What is Ming Mu Di Huang (for Dogs)?
Ming Mu Di Huang is a Chinese Herbal Medicine formula recommended for pets (dogs, cats, and horses) with chronic eyes problems characterized by poor vision, dry eyes, and blurred vision. It starts with the classical TCM formula (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Flavor Rehmannia)) as a base formula and then adds several herbs that further tonify and strengthen the Liver, which, according to TCM theory, is the organ that needs to be fully nourished in order to promote strong, healthy eyes and clear vision.
Western Medical indications for Ming Mu Di Huang include:
- Chronic uveitis
- Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU)
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)
Herbal Ingredients: Bai Ji Li (Tribulus fruit), Bai Shao (White peony root), She Jue Ming (Abalone shell), Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flower), Dang Gui (Angelica root), Fu Ling (Poria), Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycium Chinesis), Mu Dan Pi (Moutan cortex), Shan Yao (Dioscorea), Shan Zhu Yu (Cornus fruit), Shu Di Huang (Rehmannia, prepared), Ze Xie (Alisma)
Dosage Guidelines: Since Ming Mu Di Huang Wan strengthens and moistens the body systems associated with healthy vision using natural herbs (i.e. it is not a pharmaceutical intervention), dosing does not need to be exact. Use the following a rough guideline to get your pet started and then adjust according to how the symptoms change over time.
under 30 lbs: 8 teapills/day in two doses
30 - 60 lbs: 12 teapills/day in either two or three doses
60 - 120 lbs: 16-20 teapills/day in either two or three doses
over 120 lbs.: 8 teapills, 3x/day (for a total of 24 in a day
General Note regarding proper dosing for pets: ideally, one varies dosage based on observation of your pet's pattern of symptoms over time. You may want to start on the high end of the guidelines (or even exceed them by a factor of up to 2x), especially if your pet is having a great deal of trouble with pain and stiffness. Increased dosing during cold, damp weather may also help.