Many ancient Traditional Medicines have a rich history of plants used as drugs as the first use of medicinal herbs dates back to prehistoric times, with herbs found in graves. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine praise precious ancient books about herbal treatments and people have used the same plant medicine for animals under their care as long as human animal relationships have existed.

In middle ages Benedictine monks were the main source of medical knowledge in Europe and England translating Greek, Roman and Arabian writings on medicine.
In modern period, science has purified and transformed plant components to create pharmaceutical drugs. From that moment on, even if the basis of modern pharmaceutical medicine still remain plants, advocate of herbal medicine is considered a holistic approach, sometimes not recognized from conventional medicine. Why? Insanity?

“Nature itself is the best physician” – Hippocrates

Using herbal remedies now-a-days means treats a patient, both animal and human, by an holistic approach, that means considering the patient as a whole, body, mind and spirit.
Indeed, according to modern point of view (in agreement or not) there are some difference in the way of using herbs. Phytotherapy for example use the plant-derived medications and it is considered a science-based medical practice and thus is distinguished from other more traditional approaches, such as medical herbalism, which relies on an empirical appreciation of medical herbs and which is often linked to traditional knowledge.

Or you can choose a more “extreme” plant remedy use as Dr. Bach did way back in 1900 taking advantage of plant’s energy.
Dr. Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital of London and after research in immunology, he developed an interest in homeopathy, and joined the laboratories of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in 1919. Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine he felt dissatisfied with the way conventional medicine concentrate on diseases and ignore the people  in themselves. He believed that illness is the effect of disharmony between body and mind and attitude of mind played a vital role in maintaining health and recovering from illness. Symptoms of an illness are the external expression of negative emotional states. In 1928 he began work on his own remedies made from plants identifying 38 basic negative states of mind and searching for plant or flower based remedy for each one.

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The Bach Flower remedies discovered by Dr. Edward Bach is a system of 38 Flower Remedies that corrects emotional imbalances where negative emotions are replaced with positive. These remedies work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications and are safe for everyone, including children, pets, elderly and even plants.

“Wonderful as it may seem, relieve your patient of the mood or moods such as are given in this system of healing, and your patient is better”- Dr Edward Bach

A recent study has demonstrated that dogs can mirror the anxiety and negativity of owners. On the contrary relaxed and friendly dogs can pass this on to humans, perhaps helping their owners cope with stress.
Dr Schoberl, of the University of Vienna, said both owners and dogs influenced each other’s coping mechanisms, with the human partner being more influential than the dog. Evidence have shown dogs can pick up emotional information from people and adjust their behavior accordingly. This is the reason why dogs are sensitive to their owners’ emotional states and may mirror their emotions.

Scientific paper is available on PLOS ONE.

The flower therapy is able to help our pet when they have negative emotions just as they help us when we are emotionally out of balance. Unfortunately, we are not able to ask our pet why it acts depressed, but we do know if it misses a friend or gets overly excited around new people and that is how we select the correct remedies for our animals.

We can choose Rock Rose (Helianthemum) flower remedy if our cat experienced panic such as an accident or a thunderstorm and from that moment on he seems to be less fluid when moving. Or why don’t you choose Impatiens (Impatiens Gladulifera) when your dog can’t wait in an obsessively way for his meal or going for a walk?