Category: Low Immunity

Equine influenza, Respiratory Disease of Horses – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment


Equine influenza is the respiratory disease of the horses which is very contagious and spreads very quickly among the young horses. Horses aging between 1-5 years old are more prone to this infection. It has affected horses in many countries except few countries like Iceland and New Zealand. Some of the severe epidemics are seen in countries like Japan, China and Australia where thousands of horses got affected. This infection is not deadly except in weak and debilitated horses. This article contains all the information about Equine influenza and its Ayurvedic treatment.


Horses and other equidae are commonly affected by this respiratory illness called Equine influenza. It is very contagious in nature and especially for the young or new born horses. Two subtypes of influenza A virus are responsible for the causation of the infection. Outbreak of Equine influenza causes major losses to the industry dealing with equines and usually occurs in areas where large numbers of horses are kept together or they gather for races, shows and events. This virus has gained access to larger areas like across the countries due to the transportation of the horses from one part to other.

Equine influenza


Equine influenza as per Ayurveda is caused due to the vitiation of any of the three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Predominantly the influenza is resulted from aggravation of Pitta and Kapha dosha resulting in formation of phlegm, nasal discharges which are yellow or green, fever, cough, and shivering.


Equine influenza is caused by strain of influenza A virus, i.e. H strain and N strain where H means hemagglutinin and N means neuraminidase. These both names are of protein which resides on the surface of a virus that helps them invade the cells. The influenza A virus can cause illness in both humans and animals and can pass the barrier of the species causing severe symptoms and resulting in the origin of pandemics.


As it is a highly infectious illness which has a high transmission rate with short incubation time in the horses, i.e. 1-3 days only. Healthy horses get infected from the affected one by coming in contact with contaminated brushes, buckets or tack and also by infected coughing horses. An entire barn can get affected by the coughing of an infected horse. Even after the 14 days of the post infection, the infected horses are infectious and can transfer the illness to other healthy horses. Even some horses are also reported to be asymptomatic who shed the virus without getting sick themselves. Some of the signs and symptoms of Equine influenza are:

  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Cough
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • In severe cases there can occur destruction of lung and throat cells

This illness also makes horses susceptible to other secondary infections like bacterial pneumonia for the first 2-3 weeks post infection.


The clinical signs alone cannot be sued for the diagnosis of Equine influenza as the signs and symptoms are similar to those of other respiratory illnesses. Certain diagnostic tests like virus isolation from the nasal swab samples are done which is to be done soon after infection as testing too late can make the test negative. Quantitative PCR test is done to confirm the diagnosis as it is fast, accurate, sensitive, and specific.


Conventional treatment of Equine influenza in the horses who are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms include supportive care and rest only. However those horses who have major symptoms should be on rest, discontinue the training for at least one week. In case of high fever, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are administered. Further antibiotics are prescribed where the horse develops purulent nasal discharge, continuous fever, or pneumonia. Give them a good time to recover.


As there is vitiation of the dosha, hence the Ayurvedic treatment will aim at pacifying these doshas and restoring their balance. Also in Ayurveda the emphasis is more given on condition of host, i.e. Prakruti and vikruti rather than the nature of infectious agents. There are many herbs in nature which possess natural qualities to eliminate these infective agents and restore the balance of the dosha, bringing back health.


Herbal Remedies at Planet Ayurveda are prepared with pure and authentic herbs that not only possess qualities to treat illness in humans but in animals as well. These herbal remedies are also free from any kind of synthetic color, dye, additives, preservatives, chemicals or yeast. For Equine influenza Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.

Products List

  1. Vasaka capsule
  2. Aller-G care
  3. Tulsi capsule
  4. Praanrakshak churna
  5. Curcumin capsule

Herbal Remedies for Equine influenza

Herbal remedies for Equine influenza

Products Description

1. Vasaka capsule

This herbal formulation is prepared from standardized extract of Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica) herb. Vasaka herbal capsules help in annihilating the cough and other respiratory troubles other than preventing the lung damage.

