The science behind herbs

27th September 2013
Beryl Shuttleworth
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Keeping up with the scientists in the field of natural product research is more complicated than keeping up with the Kardashians. 😉

Although far less research is done into natural products than is done into synthetic patentable medications, there is a lot of good work being done. Because I am a nerd and enjoy reading scientific papers for fun, I keep up with the latest papers. And new things are being discovered all of the time.

What surprises me a lot is how few companies actually do this. Even in the field of human natural remedies, companies tend to stick to the latest fads – giving customers what they want to buy rather than questioning the latest fashion or Facebook phenomenon and producing cutting edge products.

Each of my products has been updated as I discover more information. I want them to get better and better. And some of the ingredients you find in the herbal horse products aren’t found in any others. Because I use science as my starting point.

Then there is the safety aspect.  With a superficial googling of a particular herbal remedy, one could be assured that it is natural and ergo must be safe. Although in most cases, this is true, sometimes it isn’t. Or perhaps there is an interaction between your herbal remedy and another unrelated medication that you (or your horse) might be taking.

As a result I am a bit pedantic about listing any possible side effects or drug interactions on my packaging. It might put some people off, but at least you are aware of what you are buying.

So, if you are bothered by my use of certain ingredients and my rejection of others, speak to me. I’d love to have that discussion with you.

 

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