Posted : 2/12/2008 12:27:39 AM
I hope the vet weaned her off the cyclosporine? It's very steroid-like and if you take them off it too fast they will rebound.
Pau d'arco is one of many herbs that will boost the immune system. It's a good one that I use a lot, BUT be aware you will need to switch off it to a different herb after a few weeks (like a month) -- the immune system will "get used to" it and it will stop working. You have to keep the immune system challenged or it will simply ignore things.
My dog had IMHA (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia) and HE just got off cyclosporine last October. It's a delicate dance to keep them well -- and often the drugs that just kept symptoms "at bay" but never really attacked the disease *cause* deep in the body just chase infection and inflammation around in the body.
I have found an awesome homeopathic vet near me who is having some awesome results with Billy. His comment to me as we were discussing all of Billy's "stuff" was "it's as if Billy's immune system is sort of stuck in an "on" position -- not an effective one. He stays inflamed and infected and just goes from one place to another to show up. We need to re-teach the immune system to function normally. A normal immune system should go 'on and off' -- ON when the body is threatened by bacteria, virus, or allergen ... but then once that threat is gone the immune system should shut off and relax. Billy's doesn't. It's like it's just 'stuck' -- and we need to fix that".
He's doing an auto-sanguis treatment along with various other homeopathics to detox and nudge his body to normalcy. wow -- the great results are awesome.
My first suggestion would be to tell you to find a good TCVM vet (traditional Chinese veterinary medicine). They are absolutely masters at helping support the immune system without triggering the auto-immune components. They'll be able to help support you with a wide variety of not just herbals but various foods that will actually help (and I'm really not talking about just 'diet' -- it' s more than that).
If you go to the http://www.tcvm.com website there is a locator on the left that will help you find a good competent vet that can help you. Good luck. Feel free to email me if I can help.