Useful for pain from arthritis and gastric issues
Meadowsweet leaves and flowers are known to contain Salicylates: natural compounds that are converted by the body to “aspirin” without the side effects of gastric upset that regular aspirin use can cause Tannins: a natural compound that may decrease inflammation and mucus
Meadowsweet can be helpful for the older horse who suffers from arthritis and may also have gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) from years of being given Bute or NSAIDs. While it may at first seem contradictory to give a horse an herb with aspirin-like effects or qualities (aspirin and its salicylates have been well-documented as a cause of stomach upset), the historic use of meadowsweet confirms that it is an effective anti-inflammatory and pain reliever without causing the wide range of digestive problems associated with aspirin. Meadowsweet is a whole herb, not just salicylates, and the sum of its “active” ingredients work in concert with each other.
Meadowsweet can be given to horses in several forms – as the cut and sifted herb, a powder, or made into a tea and added to feed. It can also be given as an extract. For a tea, place ¼ cup of the cut and sifted herb in a mason jar, steep 3 minutes.
If your horse is on other pain medication please check with your veterinarian.
Feed approx 1-3 tablespoons per day
*Non of theses statements have been evaluated by the FDA