Herbal medicine has a long and respected history, dating back to Biblical times. Chinese medical texts from the Han Dynasty (200 AD) describe hundreds of herbal formulas, many of which are still in use today. A great number of western herbs, such as slippery elm bark, ginger, and chamomile, are discussed in herbals dating back to the 16th century.
Herbs can be used to support the body in many ways. They can be used to supplement conventional medicines in the treatment of acute disease, or as long-term, “tonic” formulas to help strengthen an aging patient. Poor digestion, chronic infections, arthritis, and asthma are only a few of the many disorders that respond to herbal medicine. In addition, herbs are often used as adjunctive therapy for our patients that are also undergoing chemotherapy, to help minimize the side effects of that therapy, and to improve their overall health.
While herbs are the “ultimate” natural remedy, they are also potent medicine, which must be used appropriately. Herbs and herbal formulas are utilized by the body in specific ways, and our domestic pets metabolize them differently than we do. This makes the selection of the correct herbs for your individual pet vitally important.