It reminds me so much one of my other passions, Zoopharmacognosy
, or how animals self medicate in the wild, with plants.
These findings therefore propose the study of animal self-medication (zoopharmacognosy
) as an alternative field in search for new therapeutic leads and drug discovery and further suggest that nonhuman primates feed on the nonnutritive parts of these plants for their therapeutic benefits.
, Animal Self-Medication.
This approach is called zoopharmacognosy
, a term coined by Cornell University biochemistry professor Elroy Rodriguez, Ph.D., to describe how animals self-medicate with plants, soils, and insects to treat and prevent disease.
and epigenetic behavior of mountain wildlife towards Berberis species.
studies note that humans are "content dependent" in relation to the natural world (Sullivan & Hagen 2002:398).
Recent studies on the zoopharmacognosy
, pharmacology and neurotox-icology of sesquiterpene lactones.
How widespread are these apparent examples of zoopharmacognosy
Then pick up this book on a new field in biology called zoopharmacognosy
Key words: Ceratotherium simum, Commiphora marlothii, scent marking, sign-posting, tree rubbing, white rhinos, zoopharmacognosy
An eclectic band of biochemists, zoologists and other specialists who conduct such research have even created a field of study that they call zoopharmacognosy
. These scientists say that the great apes alone consume at least 50 plant species that likely are effective against disorders from stomachaches, to skin parasites, to infertility.
describes the use of medicinal plants by animals.