Dosage- Give 4 capsules twice daily with or after meals.

2. Aller G- Care

Shirish (Albizialubbock), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Neem (Azadirachta indica)and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are the herbs used in Aller-G care capsules. These multi herbal capsules help in boosting the weak immune response, and help in treating symptoms related to respiratory infections.

Dosage- Give 4 capsules twice daily with or after meals.

3. Tulsi capsule

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is the herb used in the standardized form in preparation of Tusli, single herb capsules which enhance herb’s medicinal properties. These herbal capsules help in alleviating different types of respiratory ailments like infections, cough, and also boosts immunity.

Dosage- Give 2 capsules twice daily with or after meals.

4. Praanrakshak churna-

Praanrakshak churna is a therapeutic combination of herbs like Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum), Anantmool (Tylophora asthmatica), Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica), and Kantkari (Solanum xanthocarpum). This herbal churna aids normal breathing, treats cough and helps in correcting the lung damage.

Dosage- Give 5gm twice daily with or after meals.

5. Curcumin capsule

These medicinally potent capsules are prepared from active component of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) i.e. Curcumin. Regular intake of Curcumin capsules help in preventing infections, boost immunity and prevent damage to throat and lung cells.

Dosage- Give 4 capsules twice daily with or after meals

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There are many herbs present in nature which can help in treating the Equine influenza naturally. Early diagnosis and correct type of treatment can save the horse from developing any complications.

Pythiosis Symptoms, Causes And Treatment With Ayurveda


Pythiosis is a rare water mold disease that mostly affects household animals like- dogs, cats, and horses, but this disease can also hamper humans in some cases, through the transmission of infection from pets to owners. This disease was first seen in the US and was named Swamp Cancer due to its life-threatening symptoms. The severe cases show symptoms like skin necrosis and skin-wasting. In this article, we will discuss the causative agent and the symptoms of this fatal disease. We shall also be discussing the diagnostic criteria and treatment for this disease. In the end, we will discuss what Ayurveda offers in the treatment of such infectious diseases.     



Pythiosis caused by a water parasite affects the body of the infected animal in certain ways. It hampers various systems functioning simultaneously. Respiratory tract issues, gastrointestinal tract problems, skin problems, lymph node problems, brain-related neurological issues, etc are noticed. Ignorance of these abnormalities could lead to severe symptoms that are hard to treat. The agent enters the body and settles in the respiratory tract through which it spreads to different parts of the body including the brain. The infectious agent causes the development of cutaneous masses in the abdomen or other body areas as an abnormal symptom.

Ayurvedic Aspect

According to Ayurveda, we can consider Pythiosis a Krimi rog that is caused by an infectious Krimi (Parasite) that enters the body and compromises the whole immune system of the host. These parasites (a type of Krimi) enter and replicate inside the body, causing irritant symptoms. Krimi’s will reach different body areas through the circulatory system and will hamper the normal functioning of different body organs and systems including the respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal system, etc. Krimi decreases the immunity in a person and creates an imbalance in all three Vatadi doshas.  


The main causative agent for Pythiosis is a water-borne fungal parasite

  • Pythiosis insidiosum of genus Pythium. It is a parasitic spore that enters the body through the respiratory route or the skin.


The symptoms of Pythiosis in animals include

Respiratory tract problems

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Sinuses

Gastrointestinal tract issues

  • Vomiting
  • Regurgitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal mass

Skin problems

  • Swollen skin areas
  • Wounds
  • Nodules (pus-filled)
  • Necrosis
  • Wasting of skin
  • Weight loss
  • Enlarged lymph nodes


The diagnosis is made through complete history taking and physical evaluation. Along with it, some lab tests are also recommended by the doctor for the confirmation of particle agents and disease

  • History taking
  • Physical examination
  • Complete blood count
  • Blood culture
  • Urinalysis
  • ELISA test
  • Abdomen Ultrasound
  • Ruling out the enlarged lymph nodes
  • Biopsy of abdominal mass
  • Dog’s Deoxyribonucleic acid test is indicated in some cases for confirming the diagnosis.


