POST ID: 2181
Instinctive Self-Healing Power in Animals
Location: North America
Wild animals sometimes show remarkable talents for healing their own diseases, parasitic infections and injuries. For example, monkeys, bears,coatis and some bird species protect themselves from insect bites and fungalinfections by rubbing medicinal plants and insects into their skin. Chimpanzees find natural anti-parasitic herbs to deal with parasites and Elephants will travel miles to find mineral-rich clay to help counter dietary toxins.
Even farm animals and pets, if given the chance, demonstrate an evolutionary "inner wisdom" about their health needs. A growing awareness of the natural medicinal wisdom of the animal kingdom is leading to the new science of "zoopharmacognosy". The first 2 comprehensive accounts of zoopharmacognosy have been published in the form of books called "The Animal Aromatics Workbook" and "Wild Health - How animals keep themselves well and what we can learn from them."
These resources gather together observational, anecdotal and research evidence on the phenomena of self-medication in animals and birds, particularly their propensity, given the opportunity, to seek out "nutraceuticals" - dietary ingredients which help to maintain or regain health. She also reviews the latest information on how animals respond to
wounds, fractures, ageing and death, and the natural strategies that wildlife uses to cope with stress.
Synopsese of these books and ordering links for the U.S. and Canada editions are at: