Many caregivers and cat feeders have suffered from financial hardship as a result of hefty medical bills incurred by their community cats.  An unnecessary cost and unwarranted for these kind souls.  A page is dedicated to clear misconception on the use of herbal remedy on animals.   It does not require rocket science to understand the following, just an appeal to your sense of logic, open-mindedness and integrity. This white feline is about 17-year of age.  It is under the care of Mdm Ellen Teo in her cattery.  It suffers from a growth on its left ear as usual case it requires a surgical operation.  Due to Mdm Ellen’s financial situation and her open-mindedness to experiment with eastern medicine, she feeds it with Panax Notoginseng pills to reduce the cat’s swelling and pain.  After a ten-day course of Panax Notoginseng, the growth reduced in size and subsequently healed.  See photo.

Mdm Ellen's cat recovered from a growth on its left ear after a ten-day course of PanaxNotoginseng

Mdm Ellen's cat recovered from a growth on its left ear after a ten-day course of PanaxNotoginseng

Bullert was suffering from a niggling cough as a result of fluid in its lungs. After feeding it with PanaxNotoginseng, the cough was eradicated but not its death a few months later.  Bullert: 1993 – 2007

Bullert was suffering from a niggling cough and after being fed with PanaxNotoginseng, the cough was eradicated but not its death many months later.

Bullert was suffering from a niggling cough and after being fed with PanaxNotoginseng, the cough was eradicated but not its death many months later.

Jo Jo, a bi-colour,  and Lola, a tortoise shell, are two community cats adopted by Mdm Doreen.  Both suffered from gall-bladder stones and recovered.   Lola underwent a surgical operation which cost Mdm Doreen S$200+.  Later a friend of Mdm Doreen suggested the use of Jin Qian Cao pills (Lysimachia) when Jojo suffered from gall-bladder stones.  Jo Jo recovered.

Jojo recovered from gall-bladder stones

Jojo recovered from gall-bladder stones after one and a half day of medication.


Lola underwent a surgical operation to remove its gall-bladder stones. Mdm Doreen came to knew about Jin Qian Cao (Lysimachia) after this.

Jin_qian_cao (Lysimachia)

Mdm Doreen used Jin Qian Cao (Lysimachia) to treat Jojo after a friend's suggestion.

James noticed this tickled tabby was sick and informed me of it.  James couldn’t afford to pick up any more medical tabs so we thought we could administer some TCM pills to it.  On the 7th September, Monday, we located the cat and force-fed it with Barley liquid (Anti-infection properties) and Jin Jian Cao (Lysimachia tablets) and kidney essense pills (Cuscutae and other properties).  The next day, Tues, I caught it urinated.  About two-day later, a kind Indian care giver took this ticked tabby to a neighbourhood animal clinic for treatment.  It was diagnosed as flu viral infection.  Due to some reasons, the cat’s frequent head twitching syndrome was not revealed to the vet.  Nevertheless, James would continue to monitor its health.

Ticked Tabby urinated

Tickled Tabby urinated (Tues)

Ticked Tabby urinated

Tickled Tabby urinated

Close up of crime scene

Close-up of crime scene

Shi Ling Tong (Lysimachia)

Shi Ling Tong (Lysimachia)

Shi Ling Tong (Lysimachia)

Shi Ling Tong (Lysimachia)

As one of Helga’s cats, Stitch, is suffering from gum inflamation, a suggestion is put forth to her for the use of Calculus Bovis (Niu Huang) against detoxification (Gum inflamation). See Helga’s blog on Ash and Stitch. Link

Niu Huang (Calculus Borvis)

Niu Huang (Calculus Borvis)

Calculus Bovis

Calculus Bovis/Niu Huang (Different brand; 60-pills box)

A tip to overcome fungus parasite.An alternative to all cat owners, cat feeders & cat caregivers of alternative treatment instead of expensive conventional vet treatment which does not necessary work in all cases.  Date: 02 February 2011.

Case-study 1: 6 months ago, I rescued & adopted a kitten from a wet market. Later it was found to be inflicted with fungus parasite by the vet.  Soon, all of my 6 cats were inflicted with it.  Only the kitten from the wet market was severely affected – all over the body. Despite a visit to the vet, there wasn’t any improvement to the skin condition.  A little research was made.  I experimented with organic essential oil.

