Herbalism - Safe Practice
1. Patch Test
If the remedy is a liquid simply rub on a patch of bear skin; dry powders will need to mixed with a little oil or water and then applied to the skin. Wait 24hrs-48hrs and then assess for signs of irritation such as redness, itchy skin, swelling. If there are no signs of an adverse reaction in 24-48 hrs you can use the remedy.
2. Starting Dosage - always begin with a starting dose smaller than the recommended dosage and build gradually each day. For example, give a ⅓ of the recommended amount to test, if no adverse reaction then increase by a third each day until you are at the recommended dosage.
3. Moderation & Respect - It is recommended that you always give the least amount for the alleviation of symptoms. Textbook dosages are wide - you may need less or more. If any negative reactions occur reduce dosages or stop and contact me. Dogs may need remedies for longer or shorter periods than stated.
4. Be Methodical -introduce a single remedy or food at a time so that you can easily exclude a negative reaction. Being methodical also helps to stop interactions that could occur by mixing remedies. It is recommended you keep an observation diary and track any changes for foods/supplements given, stools and water intake.
5. Herbal Changes. Your dog may stop wanting a remedy or suggested food, trust them. Not every herb will suit each dog, in complex cases it may take a few attempts to find the best formula. It is recommended to assess dietary changes every few months to assess nutrient value. It is recommended to give rest days or alternate herbs at least every 6 weeks.
6. Cleansing - the body is not ‘stagnant’ so expect changes in symptoms. Skin eruptions, loose stool or vomiting are all natural ways the body can rid toxicity. Rebalancing is a normal part of the healing process. Anything that lasts for more than a couple of days should be assessed by a veterinarian.
Storage: All herbs and oils received should be transferred into brown, airtight bottles and stored in a dark cool, dry cupboard. Fish oils must be kept in the fridge. Creams should be stored in the fridge during warm periods. Potions should not be used after the consultation period without advice.
You must have a diagnosis from your veterinarian or doctor before consulting. I recommend keeping in good communication with your veterinarian or doctor.
It is advised to keep an observation diary. Include water intake & urine output, energy/alertness, need for warmth or cool, stool frequency and type (soft, greasy, foamy etc.). In the cases of nutritional consultations please include all food provided and the amounts per week. Please send your records to me before your final 6 week consultation, necessary to create the final plan.
I recommend testing Urine Ph (you can buy the strips from the chemist); do this at the beginning of the consultation and then at regular intervals. It is best to take a test from urine first thing in the morning or at consistent times. Please keep a note of the results. Your veterinarian can also organise urine tests.
Regular check-ups and bloods are recommended, especially in serious cases. Blood tests are recommended at the beginning of treatment and anytime after 6 weeks (in serious cases) or every 6 months - 1 year (senior dogs). Please include previous blood results if you have them.
Reducing Environmental Toxicity - Titre tests can help avoid unnecessary vaccination and provide peace of mind over immunity. wormcount.co.uk can analyse stools to see if your dog has worms, avoiding unnecessary intake of pharmaceuticals. Your veterinarian should be able to advise you. Also consider toxins in the home and try switching to organic and/or natural cleansers.
Contraindications It is vital you consult with your veterinarian if you are giving pharmaceuticals or have planned surgery as contraindications can apply. Many herbs contain blood thinning compounds and must be stopped 2 weeks before surgery. Some herbs can potentiate or reduce effectiveness of pharmaceuticals. should make a note of all remedies and additional supplements / pharmaceuticals given and record any reactions (good or bad) that follow.
Nutritional intolerances and allergies: Reactions can be mild such as a loose stool from turmeric (too heating for some dogs) to a serious allergen - as with any substance or food. Natural is not necessarily safe! Patch testing is recommended before using any remedy or food. Given a serious allergy can be life threatening and therefore it is a good idea to test out remedies in the mornings, rather than at night or when medical attention is limited. Whilst I have never come across a serious allergy it is best to be safe.
Currently we have around 70 canine patients and they have all improved, including my cancer canines, only four patients have not responded to date. Whilst naturopathy is very effective not all dogs will respond or some maybe too weak to cope with the healing process. I can not guarantee healing or that my recommendations will be successful. Sometimes it may take multiple consultations to find the root cause. A combination of diet changes, herbal or supplemental additions and/or topical treatments are the most successful. You should follow instructions for full effectiveness. I cannot be held responsible for lack of effect due to incorrect application of my knowledge.
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Herbs, supplements and nutrition are still very much in scientific infancy; however herbs have been used safely for many years. The information I collect is constantly evolving and therefore recommendations may change, always consult for the most up-to-date information. The contents on my pages are for general information only and not intended to take the place of any medical publications, nor are they to be relied upon for the purpose of diagnosis or treatments of dis-ease. I cannot take any responsibility for any loss or injury due to a result of information on this page.
Please note, the most effective way to heal is by healing the whole-body, tailored to the individual and therefore do not recommend commercial foods or specific herbs for a single complaint. ‘PubMed’ is a good resource for allopathic information on particular conditions.