USE OF A HERBAL SUPPLEMENT TO OPTIMISE HEPATIC FUNCTION IN THE HORSE

C. Wait, G. Wheeler
The horse is an animal with a high degree of hepato-dependence; its physiology makes it more demanding than most mammals of constant effort on the part of its very large liver. A fully functioning liver is a prerequisite for a healthy animal which can perform to maximum efficiency, and a wide spectrum of pathology in equines can be traced to some degree of liver compromise.

IH-273 (Indian Herbs R&S, Saharanpur) is an assembly of plant materials, designed to optimise hepatic function and restore damaged liver tissue after insult from various causes. This means that nutrient utilisation is enhanced, and the animal is able to function with increased efficiency, thus effecting the improvement or cure of a variety of symptoms.

A field trial study of over 40 animals has been carried out to assess the efficacy of IH-273 in horses and ponies. Animals presenting with conditions indicative of hepatic compromise were treated with a course of IH-273 and their progress assessed over a period of several weeks. The results are seen as strong evidence for the usefulness of this example of Ayurvedic medicine in equines, a positive response being found in 86% of cases. Another plant assembly, ART (Indian Herbs R&S) was also tested on arthritic animals, with approximately 89% success rate.

The results are discussed in terms of therapy and routine prophylaxis to counteract everyday potential sources of liver damage.

Wait, C. and Wheeler, G. (1993). USE OF A HERBAL SUPPLEMENT TO OPTIMISE HEPATIC FUNCTION IN THE HORSE. Acta Hortic. 344, 479-495
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.344.56
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.344.56
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