As essential oil contains powerful organic compounds, it can cause irritation to the skin, discretion of amounts to be used is seriously cautioned.  A drop of oil is sufficient to a capful of water and to be applied for once a day.  Take a day break after 3 applications.  Monitor the skin condition.  If parasite is found all over the body, do the same for a month then stop.  Monitor the skin condition again.  If there is an improvement, stop the application.  If there is only slight improvement, repeat the same for another month. Monitor the skin condition again.

Use a forefinger (clean) to dabble diluted essential oil (Lemon) onto the infected parts. To determine if it is a fungus parasite, use a UV light. Purchase it from Mustafa (S$8).  Needless to say all my cats have recovered. Case-study 2: A community cat was found abandoned in Seng Kang MRT months ago. Soon, it was fed by passers-by.  Recently two bald patched appeared on its back.  After 3 to 4 applications of  essential oil remedy, the skin recovered.  See photos below.

There is an expert warning on the usage of essential oils on cats. The argument is a cat does not sweat so these oils cannot be detoxify. However research shows a cat does sweat through its paws. Any accidents occur is the result of the user, not the product.  The same goes for synthetic drugs issued by all pharmaceutical co.  Application & knowledge is the key.   No, I do not work for any essential oil co. Not long ago, a facebook user said her cat suffered skin ailment for many years despite visits to vet. Under a friend’s advice, her cat consumed water melon juice and recovered.  Objective criticisms are welcome.

My cat, Precious, months ago, bald patches.



Weeks ago, Smurfee & Precious.

Smurfee & Precious

Smurfee & Precious

Precious, days ago,





Bobo, weeks ago.



Bobo, days ago.






20 responses to “T.C.M.

  1. Thanks for the useful information!
    I used to give my cats the Herb Lysimachia for urinary problems but only knew it as Jin Qian Cao.

  2. You’re most welcome, Helga.

    You do? Glad to hear that. You really do your homework and care for the cats. Thank you.

    “Jin Qian Cao” literally means gold, money and grass. It is used to describe the colour and shape of the herb. Like little gold coins. See link. Thanks for the comment.

    P/S: Helga, if you can email me the photo of the cat and herbal pills you mention above, I’ll appreciate it. If it’s too much of a hassle, ignore me. I am fine with it too. 🙂


    Pharmaceutical and botanical name.

  3. Here is the link. I have just added a picture.
    I did not use pills, just the dried herb.

    I also would like to get more information about the other herb that I am using (the one in the flower pot) … Do you know its English name?

  4. Thanks for the photos, Helga.

    Oh you don’t use pills? You’ve trained your cats well.

    I am not a T.C.M. pharmacist but a google search reveals it may be Pyrola Calliantba (Botanical name). But it’s not diurectic. The leaves in the photo are more elongated than ovate. I’ll go to Pearl Centre T.C.M. shop and make an inquiry.

    One of its uses: The whole plant of Pyrola calliantha H. Andres, which is named luxiancao in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, is commonly used as a sedative, an analgesic against rheumatoid arthritis.



  5. Thanks for the effort 🙂
    The plant looks different… and was told it’s a diurectic. The taste is quite agreeable to the cats (mixed into some tuna)

  6. Helga, I went to the T.C.M. shop at Pearl Centre around lunchtime earlier today. The retailer told me there were many local herb plants unknown even in mainland China e.g. Tongkat Ali. I told him it’s diuretic and even showed the retailer a photo of the plant on my mobile phone but it yielded no clue.

    My apology. I guess it’s one of the local herb plants. If you can ask for more info. from the person who gives you that herb plant, I’ll be grateful.

  7. Sorry to digress a bit. If you visit Pearl Centre, check out this vegetarian restaurant.

    Happy Realm Vegetarian Food Centre. 100 Eu Tong Sen St #03-16 Pearl Centre, 059812, Singapore. p: 62226141

  8. i’ve found a kitten downstairs my block. can’t keep it tho. i need someone who will take it in.

  9. Hi Cheryl,

    Will you mind take a photo of it so I can post it on facebook and ask for help? At the mean time, can you take care of it, please?

  10. i found it a owner alr. so its ok.

  11. Good to hear, Cheryl. Hope the adoption paper with conditions is signed too.

  12. The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public not to consume the product, Huo Luo Jing Dan, because it contains potent, undeclared Western medicines that cause dangerous side effects like increased blood pressure, weak bones, stomach ulcers and kidney failure.


