Cush Control is a completely natural herb mix for supporting metabolism with horses suffering from cushing disease.
Contains: chasteberry, milk thistle seeds, goat´s rue, gingko, bilberry leaf, artichoke, golden rod, grape seeds, brewer´s yeast and pinch of love .
The dopaenergic effect of chasteberry helps to reduce the secretion of ATCH hormone associated with, for example, hair overgrowth, depression and apathy. Milk Thistle seeds protects the liver from poisons and accelerates the regenerationg of liver cells. With Cushing horses, it also protects the liver from excessive corticosteroids and even acts as a more effective antioxidant compared to vitamin E. The golden rod supports the kidney's microcapillary activity that cushing horses have under greater stress. It is also an effective urinary cleanser and may help to prevent urinary tract infections due to the excessive amount of glucose in the cushing horse´s urine. Artichoke promotes digestive system activation to melt food and promotes digestive secretion. It also equates increased blood sugar levels due to eating. Many cushing horses are suffering from insulin resistance - the goat´s rue helps to smooth blood glucose, reduces glucose genesis (increased cortisol levels in the blood stimulates the liver to decomposing accumulated proteins) and reduces glucose absorption into the bloodstream. Brewer´s Yeast contains all of the group B vitamins that play an important role in metabolism. Bilberry leaves are a natural plant insulin that equates blood sugar. Grape seeds reduces blood pressure and blood oxygenated LDL cholesterol in metabolic syndrome studies. Gingko effectively promotes blood circulation and especially blood circulation to the brain. It also includes blood flow to the retina of the eyes. It is also commonly used for the treatment of old-age dementia.
Dosage: horse 500 kg: 1 -2 dl / day. Mix with other feed.
The product is used as a nutritional support together with medication.
In Cushing's Disease (PPID), the pituitary gland segment has hyperglycemia. The hypothalamus of the horse's brain releases too little brain mediator dopamine. In the absence of dopamine, the pituitary gland is growing and begins to produce too much corticotropin (ACTH), beta-endorphin and melanoma-stimulating hormone (MSH). These hormones cause the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. Sickness is more common with older horses (over 15 years of age) and with ponies it is more common than horses.
Symptoms of illness include, for example,
- Delayed hair loss in the summer and early winter hair coming in the fall.
- Long and thick, sometimes wavy hair (55-80% of the affected horses)
- Tiredness, apathetic
- Bottleneck / hanging belly, muscle cramps from back muscles
- Fat deposits in the neck, in the upper ears of the eye and at the base of the tail
Cushing horses often have insufficient immune system function: wounds improve slower, they may suffer more often from various infections, hooves need maintenance, as cushing has a strong risk of laminitis, de-worming must be taken into account, especially at summer time there may be a need to clip the horse and special attention must be paid on sufficient nutritiens.
The diagnosis is based on horse's symptoms and blood tests.
An excellent article about nutrition in cushing is found here
(feeding from p.8)