Equine Influenza in Horses- Causes, Symptoms, and Its Herbal Treatment


Equine Influenza is a viral disease that is highly contagious and can easily transmit from one host to another. This viral disease can affect humans and animals too. Horses of one to five years of age are more suspected to easily get this disease. There have occurred many outbreaks of this viral infection worldwide that caused equine illness at high levels. In this article, we will discuss the causative agent and the symptoms seen in the horse with influenza. We shall also discuss the ayurvedic medicines that can treat the Equine influenza virus respectively.

Equine Influenza in Horses


Equine Influenza is a viral respiratory disease that is highly contagious due to transmission through respiratory secretions. The impact of the disease can be mild to moderate to severe. The impact of the virus depends on the immunity levels of a particular horse. The virus can show normal flu-like symptoms to severe symptoms. The virus in some horses causes the destruction of throat and lung cells that are needed by the body. Their regeneration takes a minimum time of two to three weeks. Supportive care and symptomatic treatment can help resolve the symptoms.

Ayurvedic Aspect

Equine Influenza can be characterized as ‘Pratishyay’ in Ayurveda. Pratishyaya is an infectious disease that causes nasal discharge, headache, and other respiratory problems similar to Equine Influenza symptoms. This infection is caused by the imbalance of vatadi doshas in the body. The three doshas aggravation leads to the discharge of thick mucus from the nasal cavity.


ShlokaThe reasons for the accumulation of doshas in shiro and nasagat strotas are indicated as- excessive sleeping, excess talking, drinking too much or too less contaminated water, stopping the natural urge to cry and many other reasons that can aid in the development of pratishyaya. Depending on the percentage of particular dosha involvement the types of pratishyay are classified. Ayurvedic medicines are potent enough to deal with such conditions effectively.


This virus is transmitted from one horse to another through Coughing (air-born disease).

The horse coughs directly into the air and the infected water droplets are released into the environment that is inhaled by other horses.

Indirect transmission of the virus occurs through contaminated surrounding daily used products in the shelter by horses.


Horses infected with the Equine Influenza virus show the symptoms like

  • High Fever
  • Cough
  • Nasal discharge/ runny nose
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Muscles ache
  • Body weakness
  • Enlarged lymph nodes (Under jaw)


The diagnosis is made by the physical appearance that is similar to any influenza virus. To confirm the particular virus involvement some tests are recommended

  • PCR test
  • ELISA test


Rest for two to three weeks is indicated in most cases along with some supportive treatment therapies. Medications are prescribed according to the symptoms and severity of the disease

  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Analgesics
  • Cleaning of nasal discharge
  • Isolation of the infected horse
  • Vaccination

Herbal remedies for the treatment of equine influenza by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a complete Ayurvedic company that treats patients with naturally formed pure best quality Ayurvedic medicines. The company has been treating patients and animals for more than the past 2 decades respectively. Very talented doctors are united in the company to form a team that treats the patient for better outcomes. The medicines prepared are free of all sorts of toxic chemicals and harmful ingredients. The products prepared for the treatment of diseases in animals are too pure that can be tested on humans. The medicines recommended by our doctors for the treatment of equine influenza are listed below in detail

Product List

  1. Vasaka Capsules
  2. Aller-G-Care
  3. Tulsi Capsules
  4. Praanrakshak Churna
  5. Curcumin capsules

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Product Description

1. Vasaka Capsules

These capsules act as dietary supplements for maintaining a healthy respiratory system. During respiratory issues in influenza in horses, these capsules clear the mucous air pathways and facilitate proper airflow to the lungs. The capsules contain the extracts of the herb Malabar nut (Adhatoda vasica) along with other dietary ingredients that support the respiratory system.

Dosage- Give 4 capsules twice daily.

2. Aller-G-Care

Since influenza is considered an allergic disorder, thus these anti-allergic capsules by Planet Ayurveda can help in recovering from the disease. These capsules contain herbal extracts of Haridra (Curcuma longa), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Shirish (Albizia lubbock), etc. These are multipurpose anti-allergic capsules that act to resolve various allergic symptoms of respiratory tract allergies, skin allergies, pollen allergies, etc. They increase the overall immunity of the body which will pacify abnormal symptoms.

Dosage- Give 4 capsules twice daily.

3. Tulsi Capsules

Tulsi is a holy plant with medicinal properties. It has been known for its medicinal effects on viral infections. Tulsi (Holy basil) has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and many more medicinal properties. Tulsi has immunity-enhancing properties that help the body fight against every type of infectious bacteria and virus. It has anti-allergic properties that will facilitate easy recovery from equine influenza. It will increase the overall immunity that will regain the stamina of the horses.

Dosage- Give 2 capsules twice daily.

4. Praanrakshak Churna

This churna preparation contains a mixture of herbal anti-allergic extracts. These herbs in the churna treat many acute and chronic allergies as well as their associated disorders. Herbs used in its preparation are Shirish (Albizia lubbock), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), etc. This churna acts as the best medicine for asthma and other respiratory acute or chronic allergies.

Dosage- Give 5 gm of churna twice a day.

5. Curcumin capsules

These capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain active compounds of Turmeric (Curcumin longa). Without any doubt, every Indian can describe the health benefits of haldi in everyday life. The haldi has uncountable medicinal benefits too. Haldi is used in various medicines in different forms for different purposes. These curcumin capsules along with giloy capsules show marvelous results in preventing the progression of the disease by arresting the replication of the virus. This formula is tested in various replicating diseases including cancer.

Dosage- Give 4 capsules twice a day.

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Equine influenza is not a fatal disease but needs proper evaluation to live a healthy life. Since it is very contagious, it needs early resolving methods to avoid huge breed involvement. You can easily treat this viral infection without the use of chemically formulated medicines. To ask more queries related to horse diseases visit us at www.planetayurveda.com

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of http://www.PlanetAyurveda.com, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit. Read More

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