For those who are curious about what products the report advocates for successful heartworm removal or prevention, the following product selections are NOT what the report shares.
I get asked about the efficacy of these internet-based products enough that I have decided to share the pros and cons of a few (and why they are not advocated in my report), on this page:
Heartworm Free (aka HWF), by Amber Technologies:
Originally already considered a mild blend of necessary ingredients to do the job, HWF recently changed the product name and now currently exclude 2 critical anti-parasitic ingredients from its lineup, thereby rendering this product one of the slowest-acting available. Coupled with a handful of systems "cleansing" ingredients, Garlic is now the sole ingredient left to directly combat heartworms. Which in my opinion, is not near enough.
Various retailers of the blend state that the "mind-altering changes leading to psychosis when used over long periods of time" is why they choose to emit Wormwood. This statement made obviously due to what the naturally derived chemical Thujone (found in Wormwood) would do to heavy drinkers of the once popular Absinthe beverage back in the early 1900's.
In ultra-high doses, Thujone will cause delusion and stupor. It was very popular in Europe originally--due to this type of effect that drinkers of the beverage enjoyed experiencing. Ignoring this effective anti-parasitic ingredient from their product for use in dogs though, was a mistake, in my opinion.
Excluding a second ultra-effective herbal from their ingredients list known as Black Walnut Hull lengthens kill/removal time even more due to the superior fashion at which this natural plant combats parasitic infection, among other things.
True, that in rare occasions, a dog can prove to initially have what most call a temporary allergic reaction to this fine herb. This fact may be why they have chosen to exclude this incredible constituent ingredient from their product lineup.
For a dog weighing 26 to 50 lbs., HWF recommends
- 18 ounces of their product to be used over a period of 4 months. This equates to five (5) 4 ounce bottles at a total cost of $140.00.
- or 6 months @ 7 bottles
- or 9 months @ 10 bottles costing a pet owner $260.00
Dosage schedules/amounts appear quite complicated, and are calculated with 2 additional products intertwined into the regimen showing their dosages for advanced systems cleansing, etc. (great products mind you, and a smart recommendation for any canine suffering from heartworm infection to have) that the company highly recommends. These products are additional in cost.
HWF appears to now focus on simply raising a pet's overall immunity -
by containing ingredients that cleanse various systems so that a dog may
overcome heartworms on his/her own.
As it stands; liver, kidney, blood, and lymphatic systems cleansing ingredients are inclusive of 2 of the 3 products this site and report shares and thouroughly disects, defines, and explains. This benefit makes overall costs for heartworm resolve here a fraction of the above noted costs.
Amber Technologies does have a superior Canine Parvovirus product available should you ever happen to need one. Their Parvo Product has assisted dogs throughout the world recover from a virus that otherwise generally takes the life of a dog in fairly short order. I, like many naturopaths who share a Parvo background, consider this particular product a miracle blend, without a doubt.
Enzyme's brand Tincture of Blackleaf:
This formula should not be used for actual heartworm treatment as it does not even come close to being properly armed with the ingredients necessary for the task (nor do they claim it to be). As far as heartworm prevention goes; mm, maybe in regions where heartworm infection is minimal, and in constant, and larger doses, this product could do the trick. Not a great pic though, overall.
I would stick with this product for prevention of basic Giardia infections or maybe basic flea prevention. That is, if they would remove the Cayenne pepper from it;
- First of all, without a scoville rating being performed for Cayenne pepper (which measures the heat of a pepper) of at least 20,000 units, one will not gain any real benefit from having this ingredient in a given blend.
- Secondly,the first paragraph under "What does the Cayenne do?" describes Cayenne to be what a naturopath would see as a systemic catalyst or synergist (a bio-availability/digestion enhancer). It is not! IttIttIfdasfdifdsfdsafdasfdsenrnfgfdgfdrennen///
Cayenne is a metabolic & circulatory catalyst, period. It is best known as an immediate circulatory and metabolic enhancer (the quick rise in body heat and sweat), blood thinner, and as an antioxidant. I would never want to expand capillaries and rush blood flow in a dog suspected of having heartworms, let alone raise his body temperature, and thin his blood thereby urging potential inadvertent movement of, or dislodging of, a worm in an artery. Finally, if your pet is on any medications, Cayenne (an herb with many rules of interaction), should never be used.
FYI, the best systemic enhancers in the world are Licorice root, and Piperine (constituent ingredient found in black pepper corns). These two can raise the bioavailability of whatever you ingest albeit food, antibiotics, vitamins, etc. by as much as 30 percent!
Only Natural Pet brand Para-Gone herbal formula (tincture):
This product happens to be produced by a very solid pet company in business since 2004 located in Colorado. They maintain mostly all-natural pet products, and offer a great online presence.
The product "Para-Gone" is not designed though, for an attempt at natural heartworm removal, nor do they claim it to be. Although the ingredients that are used are advocated by the company for the removal of pinworm, hook and roundworms, and even tapeworms, I have always shared with my inquiring website visitors that it just does not have the "punch" necessary to overcome the heartworm.
It contains, among other things:
Papaya; best known for aiding in the digestion process, especially that of proteins and also increases positive intestinal flora. and works a bit against inflammation.
Episote; a Mexican-derived plant hat is a popular choice for removing hookworms, primarily, in the digestive tract. this herb packs numerous vitamins and a few flavonoids to boot.
Sage leaf; With almost too many benefits to mention here, Sage is used for internal and external sores, including ones left by attached worms on the stomach lining, the calming of the stomach and of the nervous system, inflammation, internal hemorrhaging (again, a feature that attached parasites cause), and many more. Having Sage leaf to benefit a dog recovering from general worm infestation is smart.