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Herbal Remedies

The use of herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been practiced for millennia all over the world.

Black Cat and Dog sitting next to each other in the park in the fall.  Cat is looking at the Dog.
Black Cat and Dog sitting next to each other in the park in the fall.  Cat is looking at the Dog.

Overview

The use of herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been practiced for millennia all over the world. Veterinary herbal medicines include Western herbs, Ayurvedic herbs from India, traditional Chinese herbs, and many others. Modern pharmaceuticals evolved from herbal medicine, but today’s drugs typically isolate individual compounds.

Herbalists believe that whole plants provide a broad spectrum of desirable effects, from specialized nutrition (herbs contain vitamins and minerals that drugs do not) to synergy of the various components, which may allow lower doses of pharmacologic ingredients to be used.