ABOUT APPLIED HERBAL CHOICES FOR ANIMALS (AHCA)

When living wild, all animals self-medicate on a daily basis.  Through the senses of scent and taste they instinctively know which plants (or minerals such as clay) they need.  These are then either consumed,  rolled in or the scent inhaled.
When living wild, all animals self-medicate on a daily basis.  Through the senses of scent and taste they instinctively know which plants (or minerals such as clay) they need.  These are then either consumed,  rolled in or the scent inhaled.

For the large majority of domesticated animals the opportunity for self-care is now unavailable and instead we provide them with what we believe to be best for them but which may not supply all that they need. Even when those items are ‘natural’ such as nutritional and herbal supplements, they may not be exactly what is required at the time or in the correct quantity.  There is now a confusing array of herbal and nutrient blends available for both horses and dogs containing a large number of ingredients.  Yet  using the ACHA technique teaches us that animals only want a few botanicals at a time and in varying quantities.  Using blends as a catch all risks being both a wasteful and expensive strategy at best, or 

may not actually provide what is wanted at the time.
 

 

This method is based on Applied Zoopharmacognosy, as developed in the UK by Caroline Ingraham.  During a session, botanicals such as essential oils, dried herbs, herbal macerates (extracts in oil) and highly nutritional powders are offered to allow the animal to make their selection and through their knowledge of animal behaviour, the practitioner facilitates the inhalation, ingestion or application of the items selected.

The session will normally take around 2 hours and entails offering particular essential oils, botanical waters,  nutrients and herbs that are known to calm the nervous system to allow them to focus on selecting what they need to help them at that particular moment.  This could be anything from oils or herbs for pain relief, nutrients that are missing from their diet, items which heal the gut, aid digestion, deter parasites, reduce inflammation or kill microbes. 

Depending on the condition being treated, results can be seen within hours.

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