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GoudasMom 09-14-2014 08:37 PM

Astragalus - Blog Post
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) or Huang Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a popular tonic herb. Grown in various regions in China, Japan and Korea, with the most medicinally potent variety hailing from northern China.
Astragalus is often used for dogs, cats, horses and even aquarium fish.
The roots of mature plants (3+ years old) are used to treat a variety of conditions such as suppressed immune function from various cancer treatments, Cancer, Kennel Cough (Bortetella bronchiseptica), Bladder infection, Urinary Tract Infection, Hyperthyroidism in cats and Hypothyroidism in dogs, Demodex Mange, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, Liver disease, heart disease, horses suffering from the effects of a suppressed immune system caused by Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPA), chronic immune problems, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV) , Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Cushing's Disease, and bacterial and viral infections in aquarium fish, just to name a few.
Astragalus has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, making it one of my first choices for the treatment and prevention of numerous pet infections. Containing antioxidants (protects cell from damage), Astragalus helps the body reduce the damage done by free radicals. It also contains an alkaloid called Swainsonine which has been shown to stop the spread of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. The components in Astragalus do not attack cancer cell directly, they work to enhance the body's own natural immune defenses to fight against the development of cancer.
My own experience with Astragalus comes from helping my Boxer Gouda fight a rare type of Lymphoma cancer called Cutaneous Epitheliotropic T Cell Lymphoma (mycosis fungoides). She was given Astragalus daily along with other herbs and supplements as a holistic approach to treating her cancer. I was blessed to have her live longer than her Vet and even her Oncologist believed she would. With traditional treatments (chemotherapy and steroids), Gouda was given 18 months to live. When chemo failed and damaged her liver severely, I went with non-traditional treatments and she lived 3 years 3 months post diagnosis almost unheard of with Cutaneous Epetheliotropic T Cell Lymphoma. It's one of the first herbs I would recommend to anyone dealing with cancer in their pet.
You can purchase Astragalus Root in many different forms such as sliced, shredded, powder, tincture and capsule/tablet. Make sure to buy from a reputable source and buy only organic products ensuring there are no unwanted chemicals and other potential contaminants. Also make sure to use only Astragalus membranaceus.
The dosage is dependent on the form you choose. Since most people like the convenience of capsule or tablet form that is what I will focus on. Most labels include suggested dosages with one problem, the dosage suggestions are for humans. There really is no definitive formula for converting human to animal dosages, only a general guideline. Since most dosages for humans are based on an average weight of 150 lbs, first off you need to know your pets weight. For instance if your dog weighs 50 lbs and the labels reads “Give 3 capsules twice daily” you would give 1 capsule two times daily. If your dog weighs 25 lbs you would give of a capsule twice daily etc. Remember this is a general guideline and adjustments either way may be needed.
Herbs, while taking longer to work (usually 30 days before any noticeable change occurs) they also are easier on the animals body and provide long term health benefits.
Astragalus is considered a category 1 or “safe” food herb. Animals with an overactive immune system or autoimmune disease should use Astragalus only under the guidance of a Holistic veterinarian.

Posts marked "Blog Post" in the title are posts I wrote for another website.

Gypsiemouse 09-15-2014 08:47 AM

Nice post Sue, I have used astragalus root for M & M

moskia 09-15-2014 11:43 AM

Where did you first hear of Astragalus as an alternative therapy?

GoudasMom 09-15-2014 02:36 PM

I heard about it when my Gouda got cancer and started researching various herbs and a holistic approach to treating her cancer

piratekitty 09-16-2014 10:55 PM

I'm really enjoying your post, great information. Learning a lot of great information.:discuss:

yrichard 09-20-2014 10:21 PM

Great post. Thanks.

BellaLuv 09-20-2014 11:28 PM

I personally take astragalus myself every fall to prevent the flu and though I haven't given it to Bella I've had great results with it from a human perspective lol!

Luv4King3 09-26-2014 04:18 PM

I will be looking into this more immediately for my boxer King. He's 6 and was just diagnosed with stage 3b lymphoma.

GoudasMom 09-27-2014 12:01 AM

Astragalus was the one herb I started Gouda on when she had cancer and she took it for the rest of her life. Im sorry about your King.

What are you feeding him currently?


Originally Posted by Luv4King3 (Post 1646769)
I will be looking into this more immediately for my boxer King. He's 6 and was just diagnosed with stage 3b lymphoma.

Luv4King3 09-27-2014 12:10 AM


Originally Posted by GoudasMom (Post 1646897)
Astragalus was the one herb I started Gouda on when she had cancer and she took it for the rest of her life. Im sorry about your King.

What are you feeding him currently?

Thank you, you and Gouda's story is very encouraging. Before his diagnosis he was eating chicken & rice Purina dry food. He stopped eating about two days before our several diagnostic test and ultrasound, which I then switched to boiled chicken breast and brown rice. The oncologist assistant told me that dogs systems don't digest brown rice well so yesterday I bought white, until this morning doing more research of my own finding the cancer feeds off of carbs. So I tossed that immediately, so right now just boiled chicken. I was just looking up options for a hollistic dry or wet food for him to be on in between me cooking for him. I'm open to any feedback you have and what foods/diet worked well for Gouda!

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