WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbal medicine is a system of medicine utilizing plants with specific therapeutic benefits. This can include whole or part of the plant and is administered in a variety of ways, including tinctures, teas, whole herbs and capsules.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years in human medicine and hundreds if not thousands of years in veterinary medicine. Over this period of time both scientific data and clinical experience have repeatedly shown therapeutic effects in the body. With the advancement of scientific technology many synthetic or singular components from specific herbs have been developed for medicinal uses. However, most herbalists feel that use of the “whole herb” has greater effect than singular components alone.
WHAT CAN HERBAL MEDICINE BE USED FOR?
Herbal medicine can be used in a wide variety of conditions. It can be used alone or in conjunction with conventional medicine or acupuncture. Common uses include gastrointestinal disease, skin disease, osteoarthritis, liver disease, kidney disease, cancer and illnesses affecting the urinary tract. Virtually every system in the body can be treated and supported by herbal medicine. In some cases herbs are used to help support an organ system either before, during or after an insult and even during certain phases of growth and development. Herbs are frequently given via mouth for consumption, but can also be used topically in a variety of skin conditions and wounds.
Herbal medicine is typically felt to have fewer side effects than conventional medications and when used properly has a large safety margin. However, effective herbal medicine should always be administered by an herbalist after a proper veterinary diagnosis. It is also essential to source herbs from reputable manufacturers to avoid contamination and accuracy of the product.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR MY PET?
Dr. Jacoby will discuss herbal options for your pet after an initial integrative examination. For proper use and selection of herbal medicine, a thorough history and physical examination will be included in this consult. She will also discuss long-term outcome expectations and concurrent use of other medications or holistic modalities. Please schedule an appointment to discuss a holistic plan for your pet!