Applied Zoopharmacognosy

Zoopharmacognosy is the practice in which wild animals self medicate using an evolutionary adaptation in which their innate instinct enables them to communicate and relate with medicinal plants within their environment, to bring about health and well being. Unfortunately domestication has restricted the horse's opportunity to use his instinctive knowledge to select nature's medicines. Applied Zoopharmacognosy takes this practice into captive environments. Equinepharmacognosy provides this opportunity by offering a variety of remedies including essential oils, macerated oils, dried herbs and powders whilst always allowing the horse to walk away from a remedy when not needed.

Image of Thomas selecting barley grass

Beth Chamberlin

Beth has always had a love for animals and this has carried on throughout her life. A wealth of knowledge of horses was gained whilst studying for her degree but the journey that lead Beth to Applied Zoopharmacognosy began when her horse Thomas was diagnosed with gastric ulcers. Veterinary treatment proved successful in healing the ulcers but did not solve the problem and the ulcers returned. Beth felt that continuing with this line of treatment was not an option which lead her to researching how she could help her horse. On this journey it led her to researching plant remedies and animal self-medication. Beth found such fascination in the plant remedies that her horse selected and how he responded to them. Thomas was checked again for ulceration and all signs were clear. Her desire to learn more about this lead her to the Academy of Zoopharmacognosy where she studied the science behind this subject. Through the knowledge that she has gained Beth has observed her own animals and has implemented this work with her own flock of sheep. Today Beth continues to help animals by providing them with the opportunity to heal themselves. Beth lectures to college and university students, appeared on BBC radio Suffolk and has written numerous articles. The subject of Applied Zoopharmacognosy is continually developing and Beth returns regularly to the Academy of Zoopharmacognosy to develop her knowledge but gives great thanks to the animals that have been her teachers. Her goals are to take this work internationally and to be able to work with more animal species to further her knowledge.