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March 31, 2016 4 min read

If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer, you will want to read this.

In 1902, Yunnan Baiyao was invented by Dr Qu Huanzhang in Yunnan, China. For the past 100 years, Yunnan Baiyao found its way through the battlegrounds of Chinese soldiers fighting against the Japanese in World War II, as well as the Vietcong against the USA during the Vietnam War – by saving the lives of soldiers from severe battle wounds.

The first purpose of Yunnan Baiyao was that it was used for all kinds of traumatic injuries or internal bleeding. Whether it is a small cut, bruise, swelling, or an internal injury from an accident or a fight, Yunnan Baiyao was used as a first aid kit. All it takes is to simply pour the Yunnan Baiyao powder onto the cut or swallow it.



How does it help dogs?

When it comes to hemangiosarcoma, leukaemia, or any such type of bleeding tumour, you may want to know more about Yunnan Baiyao, and how it can help treat your dog. This Chinese herb has been used in Asia for more than 100 years and is considered to be a miracle drug that stops bleeding. In some dogs with cancer condition – stopping the bleeding can greatly extend their lives and help with the quality of life.

Many dogs are grieved with cancers that are associated with bleeding internally. Sometimes, the treatments for cancer may increase bleeding tendencies. It makes a lot of sense to provide our four-legged companions' supplement that helps the body stop bleeding at home.

When Yunnan Baiyao is taken orally, it has been shown to help decrease liver bleeding in lab animals. This was also shown in results for ponies as well as rabbits. It also works when the Yunnan Baiyao powder is applied to a bleeding surface.

Yunnan Baiyao has the power to dramatically reduce most recovery times after surgery and aid in even quicker recovery time for dogs that go through surgery. It is recommended to take it on the given day of the surgery, and for the following week. But make sure, during this time; please refrain from giving your dog any supplements that may act as an anti-coagulant such as Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin e, garlic, turmeric, as well as ginger.

Yunnan Baiyao should only be given after consultation and proper cooperation with your dog’s veterinarian.


How much do you give?

The recommended dosage is based on weight. For dogs 10 lbs. and below, distribute 1 Yunnan Baiyao capsule orally once a day. For dogs weighing between 10 -30 lbs., distribute 1 capsule orally twice a day. For dogs between 30-60 lbs., distribute 2 capsules twice a day, if 60 lbs. and above, give 2 capsules three times a day.

For the treatment of external wounds such as cuts, tumours, etc., open one capsule (250 mg) and sprinkle the capsule contents onto the affected area.

Do not give Yunnan Baiyao on an ongoing daily basis. It is preferred to give it on alternating days, or a 5-day on and off cycle. There is some possible evidence that this medicine may increase liver markers if given daily for a long period of time.


Is it safe?

Yunnan Baiyao is considered to be very safe for dogs, especially when approval is gained from the veterinarian. Dogs with liver issues should not be given the medicine every single day, but instead every other day or 5 days a week.


How about Pregnant/Nursing Dogs?

Though not much information is known about the effects of this medicine under these circumstances, please do not administer the medicine to pregnant/nursing dogs as it may cause added harm.


How to safely use Yunnan Baiyao

It is advised to consult your vet before administering the medicine to your dog. Please consider mentioning the following during the consultation:

  1. Your dog’s current medical conditions
  2. Other drugs/medicine your dog is currently taking
  3. The medicine’s ingredients, particularly progesterone which is a steroid

If your dog’s veterinarian approves of this treatment, please stick to their given dosage recommendations. Always be aware that over-use can reduce the effectiveness of the medicine over time and is highly believed to heighten liver enzymes.



What can it be used for?

Yunnan Baiyao can help provide many health benefits to an ill dog. It can help with:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Bleeding
  3. Swelling
  4. Tumours
  5. Wounds

You may also consider asking your vet about the diphenhydramine form of Benadryl for dogs with swelling if this source of medicine is unsuitable for your dog.


What are the side effects?

Please understand the following side effects that may occur:

  1. Stomach Upset
  2. Liver problems (during over-use)

Though serious side effects are not expected, and liver problems are likely to be mild, dogs with existing liver disease may experience more issues during the over-use of the given medicine.

To avoid liver problems, Yunnan Baiyao can be administered on a 5-day on 5 days off schedule. This will substantially reduce any liver issues.



Any overdoses of Yunnan Baiyao may cause side effects similar to aconitine poisoning. This might include:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Temporary paralysis
  4. Pain



Terminal illnesses such as cancer may often have various treatments that can be explored. While it is hopeful for success, sometimes they are not viable due to the preferences, values and conditions of your sick dog. But once you become knowledgeable about your pets condition and various other treatments given by the vet, and think about the goals for your loved pet’s life, and how to properly end their suffering. It is important to decide what is best for you and your pet.

Yunnan Baiyao can be purchased on this site, in herbal stores, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine stores.



Arevik Khachatryan
Arevik Khachatryan

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