The study of the Equine Herbal Medicine

Leslie Williamson of the NCTM Senior Lecturing Team; introduces briefly the power of herbal medicine through a brief biochemical explanation yet how simple yet powerful herbal medicine is!

Herbal medicine in its holistic sense engages the whole body and fits within the wholistic paradigm.

When choosing herbs they function best best when simplified using the principles of ‘less is more’ when prescribing.

The body is an integrated whole and the herbal approach to healing recognises this and has stood the test of time for more than 40 thousand years and continues to do so.

Herbs function through biochemical interactions and specific applications, activates the healing process in a way that augments the vital processes of the body.

The biochemical analysis scientifically endorses why herbal medicine is effective and the numerous ingredients work housed within the herbs.

Primarily we should address the important effects of the circulatory and nervous systems connecting to all other systems, when assessing herbs as medicine as these two systems are a part of the ‘transport system’, the vitality and tone of these systems is fundamental to all parts of the body.

Previously we have spoken about the importance of the whole health of our horses, firstly by what the horse was designed to forage and ingest within the various species of grasses on offer, that can supply certain energy requirements, secondly we spoke about how what we feel we need to feed our horses may result in ‘doubling up’ of some purchased products.

It is far more beneficial to the horse when we consider all ingested counterparts to compliment the horses’ energy requirements, the introduction and simplification of prescribing herbs offers the complete nutritional package in line with what we shouldn’t change about what the horse is designed to eat.