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Monday, January 3, 2011

Herbal Formulas

Horses are grass eaters and in nature they will forage for other nutrients such as wild herbs and flowers. In a confined environment with limited access to grazing your horse can benefit from herbal remedies designed to replace what they cannot get in nature.  I have put together a combination of helpful healing herbs that provide the nutrients needed for your horse to stay healthy.

Kidney Formula:  Barberry, Cornsilk, Dandelion, Marshmellow, Juniper, Nettle, Chamomile and Uva Ursi.  These herbs have a general tonic effect.  The kidneys are under constant stress and are responsible for filtering the blood.  A horse that is given bute on a routine basis can benefit from kidney support herbs.  Other symptoms that can benefit from these medicinal herbs are stocking up (fluid retention), joint problems, back soreness especially right behind the saddle, tight muscles, uptight attitude, sour when ridden and other kidney issues.

Liver Formula: Burdock, Rosehips, Milk Thistle, Oregon Grape, Chamomile, Dandelion and Barberry.  The liver is another way the body filters the toxins from the blood.  The liver plays a major role in the detoxification process.  When we chemical worm our horses, fly spray them with pesticides, tranquilize them, etc, we are introducing toxins into their system that overload the liver.  When your horse shows signs of laziness, has problems bending to the right, eyesight issues, skin issues, and exposed to chemicals such as pesticides, herbacides, preservatives, artificial flavors in feed etc, these herbs can help support a healthy liver function.

Hoof Formula: Butchers Broom, Comfrey, Dandelion, White Willow Bark, Yucca, Yarrow and Oregon Grape.  I designed this formula to help my horse Zeus eliminate toxins from his feet during his rehab.  These herbs help to strengthen hoof walls, dissolve calcium deposits, provide pain relief , increases circulation, and strengthen tendons and ligaments.

Joint Formula: Rosehips, Ginger, Burdock, Celery Seed, Uva Ursi, Yarrow, Yucca, White Willow Bark, Comfrey and Butchers Broom.   The joints of our horses take a beating with what we ask of them.  Supporting the joints safeguards them.  This formula is good for any joint issues, creaking or popping joints and inflammation.

Digestion Formula: Pumpkin Seed, Fenugreek, Cabbage, Marshmellow, Meadowsweet, Peppermint, Chamomile, Gotu Kola and Slippery Elm.  The digestive system is one of the most important systems in keeping your horse healthy and sound.  This formula helps to protect the hind gut and insure proper digestive functioning.  It is beneficial for horses who are prone to colic, have back soreness, girthy, and general digestive disorders.

Immune Formula: Barberry, Olive Leaf, Red Clover, Astragalus, Plaintain, Milk Thistle, Rosehips and Elderberry.   A healthy immune system filters at a cellular level the toxins that are introduced by vaccinations, chemical wormers, pesticides, food preservatives and antibiotics,etc.  In order to work efficiently, the liver, kidneys, blood, lymphatic system and skin all play a role in assisting this process of elimination.  If your horse exhibits fluid retention, lethargy, bacterial infections, fungal infections, yeast infections, sores that won't heal, lumps under the tail, high stress levels, and nasal discharge these herbs can help.

Anti-fungal Formula: Pau D'Arco, Barberry, Olive Leaf, Cinnamon, Lemongrass and Tumeric.  Fungal and yeast infections plague the modern domesticated horse.  Fungal infections can affect the lungs, digestive system, skin, hooves and many other areas of the horse's body.  Horses given antibiotics (read my post on overuse of antibiotics) can benefit from this formula.  Systemic fungal and yeast infections should be treated to assure complete healing of chronic hoof infections.  The herbs in this formula have potent anti- fungal and anti-bacterial properties, yet are gentle in their action. 

As a certified equine iridologist and herbalist, I have worked personally with these herbal formulas and have found them to be effective. There are many herbs that have similar healing properties.  I have chosen herbs that are complimentary and the horses love them.

Herbs work slowly but in most cases results can be seen within 3 months.  The recommended dosage is one teaspoon twice a day for the average size horse and up to one  tablespoon twice a day for larger horses 16h and above or for more chronic health issues.   All formulas are $60 per pound plus shipping.  To order contact me.

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