Ayurveda for animals

The origin of Ayurveda

Ayurveda in the veterinary context

Ayurveda for animals is based on centuries of experience from ancient India. Ayurveda means translated "knowledge of life". Ayurveda is the ethnoveterinary medical system of India and can be summarized in the veterinary context as a teaching for a healthy, happy and long life for animals. It is not a medicine based solely on the administration of remedies, but rather a way of life that maintains health and promotes mental and physical strength, these principles can be wonderfully applied to the keeping and feeding of animals.

How did Ayurveda come into being?

The Ayurveda medicine has become known here in the West mainly in the human medicine. However, Ayurveda is traditionally used in its original length also with animals and that with high treatment success. According to Indian experience and traditions, Ayurveda can be applied to animals according to the same basic principles as to humans and is an essential part of traditional veterinary medicine in India. Ayurveda had a high value in agriculture and animal husbandry. The wealth of experience here was mainly based on observation: animals showed the ancient Ayurvedic village healers which medicinal plants they chose to help themselves. Animals have added so much to Ayurvedic medicine.

What does Ayurvedic veterinary medicine involve?

Ayurveda offers multiple preventive as well as therapeutic measures to promote health and longevity of our beloved animals. It is characterized by its holistic and individualized approach to therapy with constitutionally appropriate diet and daily routine, feed supplements, manual therapy and elimination procedures.

Ayurveda horse Theresa Rosenberg
Ayurveda dog Theresa Rosenberg

Self-healing powers in Ayurvedic medicine

The basic principle of Ayurvedic medicine is based on striving for a healthy balance of all the characteristics (doshas) manifested in the body of the animal and variable due to external influences. For each organ and each functional circuit, for each individual, a specific ratio of the elemental forces is strived for in order to maintain health and to heal illness.

In Ayurveda, a disease is understood as an expression of a functional or structural disorder. Preservation and promotion of health (preventive), as well as the treatment of diseases (therapy) are the focus of the entire Ayurvedic healing system. At the same time, or precisely because of this, the aim is to strengthen the animal's digestion and eliminate toxins. These measures could support the animal in activating its self-healing powers and in balancing excess qualities.

Agni - digestive fire as the key

Agni, the digestive fire, also plays a special role, as this is the flywheel of the inner forces and is therefore essential for our self-healing power. The food our animal ingests, weather influences such as cold, wind, sun and rain, psychological stimuli and stress and much more influence our Agni in its power. To put it simply: if our Agni gets into disarray, a Dosha balancing by our Agni is no longer possible. The transport channels (srotas) become blocked and metabolic intermediates are formed which are deposited in the body. All in all these components weaken the animal health.

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