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Naturopathy for animals: The healing powers of nature

The healing powers of herbs and medicinal plants are used in phytotherapy to alleviate both physical and mental complaints. This method is not only of great benefit to humans, but also to animals.

Naturopathy is playing an increasingly important role in veterinary medicine. The aim is to restore the animal's balance in a natural way and promote its self-healing powers. More and more pet owners prefer alternative treatment methods without chemical medication to support the well-being of their pets.

Naturopathic approaches include homeopathy, Spagyricphytotherapy, acupuncture and aromatherapy. These gentle but effective methods rely on the healing power of nature and support the body's natural regeneration processes. Naturopathy offers a valuable complement to conventional veterinary medicine, especially for chronic illnesses, stress and behavioral problems. It strengthens the immune system, alleviates inflammation and promotes general vitality.

With natural methods, such as the individual spagyric mixtures from Zimply Naturalyour pet's complaints can be alleviated naturally and sustainably.

1. advantages of naturopathy for animals

Naturopathy relies on healing methods that do not put additional strain on the body. Here are some of its most important benefits:

  • Fewer side effectsCompared to conventional medicines, naturopathic preparations are often better tolerated and gentler on the body.
  • Holistic approachNaturopathy views the animal as a whole and not only treats symptoms, but also looks for the cause of illnesses. This leads to more sustainable results and improves general well-being.
  • Strengthening the immune systemThe use of natural remedies can strengthen the immune system and activate the body's self-healing powers.
  • Stress reductionNatural healing methods such as acupuncture and aromatherapy can help reduce stress and anxiety in animals, which is especially beneficial for behavioral problems.

2. the importance of naturopathy in veterinary medicine

What is naturopathy for animals?

Naturopathy for animals comprises various natural healing methods that aim to promote the health of the animal and restore the body's balance. The animal is viewed holistically and its self-healing powers are activated. In contrast to conventional medical approaches, which often focus on combating specific symptoms, naturopathy aims to identify and treat the causes of health problems. It promotes the well-being of the whole organism, taking into account both physical and psychological aspects.

Holistic approach: Naturopathy sees the animal as a unity of body, mind and soul. This view ensures that not only the visible symptoms are treated, but also the underlying causes. For example, behavioral problems can be attributed to stress or anxiety, which in turn can be caused by inadequate nutrition or environmental conditions.

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The difference to conventional treatment methods

Conventional treatment methods often rely on rapid symptom relief through pharmacological or surgical interventions, which can have side effects. Naturopathy, on the other hand, uses gentle, natural remedies that do not burden the body and have a preventative effect. This leads to a long-term promotion of the animal's health and vitality.

Historical background: Traditional use of natural remedies in animals

The traditional use of natural remedies for animals goes back a long way. In ancient Egypt, cats were treated with herbal remedies as sacred animals. Among the Celts, horses had a spiritual significance in addition to their function as farm animals and were cared for using natural methods. In the Middle Ages, horses' hoof ulcers were treated with simple, natural materials such as linen fibers. These traditional approaches laid the foundation for today's naturopathy, which uses gentle methods such as homeopathy and acupuncture to activate the animals' self-healing powers and promote their well-being

3 Not all animals are the same: differences between large and small animals

In naturopathy it is important to note that Not all animals are the same is. There are significant differences between large and farm animals and small and companion animals, each requiring specific approaches and treatments.

Large and farm animals such as horses, cattle and sheep have different physiological needs and responses to naturopathic treatments than small animals and pets. These animals are often kept on farms and have specific health requirements associated with their husbandry and use. For example, horses often require support for their joints and muscles due to the intensive work they perform. Cattle and sheep, on the other hand, benefit from naturopathic approaches to improve digestion and combat parasites.

Small animals and pets such as dogs, cats and small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs usually live in closer contact with humans and therefore have different stress factors and health requirements. These animals particularly benefit from naturopathic methods that reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. For example, Bach flower remedies and aromatherapy can help reduce anxiety and restlessness in pets, while phytotherapy and acupuncture can be used to treat chronic illnesses and promote general well-being.

4. methods of naturopathy for animals

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Bach flowers for animals

Bach flower remedies such as Rescue Remedy are particularly useful for stress relief and emotional balance. These natural essences help with anxiety, restlessness and behavioral problems. They can simply be added to food or water and support the animal's well-being in stressful situations.

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Acupuncture and acupressure for animals

Acupuncture, a central component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), stimulates specific points in the body to regulate blood flow in the meridians. This method can be used to alleviate chronic complaints and to accompany conventional medical treatments. Acupuncture is suitable for dogs, cats, horses and small animals, but should only be carried out by a trained animal acupuncturist to avoid injury.

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Vital mushrooms for animals

Vital mushrooms, also known as mycotherapy, are an important part of naturopathy for animals. This method, which has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, is also gaining popularity in this country. Vital mushrooms have a broad spectrum of effects: they strengthen the immune system and support the detoxification of the body, which strengthens the entire organism. Their effectiveness has already been confirmed in several studies.

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Aromatherapy for animals

Aromatherapy uses essential oils, which are diffused in the room via a diffuser to develop their beneficial effects. Different effects can be achieved depending on the oil used: Some oils promote alertness and vitality, while others have a calming effect and promote healthy sleep. Aromatherapy has a particular effect on emotional well-being and is a useful addition to promoting a healthy mind and body.

5. most important medicinal plants and their application

This bee product has strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Propolis can be used in animals to naturally fight infections and strengthen the immune system. It is particularly useful for skin infections, wounds and to support the respiratory tract.

