Principles & Practices of Herbalism

Herbs as Alternatives to Conventional Medicines

Herbal medicine, rooted in centuries of traditional knowledge and natural remedies, presents a compelling alternative to pharmaceuticals for those seeking a holistic and gentle approach to wellness.

Embracing the healing power of plants, herbal remedies often offer a more nuanced and balanced interaction with the body, working in harmony with its natural processes.

The rich history of herbal medicine across various cultures provides a foundation of accumulated wisdom, contributing to the diverse array of plant-based solutions available.

Contrasting Drugs and Herbal Approaches

Similar to drugs, herbs can be used to treat a wide range of physical and emotional issues. Unlike many drugs, however, herbs are relatively safe and gentle - they are forgiving, offering a much greater margin of error and fewer adverse side effects.

The key difference between conventional drugs and herbs, is that drugs are typically composed of specific chemical compounds (often isolated from an herbal source). To the herbalist the presence of scientifically proven compounds is only part of what makes a plant useful. "The whole plant is always greater, and usually safer, than the sum of it's parts".


Things to bear in mind, however, when changing to herbal remedies:

Longer Term Benefits

Herbs are slower acting than most drugs. The difference between an herbal therapy and a shot of a traditional drug often amounts to a day or two of patient waiting. This is why herbs are often suited to treating chronic, rather than acute, conditions.

Manage Expectations

When using herbs don't expect results beyond those you would expect from drugs that you are replacing. The curative depth of the therapy remains the same.


It's crucial to note that while herbs may offer benefits, they can interact with medications, potentially affecting their efficacy or causing adverse effects. It's important to consider potential herb-drug interactions and consult with healthcare professionals when appropriate.

Indicators of Toxicity

We advise watching the animal for any signs of adverse reaction. In most cases where an animal is hypersensitive (or allergic) to an herb or has received too much they will vomit shortly after administration. Other indicators of toxicity include itching, photosensitivity and diarrhoea.

When to take your dog to the vet

Our products are aimed at enabling you to be somewhat self-sufficient in ensuring the health and welfare of your canine companions. However, there are some problems that caregivers should not attempt to treat on their own at home.

This includes:

  • Any life threatening situation such as poisoning, major trauma, bleeding, broken bones
  • Immediate pain relief should always be dealt with through conventional medicines.
  • Although there are herbs with pain relieving action, they are nowhere near as effective as conventional drugs and no pet should be left in pain in any instance.
  • Any instances were treating an acute problem at home doesn't get better in a few days.