Terminalia Chebula: Ingredient highlight
Your guide to Terminalia chebula
Just like humans, as dogs grow older they start to slow down. Even the pups that were once bounding across the park inevitably start to take it down a notch as they age. And for humans, this process can be painful to watch.
Whilst we cannot prevent our pups from ageing, we can play our part in helping them stay healthy and active.
Terminalia chebula is a fantastic natural ingredient that has the power to keep our pups moving painlessly. It’s been found to reduce joint pain and enhance mobility, and the best part? It’s safe to feed to our furry friends.
What is Terminalia chebula?
Terminalia chebula, also commonly known as Black or Chebulic Myrobalan, is a deciduous tree with a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (the ancient Indian medical system).
The tree is native to India and South East Asia, and it’s known for its medicinal propreties , mainly coming from its dried fruit. In fact, it’s so powerful that it’s been referred to as the ‘King of Medicine’ in Tibet. This is thanks to its many wonderful uses and benefits.
How does Terminalia chebula work?
Terminalia chebula has been used for centuries for kidney and liver dysfunctions and as a diuretic and mild laxative. Terminalia chebula is also commonly known for improving joint health and promoting mobility. This is due to its analgesic, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects which work together to reduce joint pain.
There are many studies on humans and pets which highlight the effectiveness of this wonderful plant.
A 2016 study found the plant to reduce inflammation in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. Here, it was found that Terminalia chebula was able to reduce arthritic pain by providing an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.
Another study found that Terminalia chebula was able to reduce discomfort for patients suffering with joint pain.
Terminalia chebula contains many active constituents, with chebulagic and chebulinic acids being 2 of the main ones. These components have been shown to exert antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities which in turn provide its antiarthritic propreties.
Benefits of Terminalia chebula
Terminalia chebula is used for a range of different diseases and ailments.
As we’ve discussed, one of its more researched uses is its ability to reduce inflammation and joint pain, making it a powerful tool for reducing the pain associated with Osteoarthritis and promoting mobility.
But, this is not its only benefit.
According to a 2013 study, Terminalia chebula in humans can also be used to for:
- Stomach related issues, such as haemorrhoids and constipation
- Dental issues, such as bleeding gums and ulcers
- Healing wounds and purifying the skin
- Increasing appetite and digestion
- Pain relief
- Promoting heart health
Keep your pup moving with Terminalia chebula
There’s nothing worse than watching our furry friends slow down, as movement and activity form a huge part of a healthy lifestyle.
Luckily, you can do your part to keep your pup moving with Nectar’s Joint + Longevity dog supplement.
This delicious supplement contains Terminalia chebula as well as other joint and bone health ingredients to help enhance your dog’s mobility, allowing them to live a full life, even as they grow older. All you need to do is scoop some of this yummy powder on top of their food or dissolved in a bit of water for a hydrating snack. It's that easy.Do you want to learn more about doggy health? Check out our other blog posts.