Hoxsey like formula – for dogs and cats with cancer
This formula is my own modification of a formula called Hoxsey formula. I used to use quite a bit of Hoxsey, but over the years I’ve realized it can be fairly harsh in some animals and this modification still works well but also make side effects rare. So was born my modified hoxsey formula.
This is a very powerful formula and very strong not only against cancer but other hard to manage inflammatory conditions. I also use this formula for autoimmune stomatitis/gingivitis in cats and severe inflammatory skin conditions in dogs.
The formula I make and use continues the following herbs
- Oregon Grape
- Burdock Root
- Red Clover
- Dandelion root, leaf and flower
- Yellow dock root
- Licorice root
- Red Root
- Prickly Ash Bark
- Slippery Elm Bark
Oregon Grape, Burdock Root and Red Clover root should be the three main herbs in this formula. I also often add in Boneset if I am working with an animal with bone pain.
This formula works best for what would be considered damp heat or hot phlegm nodule tumors in Chinese medicine. The tumors, which respond the best to this formula, tend to be inflamed, painful, and fast moving. My main uses of this formula are for osteosarcoma (bone cancer), fibrosarcomas, lymphoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
This is a very cooling formula. You do not want to use this in an animal who runs cold.
The animals who respond best to this formula are hot, inflamed and excess. Picture a panting, thirsty, hot golden retriever with a history of skin disease and an outgoing hyper personality who has just been diagnosed with lymphoma or bone cancer and you get the picture.
I also use this formula quite a bit in cats. They actually tolerate it very well. Cats who do best on Cancer Detox, will usually still be slightly heat seeking, but have inflammation and pain around their cancer. Many people notice that while they still like heat they are less heat seeking then they used to be.
Cancer Detox helps reduce inflammation, helps with liver function and detox, and has many anti-cancer properties.
Oregon contains berberine which increases the body’s immunity. Red clover induces cancer cell death through apoptosis and induces cell differentiation. Poke root stimulates the immune system through its effects on the lymphatic system and white blood cells. Burdock helps to detox the body so it can work better against cancer. Prickly ash bark helps stimulate blood circulation and supports digestion. Red root helps with lymphatic drainage.
Together this formula kills cancer cells, induces apoptosis, stimulates the immune system, inhibits angiogenesis and induces cell differentiation. A pretty powerful combination!
Poke Root is toxic but used at the proper ratio amounts is safe to use. In some animals it will cause vomiting. It will sometimes lead to an increase in white blood cells on blood work, which can look like leukemia. A vet looking at blood work may be convinced that your animal has leukemia or an infection so make sure they know that your animal is on this formula and that it may increase the white cells. Over the years I have lowered by poke root content to 1-5% and have not seen vomiting since doing so. My commercial formula keeps it at 1%.
If this formula causes vomiting, it needs to be discontinued or combined with a formula which supports the stomach and digestion. Absolutely do not continue this formula if it makes an animal sick.
With my own dried powdered herbs I dose this formula at 1/8 teaspoon twice a day for cats and very small dogs, ¼ teaspoon for dogs 15-39lb, ½ teaspoon twice a day for dogs 40lb-80lb and 1 teaspoon twice a day for dogs greater than 80lbs. There is some variation on this so if a dose is too high for an animal but they do ok on a lower dose use that amount. I recommend starting with half a dose for the first week to make sure they will tolerate it. I sometimes take one day a week off from giving this formula. Cats sometimes tolerate it better given once a day.
If you are working with a vet, Animal Essential‘s vet line includes a Hoxsey like formula similar to this one and there are other veterinary sources. Boneset should be 10% of the formula if you add it. I also sell this formula with and without boneset in my Kingdom of Basil Etsy Shop.
As with all herbals mentioned on this website please check with your animal’s veterinarian before starting any herbals.