18 May 2013

Horse Sarcoids

This is my story on how I treated my horse successfully for a sarcoid.  This story occurred quite a few years ago now, and I  have been meaning to share it ever since, as I am sure I am not the only horse owner out there who has had a sarcoid on their horse. After a lot of research and trying to locate ingredients.  A lot of trial and error, and a lot of patience, I eventually won the battle of the sarcoid!

The Equine sarcoid is a form of skin tumour or cancer.  The tumour is restricted to the skin and immediate region under it, however some aggressive forms there is local tissue damage. It does not spread to the internal organs.  The disease is problematic and very difficult to treat.  There are about 6 different forms of sarcoids. 

The road to healing:
My horse got a large lump on the sheath of his groin.  His vet said it was caused by a type of fly larvae that normally affects cattle (bovine papilloma virus) and to inject him with dectomax to kill the larvae.  This helped the swelling reduce. Then it grew back, a wart like growth appeared in the same spot as the swelling, and another growth appeared under his stomach on the girth line.  He also has a slight swelling on his eye. My vet suggested injecting again with dectomax to kill the larvae, but it did not help this time.   The vet took samples of the sarcoid, and cut and quarterized the one out from under his stomach.  The large sarcoid on the sheath of his groin lost the top part of it after another dectomax injection, and is since looking a bit bloody.  Our vet here suggested taking him through to our local horse hospital to get the sarcoid on his groin removed.  I was hesitant as the cost is horrendous and after phoning the horse hospital learnt that the chances of re-growth of the sarcoid are high (about 50%).  A couple of smaller sarcoids started growing around the large one on his groin, and another sarcoid started under his left eye. 

At this stage I took over:
I was desperate, the sarcoid was growing daily at a crazy rate.
The many attempts, External treatment:
- I sprayed the sarcoids with a combination of tea tree oil and echinaforce. 
- I also tried the juice from aloe leaves, and collodial silver as a spray.
- I also tried a cream at great cost called 'Aldara' for cancer growths. 
- I also tried a cream I made from the 'euphorbia ingens' mixed together with aqueous cream.  I am trying a mixture which worked well on my friend's horse of Euphorbia ingens. She applied it neat, but the milk separates after a few minutes, so I am liquidising parts of the plant in aqueous cream and then applying.
Some of these helped for awhile, but none even remotely got rid of the sarcoid.  By this stage the sarcoid was triple the size of the photo shown above. I realized I needed a more action after much research I found a recipe for 'Cansema' the main ingredients being blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis) and Zinc Chloride. 
NB: I would suggest that you research your options and discuss options with your vet first before going this route. 
Internal treatment:
During the entire stage I boosted my horse of a combination of tissue salts (2/3/4/6/7/12 to help with cleansing his blood and to help his skin) vitamin C, a pro-biotic (protexin) and a multi-vitamin boost for horses. 
and the Final attempt, External treatment:
This is the recipe I used.  It is a preferred paste for melanoma and all suspect skin cancer like lesions. This paste also works well for all manner of cancers provided that they have become exposed to, or close to the surface of the skin.

1/2 cup powdered Blood Root (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
1/2 cup Zinc Chloride, crystals or liquid
1/2 cup common white flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
100ml Chaparral extract or 100gm of powdered Chaparral (Larrea mexicana)  I used Sutherlandia* extract instead, as I could not get hold of Chaparral extract in SA. 
- Pre-soak the blood root & zinc chloride in the water overnight. 
- Mix in the flour.
- Heat mixture in a stainless steel double boiler.
- Stir in the Chaparral (or in my case Sutherlandia) using a wooden spoon. Cook for thirty minutes over boiling water, stirring constantly.    
- Allow to cool.
- Put Vaseline around the cancer edge so that the paste does not irritate the skin.
- Apply a layer (2-3mm) of the paste over the affected area and cover with a bandage for 24 hours.
- Then remove the covering but do not disturb the lesion at all,
NB: do not attempt to pull the cancer out at any time, it should fall out in 10 days or so.
- I needed to apply this treatment waiting 2 weeks before each application.  But it worked!!!  (on a sarcoid which was by this stage the length of my hand!)

* Sutherlandia is a plant which is indigenous to the west coast of South Africa and is well known as a helping healer for cancer.

Where to get the ingredients in South Africa
If like me you battled to get these ingredients in South Africa.  After a heck of amount of research, and phoning around.  I had success with getting:
- Blood root from A. White chemist (Tel: 021-4653332 or visit them at 61 Plein Street, Cape town.) 
- You will probably be able to also order the Chaparral from him, however I substituted the Chaparral for 'Sutherlandia' which is more freely available in SA. 
- The Zinc Chloride I got from B&M Scientific (Tel: 021-9338132 in Parow, Cape town)

I hope this article helps your beloved furry friend, as it did mine.  

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  1. Hi. Thank you so much for this info. Our horse has 2 big grows and the 3rd one is starting. We are so worried. But u gave us some hope now. We will get the ingredients as soon as possible and start your treatment. Hold thumbs... Thanks again. Esme Turner Limpopo province

    1. Hi Esme. It's a pleasure, and hope you come right with your horse. I recently had another horse with smaller sarcoids. I tried toothpaste on them (Aquafresh) which worked amazingly. You will find a few sites on the web about Crest toothpaste used successfully on sarcoids. Good luck.


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