Aloe vera, green, long spiny leaves

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is known for its healing properties for skin and gastrointestinal problems. In animals, aloe vera gel can be applied directly to wounds or skin irritations to soothe inflammation and speed up healing. Aloe vera juice can help with gastrointestinal problems, but should only be administered in small quantities and after consultation with a veterinary practitioner

Lavender is known for its calming properties. It can help to reduce anxiety and stress in animals. Lavender oil can be used in a diffuser or applied to the coat as a diluted solution.

Rosemary has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It can help to improve circulation and digestion. Rosemary can be added fresh or dried to the feed.

Echinacea strengthens the immune system and helps fight infections. It can be administered as an extract or in dried form, especially during the cold season.

Goldenrod supports kidney function and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It can be helpful for urinary tract problems and is often administered as a tea or tincture.

6. natural health care for animals

The importance of natural health care for your pet

Natural health care plays a crucial role in the prophylaxis and general health promotion of our pets. By using natural methods, the immune system can be strengthened and the risk of illness reduced. Regular naturopathic treatments and a balanced diet contribute significantly to long-term health and vitality.

Nutrition tips for animals

A wholesome, balanced diet is essential for the health of pets. Fresh, natural ingredients should be favored to ensure that all necessary nutrients are absorbed. High quality proteins, healthy fats and a variety of vitamins and minerals are particularly important. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil promote heart health and have anti-inflammatory properties. Natural supplements can usefully supplement the diet and promote well-being. Rosehip powder for vitamin C intake and coconut oil for healthy skin and a shiny coat are valuable supplements. Other supplements such as spirulina and chlorella provide additional nutrients and strengthen the immune system.

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Home remedies for animals

Some home remedies can be effective in supporting your health:

    • Apple cider vinegar: Helps with digestive problems and acts as a natural dewormer.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids: Promote heart health, improve skin and coat quality and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
    • Colloidal silver: Used to treat infections and wounds due to its antibacterial properties.

7. specific areas of application of naturopathy in animals

Osteoarthritis

Natural remedies such as green-lipped mussel extract and turmeric are known for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Green-lipped mussel extract contains omega-3 fatty acids and glycosaminoglycans, which support joint function. Thanks to the curcumin it contains, turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect and can improve the mobility and quality of life of animals with osteoarthritis.

Gastrointestinal problems

Chamomile and fennel are effective natural remedies for soothing the gastrointestinal tract. Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect, while fennel reduces flatulence and aids digestion. Probiotics support healthy gut flora and can help to treat diarrhea and vomiting naturally.

Kidney health

Nettle and dandelion are herbal remedies that support kidney function. Nettle has a diuretic effect and helps to eliminate toxins, while dandelion promotes urination and relieves the kidneys. These plants can help to maintain and improve kidney function.

Constipation

Constipation in dogs can be caused by various factors such as sensitive reactions to bone feed (bone feces). To improve fecal consistency, the amount of fiber in the diet should be increased. Raw meaty bones (RFK) should always be fed with meat to encourage gastric juice production. Herbs such as dandelion and psyllium can help with acute constipation, but should be dosed carefully so as not to have the opposite effect.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a symptom and not a disease in its own right. It often serves as a detoxification function of the organism. As a first measure, the dog should fast for at least one day. After that, you can start with a light diet such as Moros carrot soup and grated apple. Blueberries, blackberries and sage have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be administered directly as tea or dried.

Cough and cold

Dogs can catch colds easily, especially when in contact with other dogs. In the case of kennel cough and similar infections, fennel and thyme strengthen the immune system and alleviate symptoms such as a chesty cough. Fennel honey has an expectorant effect, while thyme and coltsfoot have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. These can be administered as a tea infusion or feed supplement.

8th Zimply Natural - pure herbal medicine for your pet

With natural methods, such as the individual spagyric mixtures from Zimply Naturalyour pet's complaints can be alleviated naturally and sustainably.

At Zimply Natural, we rely on the power of nature to effectively and gently promote the health and well-being of animals. Our health complex for animals is based on a centuries-old natural healing method that Spagyric uses. This process combines the herbal active ingredients and phytotherapeutic elements of Healingplants with their mineral salt qualities as well as the subtle information and the energetic potential of Bach flowers.

9TH FAQ: Questions and answers on the subject of alternative veterinary medicine

How do I find a qualified veterinary practitioner for my pet?

To find a qualified veterinary practitioner, you can ask for recommendations from your vet or search online for reviews. Make sure that the alternative practitioner has sound training and experience in naturopathy. Associations and certifications can also be an indicator of qualification.

Which diseases in animals can be treated particularly well with naturopathy?

Naturopathy is particularly effective for chronic illnesses, stress and behavioral problems, gastrointestinal complaints, skin problems and for generally strengthening the immune system. Healing methods such as acupuncture, phytotherapy and aromatherapy can help to alleviate symptoms and improve the animal's long-term health.

Are there any risks associated with the use of natural remedies in animals?

Although natural remedies are generally gentler than conventional medicines, they can still pose risks if they are used incorrectly. 

Easy to use

The application of your Animal mixtures is very simple: the spray is simply applied according to the dosing instructions on the bottle. In order to achieve the best possible effect and to be able to deal with the causes in the best possible way, we recommend using the spray over a longer period of six to eight weeks. As a kind of cure, spray 3 sprays daily. For animals, the spray can either be sprayed directly into the mouth, mixed into the food or given on treats.

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