"The Animal Aromatics Workbook"
Giving Animals the Choice to Select Their Own Natural Medicines
The Animal Aromatics Workbook: Giving wild animals & pet dogs & cats the Choice to Select Their Own Natural Medicines

The Animal Aromatics Workbook is a unique resource and the only comprehensive guide to promoting animal self-selection of secondary compounds, such as essential oils. Whether you are an animal enthusiast, owner, breeder or therapist, this book provides fascinating detail and inspiration as to how to radically enhance the health and well being of your animal companion/s. The book is a remarkable distillation of many years of experience and committed research on the part of the author and deserves to be on the 'must read' list for all who are concerned with animal health and welfare.

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How Wild and Domesticated Animals Keep Themselves Healthy & Self-Medicate Their Diseases - Herbal Medicine

Wild Health

How Animals Keep Themselves Healthy & Self-Medicate Their Diseases
What we can Learn from their Natural Instincts for Self-Preservation

Cindy Engel

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About the Author

Cindy Engel earned a PhD in animal behaviour from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. Her field work has followed the habits of rabbits in England and the movements of jaguars in the jungles of southern Mexico. For the past fifteen years she has been an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Science at The Open University, and she is currently also a consultant in animal behaviour for various commercial organic farms. A freelance radio and television science advisor, she has recently worked on a wildlife series for the National Geographic Channel, and a BBC radio series on the national history of medicine. Cindy has studied holistic human medicine for and is a qualified herbal medicine and shiatsu massage practitioner, living on a smallholding in rural Suffolk with her two children.

Cindy's Ph.D. was a study of the relationship between physiology and behaviour in animals. She has published numerous scientific papers, particularly in the journal Animal Behaviour .







How do animals keep themselves healthy?

This book is an exploratory study of how animals cope with stress, keep themselves well and cure disease and parasitic infections in the wild. It has long been documented that wild animals heal themselves with herbs. Folklore, legends and traditional medicine all lay claim to such feats of self-medication by animals. Until recently though scientists have been reluctant to accept these stories, dismissing them as romantic anthropomorphism. But things are changing as more and more scientists uncover examples of insects, birds and mammals self-medicating their ills. Monkeys, bears, coatis and birds protect themselves from insect bites and fungal infections by rubbing medicinal plants and insects into their skin. Chimpanzees carefully select anti-parasitic medicines to deal with parasites. Elephants roam miles to find the clay they need to help counter dietary toxins and birds line their nests with pungent medicinal leaves and so improve their chicks' chances of survival. This book is the first general overview of the emerging science of "zoopharmacognosy" and describes strategies that can be used to improve the health of animals in our care.

The behavioural strategies animals use to maintain health are explored by resorting to no more mystical explanation than Darwinian natural selection. As these strategies have successfully endured the ravages of evolution, they provide a solid basis by which we might improve the health of captive wild animals, livestock and companion animals. Also, by observing wild health and the many similarities with the human pharmacopia, we may even discover (or rediscover) ways to further improve our own health.

Animal health and medicine are fascinating subjects that have enormous implications for human medical treatment and preventive medicine. Wild animals eat plants that have scientifically proven medicinal properties. They also know how to select the right foods for a nutritionally balanced diet - often with more skill than people do! This book is very timely, coming just as world-wide interest is growing in "nutraceuticals" - the health-promoting ingredients in foods.

Animals even seek out psychoactive substances. They get drunk on fermented fruit, hallucinate on mushrooms, become euphoric with opium poppies. Self-control of breeding is achieved with plant chemicals while other herbs are used as aphrodisiacs, still other natural medications are used to enhance fertility.

"Wild Health" reviews scores of remarkable examples of the ways animals medicate themselves. For example, Desert Tortoises will travel miles to mine the calcium needed to keep their shells strong. Monkeys, bears, coatis, and other animals rub citrus oils and pungent resins into their coats as insecticides and antiseptics to prevent infected insect bites. Chimpanzees swallow hairy leaves folded in a certain way to purge their digestive tracts of parasites. Birds line their nests with medicinal leaves to protect their chicks from blood-sucking mites and lice.

Animal medications have many similarities to human pharmaceuticals. Some early human medicaments, including many practices being revived today as alternative medicine, arose through the observation of animals. As "Wild Health" shows, animals still have a lot to teach us!





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