its active principles
(alkaloids and withanoloides) are similar to those of
ginseng, and like ginseng, it is revered for its anti-aging properties. Ashwagandha is used to enhance
the immune system and treat anemia, inflammation,
bacterial infection, and diarrhea. Clinical research
shows that ashwagandha helps relieve general aches
and pains and research reveals ashwagandha has
anti-inflammatory, diuretic, sedative, antibacterial,
and anti-fungal activity. It also has anti-tumorigenic
uses in animals. Ashwagandha contains high levels
of iron and free amino acids glycine, valine, tyrosine,
proline, and alanine. This herb has been shown to be
safe for long-term use.
Dosage: 500 mg- 1500 mg twice daily for dogs
and 200 – 500 mg twice daily for cats.
Amla (Emblica officinalis), also known as Indian gooseberry, is one
of the richest sources of bioflavonoids and Vitamin C. Native to
India, this plum-sized fruit is revered for its anti-aging and immune
system-enhancing properties. Each fruit contains up to 700 mg of
Vitamin C. This natural ascorbate is synergistically enhanced by
the rich bioflavonoids and polyphenols. Research has shown that
the potency of the 8. 7 mg of natural Vitamin C complex in amla is
equivalent to 100 mg of the most commonly used synthetic Vitamin
C. The natural ellagic and gallic acids in amla protect the Vitamin C
from oxidation and increase its potency. In Ayurveda, it is particu-
larly indicated for anemia, asthma, bleeding gums, diabetes, colds,
chronic lung disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, yeast infections,
and cancer. It increases lean body mass, accelerates the repair and
regeneration of connective tissue, and enhances interferon and
corticosteroid production. Amla also acts as an antacid and anti-
tumorigenic agent. It increases protein synthesis and is thus useful
in cases of hypoglycemia. Amla is more beneficial than was previ-
Dosage: 500 – 1000 mg every 12 hours for dogs
and 100 – 250 mg for every 12 hours for cats.
Boswellia serrata, a centuries-old botanical remedy, has recently
been hailed by modern scientific research for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Boswellia shrinks inflamed tissue by improving the blood supply to the affected area and enhances repair of
damaged blood vessels. Boswellic acid blocks synthesis of proin-flammatory 5-lipoxygenase products including 5-HETE and LTB4,
reducing fever and pain, and inhibiting inflammatory diseases.
Both clinical and experimental trials indicate that Boswellia serrata
produces none of the side effects (gastric irritation, ulcers, and negative effects on heart rate and blood pressure) associated with most
anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic drugs.
Dosage: 500 – 1000 every 12 hours for dogs
and 75 – 150 mg liquid every 12 hours for cats.
CARING FOR PETS
NATURA L LY
Ayurveda for Companion Animals
BY DR. TEJINDER SODHI
YOGA TEACHER KATHRYN BUDIG IS THE FOUNDER OF POSES FOR PAWS, AN INITIATIVE
TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR ANIMALS IN NEED. SHE IS A COMPANION TO ASHI
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