Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life 2nd Edition, America’s favorite guide to herbal remedies for pets has received an exciting new update!
Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life 2nd Edition
This valuable resource guide for holistic treatments for dogs, cats, horses, and birds includes updated content and stunning photos of each herb. Sure to be the most appreciated pet reference and treatment book on the shelf.
Millions of years before the first human walked the earth, creatures large and small were using plants as their primary source of healing. In fact, much of our modern medicine originates from what early humans learned through observation of wild animals and their instinctive uses of plants. For instance, we know that Indian tribes of the western United States learned of the powerful antimicrobial properties of Ligusticum porteri by observing bears ingest and roll in the plants to heal themselves. Even today, the plant is still known by many as “bear medicine.”
In the face of diseases such as AIDS and cancer, modern-day pharmaceutical researchers continue to scour the remaining wilds of our planet in search of cures, and once again we are turning to the animals for answers. Zoopharmacognosy, a new discipline of science that investigates how animals use plants to heal themselves, is attracting attention at leading research universities throughout the world. At the fore-front of the zoopharmacognosy effort are Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, a biochemist specializing in natural products and synthetic chemistry, and Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham, who has been studying chimpanzees and gorillas in their native African habitats. Rodriguez and Wrangham have discovered that the apes have an innate ability to select specific plant species for use against internal parasites. In fact, not only can the animals select plants that possess specific medicinal compounds that are effective at expelling their parasites but somehow they know exactly how much plant material is needed to initiate a cure without causing toxic side effects.
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