Most medicine, be it human or veterinary, is made up of reactive properties, in which it is scrambling to try and fix something once it has gone wrong, a great example is taking aspirin once the pain has started! The same is true when it comes to animal medicine. Veterinarian’s spend a huge amount of time trying to treat symptoms and problems that have already occurred.
Herbal medicine is the opposite. Herbalists see your dog’s body as a holistic, intricately balanced organism. The goal of herbal medicine is to gently reestablish and support homeostasis (normal processes) within the whole body, thus proactively maintaining wellness in healthy dogs. Let’s face it, we live in a polluted, stressful world that takes a lot out of us and our pets. Herbs can provide the body additional resources needed to help repair itself.
Herbs have been used for centuries in many cultures including, Ayurvedic, Chinese, Indian & Western. Whatever ailment you are looking to ease or relieve herbal teas can help, whether its aiding digestion, boosting immunity, reducing stress and so much more. Within Chinese medicine herbs in the form of tea are considered a superior delivery mechanism because hot water is the most effective way to extract the vitamins and minerals from the herbs with the added benefit that the tea is easily and quickly absorbed by the body. Herbal teas don't contain tea leaves from the camellia sinensis tea plant (which gives us our traditional teas) - instead, naturally caffeine-free herbal teas consist of parts of the plants such as the roots, leaves, seeds, flowers and/or bark.
Like drugs, herbs can be used to relieve symptoms. However, unlike drugs, herbs are mostly safe and gentle with minimal side effects. Furthermore, most western drugs are a single compound that has been isolated, where herbs are sourced from a medicinal plant that has a myriad of healing compounds.
While herbs can be a great natural alternative for relief, the greatest benefit from herbs for your dog exists in their support of the natural healing mechanisms already present in your dog’s body. Ours and our pet’s bodies want to be healthy, and a combination of herbs, excellent nutrition and proper exercise all work synergistically to over time, help the body build, maintain, and repair itself. The 3 blends of tea from Barking Mad Creations can effectively help to deliver this.
Here’s some of my top tips when utilizing herbs to promote optimal health in your dog:
Dr. Sarah Wooten graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. A member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, Dr. Wooten divides her professional time between a small animal practice in Greeley, Colorado, public speaking on associate issues, leadership, and client communication, and writing. She enjoys camping with her family, skiing, SCUBA, and participating in triathlons.