A mini protocol for treating any cancer in cats and dogs

Here is a little protocol I used for cancer when I first started out doing acupuncture. It is something my first acupuncture teacher used often and with good results.

I combine this with acupuncture and used to use it in every animal I treated with cancer regardless of type.

There is sometimes some great power in a simple little recipe like this one! This one is still very dear to my heart. It has extended the quality of life and the longevity of many of the animals I work with.

Richard’s Mini Cancer Protocol to support the immune system and fight cancer

  1. Coenzyme Q10 200mg a day for dogs, 50mg a day for cats and small dogs
  2. IP6 800-1600mg twice a day for dogs and 400mg twice a day for cats and small dogs
  3. Medical mushrooms – to include Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, and/or Cordyceps at 300mg per 50lb.
  4. Artemisinin – see article
  5. Sanshedan ChuanBeiye – see article

I have found these days that I can get better results with some of the Chinese formulas I use to target specific cancers in specific animals however this is still a good protocol. I still use it or parts of it in my treatments.

So why would I use this protocol instead of the ones I talk about for specific cancers?

  • These are all extremely easy supplements to find with the exception of sanshedan
  • Sometimes oncologists absolutely will not allow the use of Chinese herbs when they are giving an animal chemotherapy. They may be more open to this protocol or parts of it.
  • You don’t need to know what type of cancer your animal has to use this.
  • If you have an animal who is very sensitive to Chinese herbs this protocol is unlikely to cause side effects because Coenzyme Q10 and IP6 are naturally in the body already and the other supplements are quite mild on the body.
  • You don’t have a holistic vet to work with and you are unsure what to use this may be a good protocol to consider and talk to your vet about.
  • This protocol can be used with other herbal protocols when the immune system needs additional support

Coenzyme Q10 is an enzyme made by the body and found in the membranes of many tissues. CoQ10 has effects in stimulating the immune system and works as a strong antioxidant. In animals and people with cancer it has been shown that levels of CoQ10 are lower then in normal individuals. There is some evidence that CoQ10 can increase cancer survival times.

Reduced levels of CoQ10 have been found in animals and people with heart issues. CoQ10 can help to protect the heart, lower blood pressure and help with repair to the heart.

CoQ10 has been shown to reduce cardiotoxicity (toxicity to the heart) in people on the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin (adriamycin).

I dose CoEnzyme Q10 at 200mg per day for dogs and 50mg per day for cats.

Here are some additional articles on CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 pharmacological and biological treatment

Cancer Topics – Coenzyme Q10

Inositol Hexaphosphate also known as IP6 is important in stimulating the immune system’s natural killer cells to destroy cancer tissue. It is an antioxidant and has effects in inhibiting cancer cell growth and division. Not much research has been done in humans with this supplement but a lot of cancer studies have been done in animals.

I dose cats at 400mg two times a day and dogs 800-1600mg twice a day when I use this supplement.

Here are some articles on IP6

Treatments and side effects IP6

The holistic vet on IP6

IP6 cancer research

Medical mushrooms are very good for our animals in so many ways. I will later have a whole article up on medical mushrooms but what you need to know now is -

  • Mushrooms are amazing in their abilities to help the body fight cancer and stimulate the immune system, the Chinese have been using these for years.
  • Mushrooms also help with giving animals added nutrition when they need it, such as when they have cancer or are going through chemo.

The best mushrooms to use for an animal with cancer are maitake, shiitake, reishi and cordyceps. A combination can be used or focus on one.

I recommend at least 300mg of mushrooms be given daily for every 50lb of cat or dog. More in fine.

One of the best ways to dose mushrooms is by adding them to your dog’s food (doesn’t work quite as well in cats). My favorite company for dried mushrooms is Fungusamongus. They have a good price on dried bulk mushrooms.

Where can you buy any of these products?

Follow the links above to buy off of Amazon.com For Artemisinin and Sanshedan follow the links to articles with information on where to buy these herbals.

Also many of these products can be bought at your local drug store, health supplement store or grocery store (with the exception of Sanshedan. And don’t forget about Fungusamongus for mushrooms.

As with all of my articles please check with your animal’s veterinarian before using any supplements, herbals or products discussed her.

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2 Responses to “A mini protocol for treating any cancer in cats and dogs”

  1. Debby Says:

    I see that you recommend both IP-6 and artemisinin. My understanding is that artemisinin recognizes cancer cells because if their high iron content and IP-6 kills cancer cells by removing the iron. Will these 2 supplements work against each other?

  2. Lena Says:

    Hi Debby, That is a good question. Clinically I feel like the combo of the two work well together. IP-6 also stimulates the immune system’s killer cell activity in addition to some of its iron chelation properties. My acupuncture teacher often used the two together and also had very good results. I agree it makes logical sense that the artemisinin would not work as well with IP-6 on board but clinically I have seen the opposite. There may be far more going on then we know. Maybe we will get a study someday but I don’t believe that this point there is one.