Emotional and Behavioral Conditions

2011

Herbs For Behavioral Conditions

Prescriptions For Behavioral Conditions

Prescriptions for conditions with anxiety as an underlying feature such as aggression, inappropriate urination, separation anxiety, storm and other phobias, and psychogenic self trauma (lick granulomas and overgrooming) may benefit from the following prescriptions.

Strategy

Consider early, appropriate conventional medication if necessary. Implement appropriate behavioral modification, stress reduction, consistent routine, quality play time, and client education (avoid punishment). Consider pheromones and dietary manipulation. Use adaptogens to reduce the impact of stress and use nervines to reduce nervous tension. Also use herbs with anxiolytic activity. Finally, consider the influence of other health issues such as pain on anxiety.

Chamomile tea (carminative, bitter, spasmolytic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic) should be given for mild anxiety. One-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food is an easy first choice as adjunctive therapy for mild conditions.

For separation anxiety, give Kava kava (anxiolytic, sedative, antispasmodic). The dried herb should be given at 25 to 75 mg / kg, divided daily (optimally TID). The tincture (60% ethanol) should be given at a ratio of 1:2 to 1:3 : 0.5 to 1.5 mL per 10 kg (20 pounds) divided daily (optimally TID) and diluted or combined with other herbs.

Cats may be given Valerian (sedative, hypnotic, carminative, hypotensive, antispasmodic). The dried herb should be given at a dose of 25 to 75 mg / kg divided daily (optimally TID) if extracted and dried; the dose should be tripled or quadrupled if an unprocessed herb is used. The tincture is difficult to give on its own. The tincture usually is made up of 45% to 55% ethanol. It should be given at a ratio of 1:2 to 1:3 : 0.25 to 0.75 mL per 5 kg (10 pounds) divided daily (optimally TID) and diluted or combined with other herbs.

Herbal anxiety support

Use alcohol or glycetract tinctures for best results. Alternatively, teas may be given.

Withania: Tonic, adaptogen, nervine, sedative, anti-inflammatory; 2 parts.

Chamomile: Carminative, bitter, spasmolytic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory; 1 part.

Lemon balm: Anxiolytic, sedative, carminative, anti-spasmodic; 1 part.

Passion flower: Anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anodyne; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

OR use the following herbs in alcohol or glycetract tinctures for best results; alternatively, teas may be given.

Elutherococcus: Adaptogenic, immunomodulatory; 1 part.

Chamomile: Carminative, bitter, spasmolytic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory; 1 part.

Lemon balm: Anxiolytic, sedative, carminative, anti-spasmodic; 1 part.

St. John’s wort: Antidepressant, nervine tonic, anti-inflammatory; 1 part.

Passion flower: Anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anodyne; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Prescription for compulsive disorder

Use alcohol or glycetract tinctures for best results; alternatively, teas may be given.

Elutherococcus: Adaptogenic, immunomodulatory; 1 part.

St. John’s wort: Antidepressant, nervine tonic, anti-inflammatory; 2 parts.

Lemon balm: Anxiolytic, sedative, carminative, anti-spasmodic; 1 part.

Chamomile: Carminative, bitter, spasmolytic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.