What is Herbal Medicine?

Plants have long been used to treat symptoms, illnesses and disease. Herbal medicine, or botanical medicine, refers to the use of a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for their medicinal purposes. Depending on the medicinal compounds we are interested in using from the plant, different formulations may be recommended or prescribed. Some of the forms in which we use herbs include; Fresh, Dried, Teas, Powder, Capsule, Tablet, Tincture, Cream or Salve.

How do you use herbs to help my pet?

Most herbs are prescribed as herbal formulations, or as a group of multiple herbs. Research has found that when herbs are used in formulations, the herbs have a synergistic, or additive effect on each other, meaning they become more effective than when used alone. Doses of individual herbs can be reduced significantly as well as any toxicity from herbs generally avoided completely. Herbal formulations are always tailored and individualized for your pet for the most effective, most appropriate and safest treatment plan. Almost all of our patients go home at their initial consultation with a specialized herbal plan that was made just for them, with love, in our office!

Where do the herbs come from?

Dr. Pope uses only the highest quality medical grade and organic botanicals from licensed and reputable suppliers she trusts. As a trained and certified veterinary herbalist, she has access to physician only brands and companies, assuring the safest and most potent products. Based on the origin of the plants, and the traditional culture who first identified and starting using the botanical compounds and plants, herbs may derive from Eastern or Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western herbal therapy, Ayurveda or traditional Indian medicine, essential oils, flower essences and more. Dr. Pope has an extensive apothecary to use in the creation of the herbal prescription just for your pet.

What are dietary supplements?

Dietary supplements are meant to fill gaps in nutrition as well as provide nutrients extracted from food or manufactured synthetically. Vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fiber and amino acids fall into this category and some typical dietary supplements prescribed by Dr. Pope include Vitamin D, probiotics, melatonin and fish oils. Dr. Pope has access to and prescribes top quality, physician only brands to ensure her patients are receiving the best products without concern for quality assurance, contamination or adulteration. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the labeling of dietary supplements, over the counter products often contain fillers, heavy metals, hormones and other contaminants instead of the actual ingredient you are hoping to use to try and help heal your pet. A full evaluation by Dr. Pope to determine which dietary supplements are best for your companion, as well as help navigating the abundance of brands and products, will help to determine exactly what is needed and best for your pet.