From combat soldiers to man's best friend, Yunnan Baiyao is what you need!
The mountains of Yunnan Province in Southern China are known for their great beauty. Natural resources are very abundant and contribute much to the Chinese economy. The capital city, Kunming, has become an important industrial center. The place is rich in history and culture. It has seen both bad and good times in the past century. War has plagued the area at several points in history.
The Sino-Japanese War and the Second World War changed the landscape of the province. Refugees fleeing the Japanese invaders found themselves in Yunnan. The area never fell to the Japanese but it was bombed constantly. To help wounded soldiers and civilians alike, something was needed to help stop the bleeding. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was able to help out. The same beautiful mountains which hid bountiful resources also hid a certain medicine that continues to work wonders today!
Introducing the Yunnan Baiyao Collection!
What is Yunnan Baiyao?
As the name suggests, Yunnan Baiyao was created in the Southern Province of Yunnan in China. A Doctor from Kunming, Mr. Qu Huangzhang invented it in 1902. The literal translation of Yunnan Baiyao is White medicine of Yunnan or Yunnan White Drug.
The formula for Yunnan Baiyao is a closely-guarded State secret. The group of pharmaceutical companies which produces this formula is also State-owned. It is considered a national treasure by many of the Chinese people and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners because of its use during China's troubled past. During one battle in the Sino-Japanese War, Chinese soldiers used Yunnan Baiyao powder to stop bleeding in bomb and bullet holes as well as to relieve the pain.
From its humble beginnings as a simple white powder used to treat wounds and stop bleeding, there are now different kinds of products which contain Yunnan Baiyao. The 21st century has seen innovations to the traditional product. There are Yunnan Baiyao infused bandages to aerosol based Yunnan Baiyao sprays, toothpastes, and hemorrhoid creams.
One popular innovation is the Yunnan Baiyao capsule. This comes in a pack and is used to stop bleeding and relieve pain in both humans and dogs! More on Yunnan Baiyao's use for dogs later!
As a result of these innovations, the group of companies which makes Yunnan Baiyao even made it to the Forbes Asia's Fab 50 list of the region's best public companies in both 2015 and 2017! Truly, the legacy of this product is unmatched! At a time when Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is still being looked down upon by many people, this is a remarkable feat.
To say that Yunnan Baiyao is not proven by Western Medical Science is also not true. Western Medicine practitioners have been researching extensively and some of their works can even be found online. Clinical studies have been conducted to see whether or not the powerful concoction of herbs found in the Yunnan Baiyao collection of products are really effective. Of course, this is not surprising to practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who have been using Yunnan Baiyao to stop bleeding, relieve pain, and treat other illnesses for more than one hundred years.
Some Western studies even promote Yunnan Baiyao for the following:
-as a dietary supplement
-to stop internal bleeding (in both dogs and humans)
-as cancer therapy
-as relief from aches, muscle and joint pains, arthritis, bruises, and frostbite
Because of the unique mix of herbs, the Yunnan Baiyao formula has been seen to have hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial benefits in both animals and humans.
Other clinical trials claim that Yunnan Baiyao is effective as an alternative treatment to stop bleeding in the uterus and ulcers in the colon. According to some doctors, it also good to use after surgery to help with blood loss and pain relief. Yunnan Baiyao may improve circulation and reduce swelling or bruises when taken orally. The uses of this product in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) seem to be never-ending.
If it is for man, is it also for man's best friend? Is Yunnan Baiyao good for dogs?
Some of the more interesting clinical studies to come out of the west is Yunnan Baiyao's use on dogs.
Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer in the blood vessel walls. It affects the spleen and the heart. It is common in many breeds of dogs and causes a lot of internal bleeding. Yunnan Baiyao may be used to make sure such bleeding is stopped or at least lessened in dogs, with added pain relief as a plus. Some assume that this works because Yunnan Baiyao activates platelets. These are small blood components that help make the blood clot. As we know from the study of the body, scabs are formed when the blood clots. Scabs are the natural way of stopping bleeding quickly in both humans and animals, including dogs.
The past decade has seen the rise of Yunnan Baiyao capsules to help treat common household pets such as dogs. These studies cannot be ignored and there are legitimate organizations which have taken notice. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA-Angell) has been using Yunnan Baiyao topically and orally for many years as a supplement to help stop bleeding in dogs and other pets.
But what about side effects? Will Yunnan Baiyao have side effects on my dog?
No. One of the studies where Yunnan Baiyao was tried and tested on Beagles show that the medicine seems to be safe for dogs. This is a good sign for our furry friends who may be suffering from internal bleeding and need extra relief from the pain.
How much Yunnan Baiyao should I give to my dog?
-For dogs under 10 lbs, give 1 capsule by mouth one time a day.
-For dogs from 10 to 30 lbs, give 1 capsule by mouth two times a day.
-For dogs above 30 but less than 60 lbs, give 2 capsules two times a day.
-For dogs above 60 lbs, give 2 capsules three times a day.
We suggest that you not give Yunnan Baiyao to your dogs everyday.
For a medicine used to treat wounded warriors, Yunnan Baiyao has shown to work for dogs too!
Note: This article is for informational purposes only. If your dog is sick, consult a veterinarian for the best possible treatment.