Nerve Tonic for dogs and cats supports the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and regeneration of damaged nerve tissue*. This nerve healing remedy is an all-natural, alcohol-free herbal tincture that offers support for debilitating nervous system conditions. It is formulated by a certified Master Herbalist using USDA organic herbs and we believe there is no finer formula available to help with situations in which nerve tissue has been damaged through injury or by the immune system as is the case with degenerative nerve conditions like degenerative myelopathy. Our Nerve Tonic can also be a very helpful herbal remedy for conditions associated with aging or nutrient deficiencies like cerebral insufficiency (canine cognitive disorder).
Nerve Tonic contains a neuroregenerative herb called St. John's wort; nerve tonics like skullcap, oatstraw and gotu kola that have a strengthening and tonifying effect on the nervous system; circulatory tonics like ginkgo biloba and cayenne that help bring vital blood flow with oxygen and nutrients to nerve tissue along with ginger root that helps to reduce inflammation caused by tissue damage.
5 Benefits of Nerve Tonic for Dogs and Cats
The herbs found in Nerve Tonic have been selected by a Master Herbalist specializing in medical herbalism for animals. When combined together their ability to promote the repair of damaged nerve tissue, protect healthy nerve tissue, improve circulation and promote a healthy mood can improve the health of a dog or cat suffering with damaged or declining nerve function related to a variety of disorders.
Myelin Sheath is the yellow covering on the nerve cell (neuron)
The herb St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been shown in studies to have a beneficial effect on the central nervous system. The CNS is very sensitive to oxidative stress, and it is this sensitivity that plays an important role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Constituents found in Hypericum, especially the antioxidant flavonoid compounds, have been found to offer protection against aging, neurodegenerative disease and other loss of function related to the destruction of neurons (1).
Promote Better Mood
Again, the herb St. John’s Wort is of benefit here. This herb has been shown in studies to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate depression more than a placebo and similar to prescription antidepressants (2).
St. John's Wort's tested and proven effects on mild to moderate depression appear to be related to the constituent hypericin believed to work as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. Though, other constituents may also cause this herb to act as a weak serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (3).
Overall, the demonstrated efficacy of this herb in treating depression is likely due to the synergistic effects provided by the components of the whole herb (as we provide in the Nerve Tonic formula), working on the central nervous system (4).
Nerve Tonic can help your dog or cat with nerve pain such as neuralgia, spinal nerve pain etc... due to the inclusion of herbal nervines that can help to restore and nourish the nervous system. St. John's Wort (5),(6) and other nervine herbs such as oatstraw and skullcap (7) have shown they can be safe, natural alternatives for a dog or cat with neuralgia.
Another fact taken into consideration when formulating Nerve Tonic for your dog or cat, is that circulation is a very important factor for animals with nervous system or neuromuscular conditions.
For circulation in this formula ginkgo leaf, ginger and cayenne are used to very good effect to bring oxygen and nutrients to peripheral nerves and muscles. Ginkgo’s ability to act as a natural vasodilator to increase blood flow to various parts of the body is well known and can help prevent stokes and cardiovascular disease (8),(9),(10).
Ginger root is well known for its ability to increase circulation to the extremities. This is of great benefit to dogs and cats with neurological difficulties as this will circulate ginger's antioxidant activity to help increase cognitive function and reduce inflammation in related blood vessels (11),(12).
Lastly, cayenne is another circulatory tonic that helps to bring nutrients to peripheral nerves and muscles. It does this by acting as a vasodilator to allow blood to flow more easily through your pet's system by relaxing the tiny muscles found in blood vessel walls (13).
Provides You with the Highest Quality Herbal Supplements for Dogs and Cats
✓ Organic Herbs
Our formula contains certified USDA organic herbs. Research shows organic herbs have higher amounts of important nutrients as opposed to conventionally raised plants. Organic farming methods are also better for the environment and of course do not have the levels of residual pesticides that conventionally grown herbs can have.
