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Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food and has been used historically in Indian and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics. Curcumin and it is this specific phytochemical that is known for its effectiveness in treating a variety of horse conditions.
Turmeric is one of the most popular herbs for horses in the market and is probably best known for its use as an anti-inflammatory. It works by significantly reducing the inflammatory pathways in the body, but unlike bute and most other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories often given to horses, turmeric works as a COX-2 inhibitor (as opposed to COX-1) and does not damage the lining of the stomach.
Turmeric is also nature’s horse best painkiller, thus helping in symptoms of horse arthritis. Also, this herb for horses its better than NSAIDs or pain killers because it has the same mechanism of action as regular painkillers.
It is a great natural alternative to horse steroids as the curcumin acts as immunomodulatory agent by inhibiting activation of immune cells, preventing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and influencing the activity of proteins involved in inflammation. Thanks to this, Turmeric can suppress immune responses and prove to be safer than alternative steroids.
Turmeric can help in horse arthritis, thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Turmeric and curcumin also protects bone health by preventing loss of bone tissue and promoting formation of new bone tissue.
You can feed your horse by making either a turmeric paste for horses using oil (coconut oil or linseed), or by simply adding the powder to his regular feed. Horses seem to accept the Turmeric mix better if their feed is wet…….dripping wet.
Turmeric is widely used to help in horse arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer's disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.
In regards to the dosage, it is always advised to consult with your trainer or vet. Depending on the horse condition and weight, the dosage may vary.