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Is Gotu Kola Safe For Pets?

Herbs For Pets 3 min read
Close up of Gotu kola herb leaves with dew drops on them. Is Gotu kola safe for pets?

Gotu kola is a herb also known as Centella asiatica, Indian pennywort, Brahmi, or Asiatic pennywort. Some will even call it “herb of longevity”. It is a herb that is used for medicinal purposes, as well as culinary, and it is native to the wetlands in Asia. You may be familiar with Gotu kola from its use in supplements for humans and be wondering if Gotu kola is safe for pets.

In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, the Gotu kola is considered one of the most powerful herbs. It has been used for a long time to manage conditions like epilepsy, asthma, circulation, skin problems, inflammation, intestinal disorders and it also helps to improve quality of life and enhance longevity. And this herb is not only used by Eastern medicine, but Western also recognizes some powerful properties that help to improve circulation and make the blood vessels stronger and help to decrease stress.

Gotu kola paste in a small wooden bowl on top of a wooden counter top with Gotu kola leaves in the background.

How Is Gotu Kola Used For Pets

help to reduce anxiety and stress and also helps cognitive function

Gotu Kola is safe for pets when given in doses appropriate for their size. In veterinary natural medicine, Gotu kola has been showing good results when used for pets for a more natural approach. Gotu kola has chemicals known as triterpenoids that help to reduce anxiety and stress and also helps cognitive function. Because it is high in antioxidants, this powerful herb is also used to help treat heart conditions, epilepsy, and joint disorders like arthritis (reduces muscle and joint inflammation).

Another ability that Gotu kola has is wound healing. It is high in collagen and helps to improve skin health and to soothe numerous nervous disorders. It can also be used as a tonic, which helps to balance hormones.

Gotu kola plant growing in a garden.

Vet-Formulated Supplements With Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola is used in four of our herbal supplement blends for pets.

BK-Detox— is a supplement that supports a healthy immune system and detoxification. Gotu kola is included in this blend helps to improve circulation, promotes strengthening of the blood vessels, and supports detoxification of the blood.

Felimm— is formulated to help fight viral and bacterial infections, and promote detoxification of the lymphatic system. Gotu kola is used in Felimm for its immune system strengthening and antioxidant properties which help the body to fight off potential infections.

Resthyro— has been formulated to help pets with hyperthyroidism. Resthyro supports balanced thyroid activity and can help with symptoms associated with an overactive thyroid gland. Gotu Kola a part of this blend as it helps with inflammation and balancing hormones, including thyroid hormones.

Thyro-Up— is a herbal formula to support pets with hypothyroidism. Thyro-up helps promote balanced thyroid activity for an underactive thyroid gland and the symptoms associated with it. Gotu kola is part of this blend for its anti-inflammatory and hormone-balancing properties.

At NHV we recognize the powerful properties of this amazing herb Gotu kola. We suggest using it only when formulated by veterinarians and correctly dosed for your beloved furbaby. All our supplements are vet-formulated with the help of a master herbalist. We always think of the safety of all furbabies and we want to help and love them naturally.

If you have any questions about using Gotu kola for your pet or herbal supplements in general, feel free to reach out to our pet experts using the chat button below.

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: May 19, 2021

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