Ophiopogon Formula is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) herbal blend that treats Cushing’s Disease in dogs, cats, and horses.
The Western medical indications for this herbal blend are Cushing’s disease, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), insulin resistance, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism.
The Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine indications are dry skin with hot ears and feet, excessive panting with spontaneous outbursts at night, polydipsia, polyuria, Yin deficiency, a pulse that is thready and fast, and a tongue that is red and dry.
At our clinic, pets often receive an Eastern exam (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in combination with the standard veterinary exam. Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy is very different than our standard Western medical philosophy. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on balance and finding the cause of the problem rather than simply masking symptoms with prescription medicines. Through Eastern examination techniques, we can choose herbal blends that will both treat symptoms and at the same time correct the imbalances in your pet’s body that are causing the symptoms. This herb is only one of the many TCM herbal blends available for our doctors to choose from based on the the results of the Eastern exam.
Ophiopogon Formula is an herbal blend specially formulated with herbs specifically chosen to work synergistically to relieve symptoms of Cushing’s Disease while at the same time addressing the underlying causes of these symptoms. The Chinese principles of treatment for this herbal blend are to nourish Yin, clear Heat, and promote body fluids.
This formula is crafted from Mai Men Dong San.
The main ingredients in Ophiopogon Formula are:
- Bei Sha Shen (Glehnia) to nourish Yin
- Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum) to clear heat
- Ge Gen (Pueraria) to promote body fluids
- Huang Qin (Scutellaria) to clear heat
- Lu Gen (Phragmites) to clear heat and promote body fluids
- Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon) to nourish Yin
- Shan Zha (Crataegus) to resolve food stasis
- Shen Qu (Massa) to resolve food stasis
- Tian Hua Fen (Trichosanthes) to clear heat and promote body fluids
- Wu Mei (Mume) to astringently consolidate
- Yu Li Ren (Prunus) to move blood
- Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena) to nourish yin and clear heat
Our clients have seen wonderful improvements in the health conditions of their pets using herbal blends to take care of a variety of health issues. Please contact our clinic at any time if you have questions about herbal remedies!
Source: Dr. Xie’s Jing Tang Herbal
Written by: Becki Baumgartner