Why Herbal Medicine?

At Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, we strive to provide individual options for your pet. That is why we so often turn to Herbal Medicine in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Standard Veterinary Medicine, and Alternative Medicine to find the perfect combination for you pets specific needs.

Herbal medicine — also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine — refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease. The University of Maryland Medical Center


Herbal medicine has been used throughout the world for thousands of years, long before recorded history. Many of today’s pharmaceuticals are made by extracting and modifying the active ingredients of plants or by chemists creating their own versions of plant compounds. Approximately one fourth of todays pharmaceuticals come from plant origins.

Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC. Indigenous cultures (such as African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes. The University of Maryland Medical Center


Scientists have not yet discovered what specific ingredient in a particular herb works to treat an illness or condition because whole herbs contain many ingredients that work synergistically to produce beneficial effects.

Many conditions that are commonly treated with pharmaceuticals can be treated with Herbal Medicine for both pets and people. Ailments such as skin problems, digestive disorders, peptic ulcers, colitis, high blood pressure, arthritis and more can be successfully treated with herbs.

Much of the work in our clinic is based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is a combination of acupuncture, energy theories and herbal prescriptions working synergistically together to bring balance and harmony to your pet’s body. We know that the Herbal Medicine will be much more gentle on your pet’s body than harsh pharmaceuticals, and also much less toxic. We find this holistic approach especially beneficial for geriatric and pets with compromised immunity.

Are you interested in combining the best of Standard Western Veterinary Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Alternative, Herbal, Holistic, and Complementary Options to provide individual options and customized care for your pet? We can offer acupuncture, chiropractic, laser treatments, stem cell therapy, herbal medicines, and much more!

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  • Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (Belle Meade) (615) 750-2248
  • Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (Franklin) (615) 790-8100





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  1. Matthew Johnson says

    Great info! This helps a lot to understand how herbals are so important….thanks!