What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, is probably the oldest system of natural medicine in use today.
Western herbalism, native medicine, traditional chinese medicine and ayurvedic medicine are some well known examples that use herbs in their practice. In fact, all ancient cultures in the world use herbs in one form or another.
Pharmaceutical and veterinary medicines also use herbal plants. The major difference is that modern drugs use only certain active ingredients of the plant which make them very potent, potentially dangerous. Herbal medicine uses the whole plant, which has natural buffers to balance the potent effect, making it safer for the body with little or no side effects.
What other medical systems and products use herbs?
Homeopathy, nutritional supplements, vibrational essences, gemmotherapy, aromatherapy and many others also use herbal plants as healers. Different systems use different aspects of the herb - physical, biochemical, energy and soul essence of the plant - and use different processing methods. Herbs and minerals are definitely the foundation of today's medicine.
The Original Herbalists
Animals have used herbs since the beginning of their existence. They are the original herbalists. Wild animals seem to know intuitively which plants are good for which symptoms and how much to ingest to avoid toxicity.
Herbal medicine originates from human observing wild animals and their instinctive use of plants. Even today, dogs, cats and horses sometimes seek out plants such as garlic, dandelion, cleavers, couch grass and nettles to heal themselves.
How can Herbs help my Pets?
Herbs can benefit ourselves and our pets in many ways. To name just a few, herbalists use herbs to:
- Nourish our bodies
- Strengthen the immune system
- Stimulate organs to detoxify chemicals and waste products from our body
- Drain, heal and regulate the circulation of the lymphatics
- Kill and inhibit growth of bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites
- Disinfect and heal wounds
- Reduce inflammation and irritation of mucous membranes
- Calm nerves
- Strengthen the heart, moderate blood pressure and increase circulation
- Tonify organ and other muscles
- Relieve water retention
How do I know what Herbs to give to my Pets?
Herbal formulations from "WildPet Remedies" are designed for specific pet ailments. This takes the guess work out of herbs selection for you.
You can also study herbs using many herbal books in the market today.
Are Herbs safe to use?
Herbs are safe if used correctly. Any plant can be toxic if use in excess. Many herbs should not be used with pregnant or lactating pets. Overdose of herbs can be harmful, always follow instructions on the label.
Some pets don't like the taste of herbs. Others are allergic to certain herbs. Always start with a small dose, watch for any reactions, and increase gradually. If an allergic reaction happens, use medium to high potency homeopathic remedies to counter its effect or consult a holistic veterinarian.
Certain veterinary drugs may be contraindicative to certain herbs, consult a holistic veterinarian if you have questions.
It is important to note that just because something is natural doesn't mean you can consume with recklessness. Diligence and caution must be taken when using natural, pharmaceutical and veterinary medicines.