Lindsay Cotterell DAEP, Dip. IAZ


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Secondary metabolites are made up of 100s of chemical molecules which can be highly complex.  As an example, Rose has over 300 different compounds, Dandelion Root at least 64 bioactive compounds (Dr Cindy Engel, Wild Health).


 Compounds work in synergy with the body and brain stimulating the need to self-medicate and as a preventative for ailments ranging from parasitic control, inflammation, detoxing and individual psychological well being.  


Growing scientific evidence has identified in a number of plant chemical compounds responsible for alleviating these ailments and the enzyme interaction and processes that take place in the brain influencing the sub-concious via the limbic system, mood states such as fear and rage via the Amygdala, long term memory patterns via the Hippocampus and influencing part of the pituatory gland.


Some of the more commonly researched ingredients where there is scientific support for an extract's use are : St John's Wort, Arnica, Devil's Claw, Garlic, German/Roman Chamomile, Valerian.





M. was imported from Argentina and had spent nearly 3 months on a ship standing on a hard spiked anti-slip floor.  He was very depressed and all hooves showed strong signs of bruising and metabolic episodes.  He has rope scars around his pasterns.  He also suffered back pain and was closed down, distant and afraid as well as uncomfortable when elevating his hooves and being held during my visit. - LINK TO AEP CASESTUDY - TRANSPORT TRAUMA


After one Zoopharmacognosy session he selected mainly emotional oils relating to behaviour/trauma, displaying emotional releases including flehmen response, yawning, licking and chewing with periods of deep processing and relaxation.  He then went on to select Arnica Oil (often selected for shock, emotional and physical bruising).  M has gone on to select St John's Wort (associated with nerve pain and depression) which his owner offers regularly as required.


At the end of the session, for the first time, M. extended his head in my direction and touched my arm, this was the first time he had acknowledged me at all.  Next day his owner emailed me:-


"The other reason for this e-mail is to tell you about M. He's been all over me today, took him down to the school to have a look at his movement from the ground - well, we could have given a demonstration in perfect behaviour, I don't think I had to do more than ask for him to do exactly as I wanted with bells on. We started off lungeing, lovely circles with no contact on the line and a beautiful shape, then trotting poles (so I could look at his action) then finished off with lateral work in hand. I am so pleased that he was able to offer all this with no signs of discomfort the only hesitation was in picking up a right canter lead. I think it's tight hamstrings and a reluctance to engage outside hind. I was wondering if his attitude was connected to the oils.....? All fascinating". D.


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M. relaxed and acknowledging his owner after a Zoopharmacognosy session

COMMENTS: 'I was so impressed and intrigued at the change in Ebony's behaviour and physical well being after her Zoopharmacognosy session. A week before Ebony had had a bad evening of colic due to being in season, and after her session there was a marked improvement in her physical health and a calming in her temperament. I believe that the zoopharmacognosy session helped Ebony no end to move on after having the colic and settled her physiological self further.' Anna and Ebony