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Lindsay Cotterell DAEP, Dip IAZ
based on science and observational research
ZOO - PHARMACO - GNOSY
ANIMAL - REMEDY - KNOWING
(Dr.Eloy Rodriguez a biochemistry biochemist at Cornell University)
Zoopharmacognosy is not viewed as an alternative or complementary therapy, but has as its foundation 1000's of years of observational and increasing evidence based scientific research on an animal’s innate ability to naturally forage plants and use secondary metabolites of essential oils, algae, clay and other natural remedies to prevent disease, self medicate and maintain health.
Secondary metabolites are produced by plants acting as protective mechanisms to ensure health and continuation of the species, they are not classified as a food to fulfill hunger but for their immediate therapeutic needs and their nutrients as supplements.
The use of plant extracts is supported by up to date research which defines how they enter the cell membrane and influence cellular activity in the brain and nervous system.
Secondary compounds are often selected to address parasite infestation, inflammation, nerve pain, detox, fungal/bacterial infections and restore psychological balance
The main routes of entry into the body are by Ingestion, Inhalation, Sublingual (membranes in the mouth, under the tongue) and Topically.
Zoopharmacognosy is the evolutionary mechanism which enables animals to maintain their health in their natural environment. It is this built in ability which is the key to maintaining their health in domesticity.- Caroline Ingraham, Ingraham Acadamy of Zoopharmacognosy -Abstracts
The Flehmen response - using the vomeronasal organ (via the mouth) taking aromas directly to the limbic system in the brain
This horse displayed a strong reaction to Corn Flower Water, yawning and releasing tension and a short period of intense relaxation followed.
Corn Flower Water can have a strong soporific, relaxing affect and is often selected before going on to take further plant extracts that are required.
After relaxation this particular horse became more focussed on her needs and selected accordingly
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Some good news: I just wanted to let you know that the chiropractor came back out to see Beans yesterday. Last time she visited she was concerned with Beans' movement - particularly the right fore. I mentioned that Beans had selected German Chamomile during his oils session with you and that you had said it had anti-inflammatory properties. She was impressed and suggested some other stronger, more orthodox anti-inflammatories for me to use to help him with his problems. However, I was reluctant and just wanted to pursue Beans' choice, so I ordered some dried Chamomile, along with some oil which I could continue to offer him. When Jane came out so see Beans yesterday she was pleasantly surprised to see that he was moving more freely on his right fore. All I have given him is the chamomile and some rosehip shells (which he devours). I think it must be doing some good!! I love it that he gave us this information and you gave him the ability to do that - thank you!! Jacquie (April '11)