Articles & Science Papers on Zoopharmacognosy


This page contains links to articles, science papers and books directly related to Zoopharmacognosy.  Also links regarding animal welfare and wellbeing, so it can become a helpful and comprehensive resource.  Ongoing in its development - please email me if there is a link you would like me to consider adding - feedback and suggestions always welcome!

Zoopharmacognosy Articles

Accessible and succinct overview on Zoopharmacognosy and its potential benefits:  "How self-healing animals could save humans: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1127-hance_zoopharmacognosy.html

A great “bite-sized” listing of Cosmos Magazine’s “Zoopharmacognosy Top 9” – from giraffes to starlings! http://archive.cosmosmagazine.com/news/the-zoopharmacognosy-top-nine/

Well-written article by “SkepVet”, who concludes:  “So do animals self-medicate? I would say the answer is a qualified “yes.”  http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2012/10/zoopharmacognosy-do-animals-self-medicate/

Some more great examples of different species that self-medicate, from the Quantum Biologist: http://quantumbiologist.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/zoopharmacognosy/

Zoopharmacognosy: Nature’s Pharmacy Used by Animals (*caution - Wikipedia references!)http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/zoopharmacognosy-natures-pharmacy-used-by-animals-536684.html

Zoopharmacognosy Science Papers

Rounak, S., Apoorva, K. and Shweta, A. (2011). ZOOPHARMACOGNOSY (ANIMAL SELF MEDICATION): A REVIEW International Journal of Research in Ayurveda & Pharmacy IJRAP 2011, 2 (5) 1510-1512 http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/644_pdf.pdf

Ansari, A.M., Khandelwaland N., and Kabra M. (2013). A Review on Zoopharmacognosy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND CHEMICAL SCIENCESVol. 2 (1) Jan-Mar 2013 pp.246-253 (** features curiously identical abstract to the Rounak article above!!)  http://ijpcsonline.com/files/35-382.pdf

Ramen, R. and Kandula, S. (2008)  Self-Medication in Wild Animals. Resonance Vol 13 (3) Mar 2008 pp.245-253http://www.ias.ac.in/resonance/Volumes/13/03/0245-0253.pdf

Current Evidence for Self-Medication in Primates: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. YEARBOOK OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 40:171–200 (1997). MICHAEL A. HUFFMAN Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Aichi, Japan http://studentresearch.wcp.muohio.edu/MedicinalPlants/SelfmedicationPrimates-97.pdf

Huffman, M.A.  (2003). Animal self-medication and ethno-medicine: exploration and exploitation of the medicinal properties of plants. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society62, pp 371-381 (abstract only) http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/PNS2003257