We also do not use wild crafted herbs in our formulas as this practice can damage wild populations of herbs and you do not necessarily know where the herbs are coming from or how they've been grown. Instead, we prefer to be on the safe side and only obtain herbs from USDA certified organic farms.
✓ Natural Ingredients
Natural ingredients are going to be gentler on your animal's body when compared to synthetic chemical ingredients or medications. The proper natural constituents are able to provide the body with what it needs to heal and get better. This is in direct contrast to synthetic ingredients or medications that can be especially hard on the liver and kidneys.
Medications are also designed to have a symptom suppressing action in line with the principles of allopathic medicine which is to create a diagnoses and then use drugs to suppress symptoms. Using this course of action can never result in true healing and is not really meant to.
✓ Alcohol-Free Tincture with ORGANIC Vegetable Glycerin for Animals
Our blend is formulated by a special process using low heat and organic vegetable glycerin. Tinctures are concentrated forms of a plant's constituents that are readily absorbed and utilized by your pet's body. Because your pet may not like the taste of alcohol, we use vegetable glycerin which gives our tinctures a sweet taste your animals will like.
Vegetable glycerin is a carbohydrate but is metabolized differently than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. It is also an efficient menstruum which extracts valuable constituents from plants and makes them readily available to the body. In addition, we take the extra time and effort to use a low heat process that extracts many more constituents than just soaking in glycerin alone as is done by most other herbal companies.
And, of course, the use of organic vegetable glycerin ensures your pet avoids genetically modified ingredients and herbicides in their natural medicine.
✓ Uses only Human Grade Ingredients
Our products are manufactured using human grade ingredients. In the pet industry this is far from the rule as many companies use pet quality ingredients, those considered "not fit for human consumption".
✓ Uses Fresh, High Quality Ingredients
We purchase our ingredients from some of the most highly regarded companies in their respective fields so you and your animals are ensured the finest quality supplements. In addition, we purchase in small quantities to make sure the products we provide to you are fresh and bursting with important nutrients. This is in direct contrast to many other products on the market that can spend a year or longer sitting in non-climate controlled warehouses before they even get to you.
How Can Our Nerve Tonic Help Your Dog or Cat with Nerve Injury or Disease?
This herbal formula provides a highly researched blend of herbs that work synergistically together to help reduce nerve pain, protect nerves from oxidative damage and promote the regrowth of damaged nerves. However, the primary herb we will focus on is St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Studies have shown that this herb contains neuroprotective agents that can protect brain and nervous system health. Research studies show that this herb can inhibit nerve injury (14), prevent inflammatory and oxidative damage to the brain (15), and provide beneficial activity in neurodegenerative disorders (16).
Studies have indicated that the active constituents hypericin and hyperforin are responsible for the beneficial action of this herb, however the single constituent responsible for the activity remains unknown. That is why the "whole extract" should be used as is found in our Nerve Tonic formula.
How Can Our Nerve Tonic Benefit Your Aging Dog or Cat?
As mentioned previously, all the herbs in this formula work together synergistically, and this can benefit your aging animal tremendously. However, the herb we will focus on for this discussion is cayenne (Capsicum annuum). Cayenne pepper is a spice with which we are all familiar. Among its abundant constituents is the active constituent capsaicin, that is believed to provide much of its beneficial activity. This herb is a very useful circulatory stimulant. An aging animal can greatly benefit from increased circulation because it helps to deliver blood, with oxygen and nutrients, throughout the body.
This can benefit animals with degenerative nerve conditions by delivering nutrients to the brain and extremities, with digestive disorders by promoting the secretion of digestive juices, with constipation by promoting intestinal peristalsis, and in animals with general debility by increasing body heat and overall vitality. By helping to clean and dilate blood vessels, cayenne can help to lower bad LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure (17) and prevent blood clots helping to improve cardiovascular health.
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