In the meantime, my friend has a Shar Pei that has come down with Shar Pei Fever many times over the years but no vet seemed to want to diagnose it as such. This time, however, one did and recommended a pharmaceutical drug that would cost her about $390 per month and (here's the kicker) her dog would need to take it the rest of his life. That's great if you're independently wealthy but doesn't work for most of us. She asked me if I could help in any way.
I ran off some articles on the causes of Shar Pei Fever and what it does systemically. It seems, essentially, that proteins are unable to be processed fully by the body and lodge in the liver and/or kidneys. If this happens enough times, the dog gets amyloidosis and eventually dies. Since I work with doctors, we had a discussion about what I might do to help prevent amyloidosis and/or flush the organs. Armed with that information, I came home and created a blend for her to put in his food or water. It has 2 parts (tablespoons) Chamomile (anti-inflammatory), 1 1/2 parts Slippery Elm (demulcent to digestive tract), 1 part Dandelion (immune system booster), 1 part Burdock root (kidney cleanser), 1 part Cleavers (urinary tract cleanser and blood purifier), 1 part Cornsilk (liver cleanser), 1/2 part Parsley root (urinary tract cleanser), 1/2 part Echinacea root (immune system booster) and 1/2 part Uva Ursi (urinary tract cleanser). I decocted the roots and then added the leaves to steep for a total of about 25 minutes in 16 ounces of water and then strained it all into a container for her to use. We're going to give him 2 tablespoons twice a day for a week and then switch to a monthly schedule of 3 weeks on and 1 week off where she gives him 1 tablespoon 2x daily. I'll keep you posted.