Our Signature Line Organic Herbal Formulas were created exclusively for The Holistic Horse by a leading equine veterinarian specializing in endocrinology, herbs and nutrition.
Nature has provided us with a variety of wonderful healing herbs which we have custom blended to benefit your horse’s health.
These amazing formulas contain the very finest certified organic herbs. They are handcrafted and mixed in small batches to ensure freshness and quality. We freshly grind many of our herbs upon order. They are also non-GMO, without fillers and are free of sugar and non-structural carbohydrates (NSC). Therefore these formulas are suitable to feed to horses with IR/Metabolic issues.
While other companies may offer similar products, many of their herbs are not organic. Our formulas also have a much higher concentration of herbs per dose ensuring greater effectiveness. They also contain unique herbs not found in other products.
EPM is NOT transmitted from horse to horse. Why one horse gets EPM from opossum droppings and another one does not, is unknown. One of the widely acknowledged factors seems to be a weakened immune system. Therefore, whether preventatively or complimentary alongside or after drug treatment, supporting the equine immune system is essential in the recovery of horses with EPM. Pau D‘ Arco has shown to be a powerful herb to boost the immune system while at same time having anti-protozoal properties. Eleuthero is an immune stimulant and adaptogenic (see below).
The dramatic overall symptoms produce additional stress on the body which in return can weaken the immune system more. Breaking this downward stress spiral can dramatically help a horse with EPM. Adaptogenic (stress-reducing) herbs such as Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) have shown to be powerful remedies.
While nothing will remove the protozoa from the body, we can try to reduce its impact. The disease is a master in disguise and symptoms can be very unspecific. They usually include neurological problems, ataxia and muscular-skeletal soreness. Calming and supporting the nervous system in a horse with EPM can help the horse cope during the recovery process much better. Lemon Balm has a soothing effect on the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. It will reduce anxiety and agitation. Furthermore, it has the added effect of anti-spasmodic properties helping to reduce signs of mild colic, muscle pain, cramping and twitching.
In a horse infected with EPM, the whole body suffers from inflammation and pain. Herbs with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can help significantly. White Willow Bark (Salix Alba) has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is ideal to battle signs resembling muscle- and joint pain, rheumatism, fever, colic and cramps.
The body might get overwhelmed trying to eliminate toxic waste produced by the infection. It is essential to support liver function (Dandelion Leaf, Milk Thistle) and the lymphatic system in particular to detoxify from the parasitic toxins as well as from drug metabolites (Cleavers, Calendula). Cleavers is also very high in Vitamin C, which helps the immune system.
Anise and Stevia are added to enhance palatability. Stevia serves as a natural, sugar-free sweetener. Anise is also an appetite stimulant.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR HORSES WITH EPM OR EPM-LIKE SYMPTOMS:
EPM and any health challenges resembling EPM require a truly multi-factorial holistic approach for feeding and management. The following are recommendations from our staff Veterinarian and Nutritionist:
- Provide ample clean water. If you prefer Automatic water feeders, make sure they hold at least a gallon of water.
- Add 2-4 tablespoons of sea salt per day to your horses feed. We offer “Pure Unrefined Sea Salt“.
- The main reason for EPM infections is believed to be a weakened immune system. Strengthen your horses immune system with our “Vyrex” or “ImmunoBoost“.
- Your horse might have an increased need for full spectrum amino acids to protect and re-build muscle tissue. Therefore you might consider feeding a 30-percent protein ration balancer (Two pounds per 1,000 horse daily).
- The stress produced by disease increases the need for minerals and vitamins. Consider adding our “Organic Icelandic Kelp” to your horses diet.
Have patience! Picky eaters can be a challenge. Go slow and easy and work on convincing your horse the herbs are good for them!
Healing Herbs and their beneficial properties:
Organic Pau d‘Arco Bark: Made from the bark of a large evergreen tropical tree found in Latin America and South America, this herb is a potent antiparasitic remedy. It also has antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as analgesic, antioxidant, astringent effects. Many of its benefits have been traced back to blood-cleansing compounds and compounds that inhibit harmful microorganisms.
Organic Eleuthero Root: Also known as Siberian ginseng, Eleuthero is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stress by acting on the adrenals and mediating your body’s stress response. It also helps increase endurance, to reduce fatigue, and boost immunity. This herb acts as a general neuroprotective for neurodegenerative disorders and helps increase mental sharpness.
Organic Lemon Balm Leaf: Eases stress and anxiety. Lemon balm contains a compound known as rosmarinic acid which has potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties. Helps strengthen the immune system and enhances cognitive function.
Organic White Willow Bark: Considered by many to be a “natural aspirin” and nerve sedative without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Also contains anti inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.
Organic Dandelion Leaf: Studies also show that dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi. Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. Dandelion leaf helps prevent oxidative stress, inflammation and damage to the liver. Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion, especially of fats.
Organic Milk Thistle Seed: Improves cognition and boosts the immune system. It Supports liver health. The active ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, acts as an antioxidant by reducing free radical production. Scientists believe this creates a detoxifying effect, which is why it is milk thistle is beneficial for liver problems. A study found milk thistle extract helped to reduce insulin resistance.
Organic Cleavers Herb: Cleaver is known as a lymphatic healer it cleanses and tones the lymph, relieves swollen glands. Cleaver herb also acts as a diuretic flushing and decongesting to the kidneys and urinary system. It also aids in cystitis and water retention. Acts as a blood cleanser to help purify and detoxify the blood.
Organic Calendula Flower: Calendula has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties via powerful flavonoids. Calendula can help prevent and relax muscle spasms. This flower also contains Antimicrobial & Antiviral Components The oils and acids within the plant have shown to be effective in fighting pathogens, as well as candida symptoms and even antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria!
Organic Anise: Effective natural expectorant – relieves congestion and coughing, digestive aid, anti inflammatory.
Organic Stevia: A natural sweetener, anti bacterial, anti oxidant, promotes proper digestion, contains potassium zinc, magnesium and vitamin B3.
The Holistic Horse recommends that you consult with your veterinarian if any adverse changes occur in your horse while using our products or if you have specific health issues or concerns regarding your horse. Owner accepts all responsibility while using these products. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.