Studies have shown that as many as 95% of racehorses have some amount of bleeding in their respiratory tracts during hard exercise. Known as exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (aka EIPH, Bleeder Disease, Epistaxis), this bleeding may be severe enough to require treatment in about 50 to 75% of racehorses, and many other performance horses.
WHY USE A NATURAL SUPPLEMENT?
In the past, bleeders have been treated with furosemide (Lasix/Salix), a diuretic that also tends to relax blood vessels, allowing them to accept a larger volume of blood. New regulations in some disciplines limit the use of this treatment, research is investigating other medications or different protocols to reduce the tissue changes that lead to bleeding.
Lung examinations support the theory that scarring and remodeling with narrowing of pulmonary veins causes the rupture of capillaries and the release of blood into the lungs. After capillaries rupture, blood irritates tissues within the lungs, leading to fibrosis (scarring).
Eventually, reduced lung function leads to other health concerns. See this link: Breathing Problems
SYMPTOMS: BLOOD FLOWING IN ONE OR BOTH NOSTRILS, BLOOD TINGED MUCUS, CHOKING SOUNDS DURING EXERCISE, UNABLE TO SUSTAIN SPEED, REPEATED SWALLOWING 15-30 MINUTES POST RACE, DEPRESSION
CAUSES: INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE CAUSES CAPILLARIES TO BURST, LUNG TISSUE DAMAGE, INFLAMMATORY AIRWAY CONDITIONS, SMALL AIRWAY DISEASE, BLOOD ENTERS AIR PASSAGES
REMEDIES: REDUCE ALLERGENS, AVOID EXPOSURE TO MOLD SPORES & FUNGUS, GOOD VENTILATION, IMPROVE FITNESS AND CONDITIONING, SUPPLEMENTS FOR ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCES AND LUNG SUPPORT
ACUPRESSURE POINTS: GV5, GV6, GV7 (PREVENTION) LU11 (TING POINT)