How To Help Your Pet or Horse's Health With Ashwagandha

How Can Ashwagandha Help Your Pet's Health?

First of all what is Ashwagandha?

This is a herb used for centuries to promote health. Also sometimes known as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry. It originates from Asia and Africa and is an evergreen shrub.

Ashwagandha is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine. In fact it's one of the most used herbs.

So what is Ayurvedic medicine?

This is a holistic system of medicine used for thousands of years. The Ayurveda system originates from India.

Ayurveda translates from the Sanskrit langauge, as “science (ved) of life (ayur)”

It's based on the principles that the mind, body and spirit are all inter-related. In fact they must be balanced to promote whole health. And so is "holistic".

Why Use Ashwagandha For My Pet or Horse's Health?

Generally it's used to help improve:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Longevity

Veterinary research (1) suggests that Ashwagandha root extract has several benefits. Including potent hemopoietic, antioxidant, adaptogenic, and immune-stimulant properties

Many different animals can use ashwagandha, from small animals such as your dog, to horses, chickens and others.

Your holistic veterinary surgeon will consider whether ashwagandha herb maybe helpful for your animal.

Where Can I Buy Ashwagandha For My Pet or Horse?

Several holistic animal health supplements contain Ashwagandha. Including those from the international company Hilton Herbs. You'll find it as an ingredient alongside other herbs as it's known as an adaptogenic.

Why is an adaptogenic useful?

An adaptogenic herb is one that helps the body counteract stress. Also strengthening the immune system.

Veterinary Research Demonstrating Benefits of Ashwagandha

1. Adaptogenic and Immunomodulatory Activity of Ashwagandha Root Extract: An Experimental Study in an Equine Model. (Journal - Frontiers in Veterinary Science , Volume 7, 2020,

2. Nabi, Showkat & Wani, A.R. & Dey, Sahadeb. (2014). Therapeutic effect of ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera L.) in liver dysfunction of old dogs. Applied Biological Research. 16. 232. 10.5958/0974-4517.2014.00015.9.

3. Effect Of Feeding Ashwagandha And Enzyme Alone Andin Combination On The Carcass Traits Of Broiler Chicks (2015)

In Conclusion

Ashwagandha is a herb that's been used to help a variety of animals for many years. And can potentially have many benefits. Especially if used as part of a holistic approach to maintaining good health.

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Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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About the Author

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