What are the benefits of herbal medicine? Are there canine herbal healers? Should you consider this natural health care instead of drugs for your dogs illnesses? Is it possible to have side effects?
This is my Lulu and I have no problems giving her natural cures including herbs. Here she is practically going cross eyed over fresh alfalfa sprouts I grew in the window.
This natural healing method has been around for thousands of years so herb benefits are well known.
The downside is many of us don't even know what an herb is, their benefits, or which ones to use without guidance.
To top it off, all brands are not created equal. Since there are no rules or laws in the U.S. concerning potency, we have to do our homework.
An herb is any plant used for a purpose other than its food value. Whether valued for flavor, scent or medicinal qualities, herbs are used in cooking, as medicines and for spiritual purposes.
Herbal healers use these plants and plant extracts for their naturally occurring chemical compounds (phytochemicals). Mainstream medicine has used 122 compounds derived from plant sources to create drugs. Unfortunately since many of these drugs are much more potent, they create unwanted and sometimes dangerous and life altering side effects.
To simplify it, you probably use herbs if you eat or cook fresh whole foods. Some everyday examples are garlic and parsley. Often we have wonderful herbs right under our nose.
I laugh whenever someone complains about dandelions in their lawn because I pick them and share them with my dogs. A bit bitter but an excellent detoxifier.
Herbs will act physically by providing nutrients and substances that promote normal functioning of the body. They can also stimulate natural healing processes. Because of this they fall between drug use and the more subtle effects of homeopathy.
Using herbs can be an integrative part of dog natural health care. Herbs are a less toxic and less invasive form of medicine than allopathic. Herbs work well with naturopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and acupressure therapies.
While herbs are natural and healing, it is possible to overdose. In other words, more is NOT better. Slow and steady always wins the race.
When I work with clients I always ask if the dog is on any drugs. I don't like mixing the two, especially when herbs can be used instead of many (but not all) medications. If you go it on your own, you need to look up possible side effects from mixing the two.
Remember, while they are natural, they still have chemical compounds. After all many drugs were created by mimicking what plants do by chemical replication. Unfortunately the body knows the difference.
Sometimes people contact me sharing a whole laundry list of stuff they are giving to their dogs and it scares the pants off me. More is NOT better.
Remember, nutrition first because food heals. And a few herbs at a time is all a body needs. If you try to build or detoxify too fast it is dangerous to the well being of your dog.
And if you want the benefits of herbal medicine, please use the best so you are assured of purity and potency from testing each and every batch. That's why I only use Natures Sunshine Products.