• Maureen Ericson, M.H.


Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Turmeric is the hottest herb on the market today. It seems like every magazine or news report is talking about this wonderful herb. Turmeric is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help manage pain, arthritis, and many other inflammatory disorders. It has been used for ages in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine to support the digestive tract, joint disease, and heart health. One of it’s most famous properties is its use in treating cancer due to its ability to help decrease the size of tumors and fight cancer cells.

The one way that I use Turmeric in animals is for pain management. It can provide natural pain relief for swelling in joints, injuries or other forms of pain without the side effects of NSAIDS. It works very quickly to relieve the pain and swelling. Many of my animal clients use Turmeric for arthritis pain allowing them to once again play, jump and walk with more comfort.

Turmeric has many other benefits that support healing in the body. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help promote good digestive health by supporting the liver allowing it to detox toxins and help lower inflammation in the gut. Chronic Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) can respond well to Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory help. It can help with chronic diarrhea caused by inflammation. In the immune system it is considered to be a natural antibacterial fighting infection. It is a strong antioxidant believed to be able to prevent cancer, due to it’s anti-tumor properties. Turmeric can offer allergy relief to chronic suffers. Its antioxidant properties have been shown to help prevent cataracts in the eyes. It can also help reduce blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks by thinning the blood. *Note: (Turmeric can thin the blood quickly and cause excessive bleeding so it should not be used with blood thinners. Always tell your Veterinarian you are using Turmeric and never use it before surgery!).

Turmeric is a great healer especially for pain management. If you are interested in using Turmeric for your animal please discuss this with your Veterinarian or Herbalist/ Holistic Pet Care provider. They will provide the right dosage amount for your pet and oversee the proper herbal formulas to use. Not all products of Turmeric are the same in their manufacturing standards. * Note- Many formulas cannot be used for cats.

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