FAQs about Herbal Remedies
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Many people have questions about herbal remedies for animals. Susan offers answers to several of the most common queries.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a Certified Herbalist, a non-medical practitioner trained in the field of herbal medicine. As an Herbalist I specialize in utilizing the healing properties of plants and other natural substances to improve health, promote healing, and prevent and treat illness.
What is an herb?
Medicinally, an herb is any plant part or plant used for its therapeutic value. Plant parts include seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, and flowers.
Why should I consider herbs for my animal?
Because herbs contain vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that can assist in correcting the underlying factors of imbalances in the body and reverse some of the health-inhibiting conditions that your animal may be experiencing.
Also, herbs can offer your animal a wide range of safe and effective therapeutic properties that can be used as an integral part of your animal’s dietary and health care program.
Are there bad side effects with using herbs?
Animals may react differently to the same herb. For example, certain herbs may cause slight allergic reaction in some animals, while other animals are unaffected.
Some possible side effects are:
- runny eyes and nose
- diarrhea or vomiting
Will herbs interfere with my animals prescription medicines?
Certain herbs can interact with prescription or over the counter medications. These interactions can make drugs less effective. A trained Herbalist can guide you on how to use herbs safely if your animal is taking prescription drugs for a dis-ease condition.
What form and dosage of herbs do I give to my animal?
There are many forms in which herbs can be administered including, tablets, capsules, powders, teas, tinctures, extracts, infusions, and fresh or dried plants. When dosing herbs for your animal, there are specific dosing instructions to follow based on the animal’s weight and herb form being used.
How can an animal herbal therapy session help me and my animal companion?
A session addresses the underlying cause rather than mask the symptoms. You benefit from cost savings as you avoid unnecessary veterinarian bills, preventable surgeries, and long term conventional therapies that only treat the symptoms.
The benefits your companion animal experiences include:
a strengthened immune system
increased life span
improved level of health and vitality that you’ll notice almost immediately
better quality of life
the alleviation of side effects from conventional therapies
a chance to address issues when they are minor rather than life-threatening
and long term health support
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