Liver support / detoxifying plant extracts



Companion animals are exposed to many toxins that play a part in the causation of many diseases. One function of the liver and the kidneys is to clean toxins and toxic materials out of the body by removing them for the blood stream. Several plant extracts can help the liver and kidneys to function optimally. They have the ability to stimulate the liver by increasing bile production or stimulating the release of the bile and to protect the hepatocytes. Other plant extracts have anti-oxidant and diuretic activities.

 

 

Artichoke

 Cynara scolymus
Part Used: Leaf
Fact:
We eat the flower bud but the leaves are used in medicine.
Proven pharmacological properties*:
Hepato protective
Hepato regenerating
Choleretic
Antioxident
Cholestorol and lipid lowering
 Practical Application in Animals:
Detoxification
Adjunct therapy for liver diseases


Black Radish

Raphanus Sativus
Part Used:
Root
Fact:
The first species cultivated by humans. It was already known by the Egyptians during the pharaohs’; some hieroglyphics of Blackradish were found in the temple of Karnak.
Proven pharmacological properties*:
Hepato protective
Increase liver detoxification enzyme activities
Antioxidant
Laxative
Mucolytic
 Practical Application in Animals:
Detoxification
Chronic Bronchitis


Burdock

Arctium lappa
Part Used:
Root
Fact:
Returning from a walk in the Swiss Alps, George de Mestral removed some burdock seeds from his dog’s fur. Curious, he looked under a microscope and realized that the hook and loop system used by the seeds to attached to the animal’s fur could be duplicated.  The result was Velcro.   .
Proven pharmacological properties*:
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-oxidant
Anti microbial
Hepato protective
Antitussive in Cats
 Practical Application in Animals:
Chronic skin disorder; Pruritic and seberrheic dermatitis


Dandelion

 Taraxacum officinale
Part Used: Leaf & Root
Fact:
Also called “lion tooth” because the shape of the leaf.  Found world over.
Proven pharmacological properties*:
Diuretic
Choloretic
Mild anti-inflammatory
 Practical Application in Animals:
Detoxification
Diuretic


Milk Thistle

 silybum marianum
Part Used:
Fruit
Fact:
The name comes from splashes of white on the leaves and the milk sap they contain. It was used and is still used to prevent liver damage in Amanita phalloides mushroom poisoning.
Proven pharmacological properties*:
Anti-oxidant
Hepato protective
Nephro protective
Anti-cancer
Gastric ulcer protection
 Practical Application in Animals:
Detoxification
Liver disease