31. August 2011
Equine Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland, which is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones. Symptoms include a long, shaggy coat that does not shed, excessive drinking and urination, laminitis, a tendency for recurring infections in the hoof (foot abscesses), and a loss of muscle mass, especially along the topline and rump.
The symptoms are treatable, but the condition is not curable, with symptoms progressing as the horse gets older. Chasteberry is emerging as a promising herbal treatment for this endocrinal condition. Studies of the herb, known to affect dopamine levels in humans, indicate it has the same effect in horses and can help regulate the pituitary gland.
One trial in the U.S. on 10 horses afflicted with Cushing's yielded improvement in all 10 horses after they were treated with Chasteberry. According to David Biehl, DVM, there should be a noticeable improvement in the horse's condition in about four to five weeks if it is going to respond favorably to Chasteberry.
Heartland Vet now carries Gateway's Su-per Chasteberry available in two sizes: 32oz and Gallon.
Read more about Chasteberry here.