Herbs have been used for centuries, both for therapeutic and medicinal reasons. They have a long history of being used in Veterinary Medicine – in fact the logo for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s contains an Aloe Vera plant in its emblem!
The principle of herbal medicine is to help the body heal itself, by using herbs to promote health. Unlike the single chemical often found in a ‘conventional’ drug, a herb contains many active ingredients which support each other, and may have several actions to support the body’s health. There are often few if no side effects with most herbal remedies, and they allow health to be promoted holistically.
Many animals can benefit from herbal medicine – from pets, livestock to wild animals.
I’ve used herbs to promote my own and my animals’ health and wellbeing for years – including Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Arnica, Witch Hazel and lots more. But as with any complementary therapy they are not replacements for a proper diagnosis by a medical/ veterinary professional and treatment should be agreed by them.
Different Herbs For Health
Many herbs are versatile, and can help different conditions. For example, Garlic has both an anti-microbial and an anti-catarrhal action.
Garlic is probably one of the most well-known herbs used for health benefits. Valerian is also widely known, particularly with horse or dog owners, as a “calmer”. Valerian has been used for centuries, due to its effect on calming the nervous system and ability to help reduce tension.
Perhaps less well known is the wild herb “Skullcap”, this is also understood to have a calming effect and ability to reduce tension.
Raspberry is a well-known fruit, but not so familiar is that Raspberry leaves are thought to have a tonic effect on the female reproductory system.
Would you like to learn more?
- Have a look at my website for lots of information on herbs and other ways to help your animal’s health holistically at https://www.taranet.co.uk/sitemap/
- Research – Have a look at this research article looking at veterinary herbal remedies by Rastogi, S., Pandey, M. K., Prakash, J., Sharma, A., & Singh, G. N. (2015). Veterinary herbal medicines in India. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 9(18), 155–163. http://doi.org/10.4103/0973-7847.162140
Do Remember That If You Or Your Animal Have Any Ailment or Are On Any Other Treatment Programmes, That Before Using Any Herbs, Get Approval By Your Veterinary Surgeon or GP First!
Until next time,
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