Treatment should be started as soon as possible to minimize the loss. Symptomatic treatment is done to reduce different abnormal body symptoms.

  • Medications like Anti-fungal drugs are recommended for six months or more
  • Most of the pets are recovered through medications, while some may need more treatment options
  • Immunotherapeutic vaccines could help to prevent these diseases 
  • Photoblation
  • Surgery is indicated to remove the extra abdominal mass or mass in other body areas

Herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda for Pythiosis

Planet Ayurveda is well known for its natural manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. This company has been preparing medicines for the last two decades. The quality and purity of the medicines are trusted worldwide. The medicines are too pure to be used in the treatment of animal and human diseases without any differentiation.

Here are some ayurvedic medicines listed that are recommended by us for the treatment of Pythiosis in animals.

Product List

1. Gandhak Rasayan

2. Mahamanjishthadi Kwath

3. Kaishore Guggul

4. Dermo Plan Syrup

Herbal Remedies For PythiosisHerbal Remedies For Pythiosis

Product Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

This patent Rasayan preparation of Planet Ayurveda is prepared from pure Sulphur- (Gandhak. This satanic drug is an effective option to balance all three imbalanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas. These tablets are recommended for pets (dogs, horses, cats) suffering from Pythiosis to overcome respiratory issues by maintaining proper airflow. These Gandhak tablets will increase the overall body immunity that will help to ease the other abnormal symptoms of the stomach, skin, and brain.

2. Mahamanjishthadi Kwath

This is a syrup preparation made using Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) which is a wonderful ayurvedic herb that detoxifies the body and eases all the toxins from the blood. Combining this wonderful herb with other herbs like- Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus), Bharangi (Clerodendrum Serratum), Bach (Acorus calamus), Bahera (Terminalia bellirica), Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Murva (Marsdenia tenacissima), Saal (Shorea robusta), Vijaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium), Khair (Acacia catechu), Rakta Chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Bakayan (Melia azedarach), Atees (Aconitum heterophyllum), and many more herbal medicines along with Dhay flower (Woodfordia fruticosa) and Gurr (Saccharum officinarum) are used for the preparation of this wonderful acting kwath and treats the disease by increasing its medicinal properties.  

Dosage- Give 2 teaspoons of syrup twice daily.

3. Kaishore Guggul

These wonderful acting tablets are prepared with Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Indian jalap (Ipomoea turpethum), etc herbs along with the main herb Guggul (Commiphora mukul). These tablets will manage Vataj and Pittaj disorders effectively due to the presence of a mixture of herbs like- Red physic nut (Baliospermum montanum), Ginger (Zingiber officinalis), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), etc. This tablet preparation is a good preliminary formula for swamp cancer.

Dosage- Give 2 tablets twice daily.

4. Dermo Plan Syrup

This is an Ayurvedic syrup of Planet Ayurveda especially indicated for the treatment of skin disorders. Pythiosis is a fungal disorder that affects the skin and many internal body organs. Consumption of this syrup regularly will recover the disease by overcoming the abnormalities caused in the body of the infected pet. For the preparation of this syrup, many herbal extracts of different herbs are used including- Neem (Azadirachta indica), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), etc.

Dosage: Give 2 teaspoons of syrup twice daily.



Pythiosis is possibly recovered without extra concern, but total negligence about its treatment can prove fatal. To avoid additional side effects of modern medicines, you must go for a safe and side effects-free treatment option. The Ayurvedic medicines are potent enough to deal with these parasitic viruses and eradicate them from the body of your beloved pet (Dog, cat, horse, or any other). To get more information regarding these diseases you can contact us at