Chinese herbs for cushing's disease in dogs

Cushing's disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, in dogs refers to an overproduction of the cortisol hormone, which can result from either an adrenal gland tumor or overstimulation of the adrenal glands due to a pituitary gland tumor. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been utilized for various conditions in animals, including Cushing's disease.

When considering Chinese herbs for any condition in your pet, always consult with a veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to ensure the safe and effective use of these remedies. Here are some Chinese herbs and formulations that have been considered for dogs with Cushing's disease:

  1. Si Miao San: This formula can help clear heat and drain dampness. It's often used for conditions characterized by symptoms like excessive thirst and urination, which are also seen in dogs with Cushing's disease.

  2. Yin Kui Jing Tang: This formula is used to nourish the Yin, clear heat, and cool the blood. It may be recommended for cases where the Yin is deficient.

  3. San Ren Tang: This formula helps to drain dampness from the body and can be beneficial if dampness is a predominant feature.

  4. Long Dan Xie Gan Tang: Used for clearing liver fire, this formula can be beneficial if liver involvement is evident in the Cushing's presentation.

  5. Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang: This formula promotes blood circulation and can be useful if blood stasis is a feature.

  6. Adrenal Support Herbal Formula: Some TCVM veterinarians might have specific formulations tailored for adrenal support.

  7. Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis): Often used to nourish the blood and promote blood circulation.

  8. Bai Shao (White Peony): Can nourish the blood and calm liver Yang.

  9. Huang Qi (Astragalus): Often used to boost the immune system and can have diuretic properties.

Remember, the exact formula or combination of herbs that may be beneficial can depend on the TCVM diagnosis, which considers the individual dog's symptoms, constitution, and underlying imbalances.


  • While many owners are interested in natural or holistic approaches to pet health, it's crucial to combine these treatments with conventional veterinary care.

  • Always discuss with and inform your primary veterinarian about any herbal remedies or supplements given to your dog to avoid potential interactions with other medications or treatments.

  • Side effects or adverse reactions can occur, even with natural remedies. Monitoring and regular check-ups are crucial.

Finally, sourcing high-quality, contaminant-free herbs is essential. Ensure that you're obtaining products from reputable suppliers or through a trained TCVM veterinarian.

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