Monday, 27 May 2013

DIY Natural, Herbal Dewormers for Dogs and Cats

In this article:
  1. How to keep your dog and cat’s immune system strong to naturally repel parasites
  2. Foods to include in your dog and cat’s diet to keep your animal parasite-free
  3. Natural wormers and instructions for use.
Conventional wormers are toxic synthetic chemical-based pesticides that harm your dog and cat's immune system, increase toxic load on the liver and kidneys, disrupt the endocrine system, disrupt gut health, harm the heart, and cause harm to the neurological system. In contrast, natural, herbal wormers help reduce your dogs and cat's toxic load and support overall health.

1.0  How to keep your Dog’s, Cat’s Immune
       System Strong

A healthy body is not attractive to parasites – so the key to preventing repeated infestations of intestinal worms is to support the overall health of your companion animal by taking a comprehensive approach…

Signs that your Dog or Cat Might Have an Infestation of Intestinal Parasites

  • Diarrhea;
  • Vomitting;
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances;
  • Weight loss;
  • Eating a lot of food without putting on weight;
  • Anemia (deficiency of red blood cells in the circulatory system);
  • Scudding, scooting;
  • Mild to severe coughing;
  • Scratching – particularly at the base of the tail.

Dogs and cats do get some of the same parasites that we humans are prone to getting, including…

  • Round Worm (common round worm – Ascaris);
  • Hookworm;
  • Tapeworm;
  • Strongyloides – a type of round worm also known as Threadworm, Pinworm, Seatworm, etc.;
  • Trichinella  - a type of round worm that causes (trichinellosisor trichinosis).

2.0  Foods to Include in Your Dog’s or
       Cat’s Diet to Support Deworming 

If your dog or cat does not have an infestation of worms and you are simply deworming your dog or cat once or twice a year as a routine healthcare maintenance program – blockage due to passing worms should not be an issue.

If, however you have never dewormed your dog or cat and/or you know that he/she has an infestation of worms it is very important to pay additional care to ensuring that your dog, cat has enough fibre and moisture in their system during the deworming period. 

Add Beneficial Fluids to the Diet during the Deworming Period

Parsley Water or Rooibos Tea (Dogs, Puppies, Cats)

If your dog or cat has liver problems, kidney or gall bladder problems or is pregnant or lactating do not use parsley water. Parsley is high in oxalates and can cause issues for dogs or cats with renal issues. For dog and cats with renal issues use Rooibos Tea (it is an herb and has zero tannin) instead of parsley water. Read about the health benefits and dosage for Rooibos Tea here.

Add parsley water to your dog’s or cat’s food during deworming treatment.  Parsley is rich in many nutrients; it is also a diuretic – helpful to keep systems working well during deworming.  The recipe for parsley water is provided below.
  • Parsley is an excellent immune system booster...
    Parsley’s volatile oils have been shown to inhibit tumor formation;
  • Parsley is:
    • Rich in antioxidants;
    • Rich in Vitamin A and C, both help to fight disease, Vitamin C is also an anti-inflammatory (important is intestinal walls can be inflamed from parasites adhering to the intestinal wall);
  • Parsley supports cardiovascular health;
  • Parsley helps the body eliminate toxins.
Parsley Water
Boil 1 quart of water;
Add one bunch of fresh parsley (curly parsley, Italian flat leaf parsley, etc.) to the boiling water;
Allow to simmer for 3 minutes;
Remove from heat and allow to cool;
Remove the parsley and discard it;
Pour the liquid into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
1 tbsp parsley water (for every 10 lbs of body weight) once a day for 10 days.

Add Beneficial Foods Your Dog’s, Cat’s Daily Diet During Deworming

When treating your dog or cat for worms it is important to include foods in their diet which will:
  • Help with the expulsion of the parasite (foods ‘scrub’ the weakened worms out of the digestive tract);
  • Boost the immune system;
  • Sooth inflamed intestinal walls;
  • Help to kill parasites and prevent re-infestation...
Add to each meal one of the following (fresh, grated or finely chopped – organic is best) to help cleanse the digestive tract and scrub parasites away in combination with using a dewormer…
  • Carrots ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day, or;
  • Beets ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day, or;
  • Turnip  ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day.
Foods that Help to Kill the Parasites and Prevent Re-infestations

Add the following foods to help kill the parasites and prevent re-infestations...

