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potTreating your horse with Jiaogulan (leaf or powder) for Laminitis.

We know of on-going usage or our organic Jiaogulan to help treat horses diagnosed with laminits. It's a complex issue and Jiaogulan is not a cure-all for every horse. But, there have been some promising results under the right circumstances.

potDosage Guide for Jiaogulan use in Horses

An approximate dosage would be in the region of 1/2-2 tsp per day of the powdered form for a 1000 lb horse. However, this is a wide range and some horses do better with less so you will need to adjust for your horse. Increased energy levels and alertness are key signs of improvement along with pinker gums. Ideally it should be administered twice a day (halving the daily dosage) 20 minutes before feeding.


  • Do not use with bute or flunixine as they may block or counteract the effect.
  • If used at the same time as other adaptogenic herbs (ie ginsengs) the effect may be counteracted or enhanced so dosage adjustments may be necessary.
  • Do not use with other vasodilating drugs.
  • May not work if used with other laminitis supplements.

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An excerpt from Elenor's Jiaogulan field trial in Horses here:

The Jiaogulan is not a cure all. There are no cure alls in laminitis. If the horse has ongoing and uncontrolled insulin resistance, it will not work. Bringing insulin resistance under control requires treatment of Cushing's disease if that is present, and a very carefully designed diet with tight mineral balancing. There are also some herbs that will help with insulin resistance and Jiaogulan itself may have favorable effects on insulin resistance but the diet design and mineral balancing comes first. If the horse's feet are not correctly trimmed and balanced, it will not work.

What the Jiaogulan apparently does is address problems with circulation during laminitis that can contribute to chronic pain and also delay healing in the damaged areas of the feet. Response may be dramatic and within days if the points above have been addressed.


The field trial on laminitis in horses and ponies has been completed. Animals included in the results below had all fulfilled the criteria listed above for proper treatment.

Of 118 treated with Jiaogulan, 15 horses/ponies (12.7%) failed to respond, or responded initially only to show deteriorating soundness at a later interval. In 12 of these cases, worsening of the underlying medical condition, inability to trim/shoe the feet to a state that prevented further mechanical damage, or an already severely advanced demineralization of the coffin bone were present. In three animals, the reason for poor response was unknown.

57 horses (48.3%) showed complete return to soundness at a walk within 2 days to 2 weeks of starting Jiaogulan. Some of these went through a period of abscess drainage before becoming sound. Although some of the test animals also started to spontaneously trot or even canter on their own, this was not encouraged because of the potential to damage already weakened areas of the foot.

The remaining 46 horses (39%) showed obvious improvement of 1 to 2 lameness grades and were stable or continuing to improve at the end of the follow up. These horses all had pre-existing extensive damage to the feet and would require many months to a year to regrow stable laminar attachments.

potEquine Review: Article Excerpt 2007

Jiaogulan, a plant native to southeast Asia, can be made into a tea that is said to have medicinal properties similar to those found in ginseng. The tea is purported to contain antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. There are claims that jiaogulan can lower blood pressure, enhance metabolism of fats and sugars, decrease levels of harmful cholesterol, and improve strength and endurance. Used in horses, the herb is supposed to help with recovery from laminitis and mediate signs of airway disease.

While some research with laminitic horses has shown positive results, owners are cautioned that not all laminitis cases have the same cause or treatment protocol, and indiscriminate use of jiaogulan has the potential to make a laminitic horse worse instead of better. For use of any herbal or other medication, owners are strongly advised to consult a veterinarian regarding treatment options and possible drug interactions.

Equine Review (Jiaogulan for Laminitis): A publication of Kentucky Equine Research, Inc. Copyrighted material.

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