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Holistic Horse Issue 111

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St John’s WortHypericum perforatum

We know that the spirochete can damage the nervous system, leading to both physical (ataxia) and emotional (behavioral) concerns. This herb is well known for its beneficial action on the whole of the nervous system, helping reduce inflammation, supporting the healing of damaged nerve endings, and acting as a relaxing nervine to reduce stress and anxiety

Herbs for Cellular Detox and Organ Support
Herbal medicine’s aim is to treat the whole body and nothing is more important than providing herbs to support the liver, kidneys, and digestive system’s role in processing and removing waste products and toxins from the body.

Milk ThistleSilybum marianum

Milk thistle has been extensively researched and is recognized as a key herb for liver function, protection, and regeneration. The main constituent is silymarin, which is hepatoprotective and works by helping block the binding sites on the liver membrane, protecting it against a wide variety of poisons. It is also responsible for the generation of new liver cells. The seeds are also rich in glutathione, which give the herb its antioxidant and free radical scavenging actions.


This herb is the supreme cellular detox. It has the ability to pull waste products from the cells and clear the body of accumulated toxins created by inflammation and drugs. It combines particularly well with nettle, which helps support the removal of the waste products from the body.

One of major difficulties in treating Lyme disease is the spirochetes’ ability to adapt and evade various treatments. To help combat this, it’s important to provide a regularly changing herb profile. I recommend alternating the mix of herbs every 2–3 months.

Hilary Self, B.Sc.(Hons), MNIMH (member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists), has authored two books on the use of herbs and complementary therapies for horses. Hilary and her husband live in Somerset, England, where together they run Hilton Herbs, a company that manufactures herbal healthcare products for animals.

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