What can herbal self-medication help with?

Long before your pet shows any symptoms they will be aware of what they need to restore themselves back to full health and balance.  Offering remedies before these problems become serious can reduce or prevent illnesses and improve quality of life, however it is not a substitute for veterinary care.

Herbal self-medication, also known as Applied Zoopharmacognosy, has previously been used to support a wide range of physical health problems and emotional issues. We can only take an educated guess at why your animal selects a particular remedy.  Their choices can show us a trend that might point to a reason, but this doesn’t lead to a diagnosis – only vets can do this – but it does help inform what we offer them and how we can support them.

Emotional issues

  • restlessness and stress
  • coping with change including re-homing
  • grief and bereavement
  • anxiety and nervousness, including separation distress
  • diagnosed pain causing aggressive behaviour
  • fear of objects, men, vets or noises including fireworks
  • depression
  • inappropriate toileting
  • obsessive worry and compulsive behaviours including self-mutilation
  • hormone balance after neutering
  • shock and trauma

Physical health problems

  • detox after vaccinations and flea/worm treatments
  • allergies
  • poor digestion and stomach issues
  • eating inappropriate items
  • infections and viruses
  • tumours and growths
  • urinary infections
  • immune deficiency and related conditions
  • sugar balance
  • pain and inflammation in joints, nerves and muscles
  • mobility problems including arthritis
  • travel sickness
  • eye and ear conditions
  • skin, nail/hoof and coat conditions
  • respiratory problems
  • fleas and worms
  • cuts, grazes and scrapes
  • recovery from surgery
  • End-of-life

I offer a Rainbow Bridge session to help you and your dog cope at the end of their life, and help support their transition. Using essential oils, combined with Reiki energy work, you can help both you and your dog relax and be more accepting of the process of dying so you both feel ready for them to pass over, and it can help them to let go gently.

Read more:

What is herbal self-medication?
What happens in a herbal self-medication session?
Herbal self-medication FAQs

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