Re: [FH] ground dandelion root as diuretic - dosage?
- Hi Sarah,
In a message dated 12/30/03 9:47:33 PM, sarahjmccoy_sj@... writes:
<< Thanks to someone on this list, dandelion extract was recommended to
me as a safe, gentle diuretic which I might be able to give Piglet. >>
By extract, do you mean a tincture (liquid)? In general, it doesn't matter if
you use a tincture or the fresh/dried herb, eg in the form of capsules or
infusions (altho the extraction process used to make a tincture is beneficial in
releasing the properties of some herbs).
<< Unfortunately, here in Australia, it's extremely difficult to find
dandelion extract, but I did manage to pick up some dandelion
capsules, which contain 500mg of ground dandelion root per capsule. >>
Traditionally, it is dandelion *leaves* that are used as a diuretic. The
*root* contains components that act principally on the liver and digestive system.
<< Now all I need to know is the dosage to start him on - does anyone
have any idea? I know his weight, so I can calculate it out if
someone can give me a mg/lb or whatever... thanks in advance >>
Doses given for dandelion leaves for humans vary widely; the *starting point*
for calculating animal dose is *generally* 1/10 human dose, but that depends
on the animal and the herb. Do you have access to Mary Wulff-Tilford's "Herbs
for Pets"?? Another place to look is www.holisticat.com; the site owner had a
cat with cardiac disease who used dandelion, among other Western herbs and
complementary remedies. // Rosemary
- Hi Sarah,
I've been using dandelion for about 2 weeks now and am happy with
it's results as a diuretic. Mr Pepe still gets lasix, but my hope
is to gradually decrease the lasix and rely mostly on dandelion.
I'll attempt to muddy the water some more based on what has already
"it is dandelion *leaves* that are used as a diuretic. The *root*
contains components that act principally on the liver and digestive
True. For a diuretic, the leaves is what you want. They are also
an appetite stimulant. The root is a good liver tonic and the
flowers an analgesic. I've had trouble finding just leaves in
tincture or pills, so I use a tincture made from whole plant and Mr
Pepe tested very strong for this product. It's from Eclectic
Institute and I found it in a local health food store. I squirt
about 1/4 dropper in his mouth about 2-3 times per day (or when I
remember). Another thing to look for is a non-alcohol liquid since
Cats typically don't like the taste of alcohol. These usually
contain glycerine and are commonly called "Glycerite".
If you can find dried leaves, according to Mary Wulff-
Tilford's "Herbs for Pets" you want to give 1 teaspoon per 20 lbs.
She recommends making a liquid since the nutrients are absorbed
better. For pills, the 1/10th human dose is a good guide.
Generally adult human dosages are based on a 150 lb person.
Where lasix will work immediately, it will take awhile to see the
diuretic effects of dandelion. But from what I understand,
dandelion is much easier on the kidneys and it highly nutritious.
- Hi Deena,
I'd be interested in transitioning Goldenrod off of Lasix and onto Dandelion as well. Do you have a veterinarian guiding you with this? I'm not sure how long I would need to give the dandelion before slowing down on the Lasix. We give Goldie 1/2 a Lasix tab daily (I think it's 6.25 mg total daily). I'd rather have him on an herbal diuretic but I haven't done anything about it because I don't have any guidance (our internist, while wonderful, doesn't have experience with herbs, and our holistic vet is not local, we consult with her on the phone).
Thanks, and Happy New Year,
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