Ginseng: A great herbal supplement for humans and pets alike
Most of us have heard of Ginseng as a supplement for humans to treat a variety of health conditions, but did you know it is also beneficial for your pet’s wellbeing?
To get a complete picture of how Ginseng can treat your pet’s health, you first need to know what Ginseng is.
Ginseng is a root that has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. There are three distinct types of herbs that are all referred to as Ginseng such as Panax guinquefolius (American Ginseng), Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng), and Panax Ginseng (Korean or Asian Ginseng). Although Eleutherococcus senticosus herb is not Ginseng, the Russian researchers responsible for promoting it believe that it performs the same functions as Ginseng.
Ginseng is composed of various essential chemical compounds, but ginsenosides (a type of triterpenoid) play a crucial role in boosting the energy level, increasing stamina, and prolonging the life of your pet. The concentration of ginsenosides varies in various species of Ginseng.
Being a popular herbal supplement, Ginseng plays a vital role in improving cardiac blood flow, boosting the activity of adrenal glands, and reducing resting blood glucose levels. Furthermore, it is utilized as an adjunctive treatment for cardiovascular and circulatory issues, diabetes, and Addison’s disease, and it also acts as an energy, alertness, and memory booster. Another contributing feature of Ginseng is that it is involved in treating respiratory problems, obesity, reproductive issues, tumors, and immunological problems.
Ginseng is frequently recommended as a herbal supplement for cats and dogs. In pets, particularly cats and dogs, Ginseng can treat various health issues such as cardiomyopathy, cognitive dysfunctions, diabetes mellitus, and hypoadrenocorticism. Ginseng’s powerful antioxidant properties accelerate the dog’s recovery from mental and physical stress as well as sickness. Anti-inflammatory saponins present in Ginseng assist in maintaining the blood sugar level of your dog. Some veterinarians advocate the use of Ginseng in sick or elderly pets as a means of bolstering their immune systems and extending their lifespan.
In the dictionary of veterinary homeopathy, Ginseng Powder is regarded as a “mother tincture” that cures numerous health issues. Oral administration of Ginseng Powder to animals can take place with or without the presence of food. Ginseng can cause insomnia, so it is recommended that it should be taken in the morning. The recommended dosage of Ginseng is between 1 and 2 grams. It is strongly advised that a high dose of Ginseng should not be used during the acute stage of infection because it inhibits several immune processes. Pet parents should never give an animal more than the recommended dose. Close monitoring by a veterinarian is required when providing Ginseng to pets suffering from diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, bleeding issues, nervousness, or hyperactivity. In case of any adverse reaction or overdose, pet parents must immediately contact their nearby veterinary hospital.
In conclusion, given all the health benefits for Ginseng noted in this article, it is a great supplement and ingredient in pet food for the overall wellbeing of cats and dogs.
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