  13. Cordycepin, Dong Cong Cao, commonly used in T.C.M., is being studied and used to fight cancer.


  14. The use of lysimachia (jin qiao cao) in cats with kidney issues.

    I came across your blog after researching on the use of lysimachia for kidney issues in cats. A friend and I both have cats with kidney stones (oxalate) and know from our vets that it is impossible to dissolve oxalate crystals but we are not for surgery. Have you vere tried lysimachia on cats with kidney issues before? If so, how much should the dose be for a 5kg kitty? One of my community cats also died of kidney failure after vet visits/subq/azodyl. If we have an alternative, we could try this on them when they get sick.
    PS. I am very blessed to have found your site on TCM as I now know of natural and cheaper alternatives. I will now try the organic essence on my bald cat although I do not know if she has fungus and the vet has not been able to tell me what is wrong with her.

    • Hi San, thank you for finding these tips useful. I am merely sharing what our wise ancients have taught us for the past thousand years. As you may have read it, T.C.M. says kidney stones are mineral salts which have harden (Yang) and lodged inside the urinary tract.

      I’ve only administered “Bu Yao Wan” or kidney tonifying pills to my cats for strengthening the essence of the kidney. My late dog spitted it out as I did not have pill pocket at that time. But its niggling cough went away after consuming “Tian Qi Pian”.

      If you read the above, a cat feeder, a friend, named Madam Doreen sent her cat for op. after it was diagnosed with kidney stones. It cost her some money. When her second cat suffered the same ailment, her friend recommended Lysimachia to her. Madam Doreen administered it to her cat. The cat recovered. I visited her & her kitty was still alive. For a 5-kg kitty, 2 pills each time & not more than 3 times per day. You can insert the pill into a pill pocket (google it) & give it to the cat. On facebook, a poster commented her cat had seen a few vets for the past decade but the skin problem persisted. Someone advised her to let the cat to consume coconut juice. She used watermelon juice instead for convenience. Her cat recovered from the skin ailment. I tried it on my cat. As I wanted something stronger & a shorter healing time, I did a little research & used organic essential oil. My cats as well as the cat at the MRT recovered from all skin ailments. The cat at the MRT started to bald on the same spot again & I applied the organic essential oil on it for the second time. It recovered soon after. I believed the cat at the MRT suffered from malnutrition as a result of low quality pet food. Its immune system was not on an optimal level. You can email me the photo of your cat & we can have a discussion over it. Thank you.

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  16. I am so blessed to find your site…I just return from a petshop who recomend me jin(1) qian(2) cao(3) leaves…my cat who suffering with unitary tract infection (a reoccurance aft several yrs free from it – dur to change of cat biscuits). I have boiled n simmer it and cooking it down before I try on her. I too spent so much on vet fees before…sadly it didnt cure…until i tried devil’s claw which did…but the one i had now is different range and doesnt work as well as previous ones.
    Hope jin qian cao heals her soon.

    I have also another cat having severe bald problems…is there an email i can write to and send photos of my male cat. Please guide me about the essential oil…how to use and apply and does he need to wear collar to avoid licking it..Is licking it off safe ?

    • Hi Salimah, one of my cats suffer from U.T.I, after spending hundreds, no result so I buy San Jin tablets from Pearl Centre level 2 (No, I am not working over there). You can google it. My cat recovers from U.T.I. For balding, it may me furmites, for fast result, you can buy western drug like revolution. Apply 0.02Ml, just a drop on the back of the cat’s neck. For natural treatment, use essential oils. Essential oils are powerful so be careful on how much to use them. You can also give coconut oil to your cat for consumption on top of topical treatment . Yes, coconut oil. Buy them from organic shops. Hope your cat recovers soon.

      • She did recovered aft giving 10cc (use a shringe and pumped into her mouth) of jin qian cao every 4hr. I mixed 8cc with wet food at meals times. Her bleeding stopped on 3rd day so did her straining.
        I will look out for San Jin as you suggested.
        For baldness I did tried organic coconut oil apply and oral but did little progress. I did tried revolution but also no result. I have yet to find and try the essential oils.

      • I see. I’ve replied to you via email. I’d like to assist you on essential oil. Pls reply to my email. Thank you.

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