AYURVEDA & ANIMALS
Though human westerners have increasingly looked to the healthy wisdom that Ayurveda offers, few are aware that their animals and pets can benefit just as much from the alternative natural supplements and lifestyle practices as they can.
As mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts, early veterinary medicine focused on animal welfare, treatment therapies, management and surgery. Sali Hotra was the first to be credited as an animal healer and wrote Ayurveda Materia Medica in veterinary medicine.
Ayurvedic herbs and modality have been in use for thousands of years with safety and efficiency proving its track record. Though most Ayur- vedic products are based on body energetics, to the western mind, it should be clear that most Ayurvedic herbs are well researched with basic and clinical research. Combinations of herbal products balance the energetics of other herbs leading to a balanced product.
What’s Your Pet’s Body Type (Prakriti)?
If you own a dog, you may be accustomed to referring to it as large, medium or small. But in Ayurveda, body types are more complex than that. Body typing is a unique concept in Ayurvedic medicine, based on the five elements theory. Determining your pet’s body type allows you to learn how to create balance in their mind, body and spirit, thereby a lowing your pet to achieve and maintain optimal health. Moreover, when your pets are functioning at optimal levels, they benefit not only themselves, but also the world around them. Your pets affect the people and places around them in a positive way. Indeed, your pets’ well-being has a great effect on everything and everyone they come across.
In individuals and pets, the five elements manifest as the Tridosha. Dosha means “protective,” or, when out of balance, “disease-producing.” The Tridosha are the three humors, or metabolic forces that make up the mind and body. They are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.