Garlic – dosage, benefits, cautions as provided here. Not for cats or puppies.
 Papaya – fresh finely chopped/crushed, or in powder form (in which case dosage would be as per manufacturers’ instructions);
  • The enzymes in papaya aid digestion and help to irritate and destroy worms from their exterior;
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbs of depending on the size of the dog, puppy, cat or kitten.
Turmeric - naturally contains four anti-parasitic compounds which when present collectively have strong worm-killing properties. Turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory so can help in reducing the inflammation of the intestine walls caused by the worms – dosage for turmeric and health benefits provided here. Can be given to dogs, puppies, cats.

Wheat Germ Oil or Pumpkin Seed Oil – ¼ to 1 tsp (amount depends on the size of the dog, puppy, cat or kitten).

Yogurt or Kefir – Plain, natural yogurt and kefir, no additives, sweeteners - are rich in beneficial probiotics (microorganisms) that help to keep disease causing microorganisms at bay while replenishing the intestinal tract with friendly flora – health benefits and dosage provided here. Can be given to dogs, puppies, cats, kittens.

If you find that your dog or cat enjoys the inclusion of beets, carrots, garlic, lemon, papaya, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, yogurt  in their diet you can continue to give these fresh food stuffs on a daily basis as all have multiple health benefits.  My ten dogs get a variety of these foods on a daily year-round basis.

3.0 Choose a Dewormer
  • Garlic.
  • Grapefruit Seed.
  • Pumpkin (Pepitas) Seed.
  • Cloves.
  • Cloves and Goldenseal.
  • Black Walnut Hull.
Note, worming regimens usually require about 10 days…

Garlic (Allium sativum)
For the treatment, prevention of multiple types of worms and giardia in dog. Not for puppies under 6 months of age. 

  • Garlic is an effective immune system booster and is also effective in preventing and treating an infestation of intestinal worms;
  • Garlic has also been shown to be beneficial in preventing and treating the parasite Giardia.
  • In 2008, a scientific study was done in which Garlic was tested against Ivermectin;
    • Garlic proved to be very effective as an alternative treatment to allopathic interventions such as Ivermectin, which is a pesticide-based preventative.
  • Garlic is also an effective inhibitor against Giardia.
To see all of the health benefits of garlic for your dog – read here.  

How to Include Garlic in Your Dog’s Diet 
  • You can decide to give your dog garlic just during the deworming period, or;
  • You can add garlic to your his/her diet on a daily basis;
    •  I give my dogs fresh garlic - I chop the garlic, let it sit for 15 minutes and then mix-it into their homemade food.
  • Chop, mince, crush or press the garlic and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before giving the garlic to your dog or cat;
  • This gives the allinn and alliinase sufficient time to undergo the enzymic reaction that creates allicin.
Recommended Daily Dosage for Dogs
  • 1 clove fresh garlic (or 1 tsp minced/finely chopped) per every 30 lbs of body weight per day.

How to Include Garlic in Your Cat’s Diet 
Cats are more sensitive to anemia induced by garlic than dogs. The safe dosage of garlic for cat's is not the same as the dosage for dogs. Dogs can have garlic in the right dosage on a daily basis, cats can only have garlic 2 to 3 times a week at most. For this reason garlic cannot be used as a wormer for cats (as they cannot safely ingest enough garlic to be an effective de-wormer. However cats can benefit from the healthful properties of garlic. 
The generally safe dosage for cats (for general health, not for deworming) is a single thin slice of a small garlic clove added to food 2 to 3 times a week. 

Interactions, Cautions
  • If your dog is on a blood thinner:
    • Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog garlic. 
    • Garlic can slow down blood clotting -  garlic may increase the efficacy of the blood thinner warfarin;
    • The dosage of the blood thinner would need to be adjusted for intake of garlic.

Grapefruit Seed – Pulverized Seed or Extract
For treatment of various types of worms in dogs, puppies and cats and kittens

The benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) were first noted in 1972 by physicist Dr. Jacob Harich who observed its broad spectrum use as an antibacterial and antiviral remedy. You can read more about Dr. Jacob Harich and the history of GSE here.

Grapefruit seeds contain active ingredients that are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and more. Grapefruit seed extract is known to be excellent for treating internal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, it is used topically to treat and remedy skin diseases, external injuries and fungal infections.
  • University of Georgia researchers found that GSE is an effective antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasitic agent for fighting many viral and bacterial infections, including E. coli;
  • Additional findings have proven that GSE is a highly effective treatment for:
  • 800 bacterial and viral strains;
  • 100 strains of fungi, and;
  • A multitude of single and multi-celled parasites. 
GSE is also an immune system booster. It contains:
  • Hesperidin (a bioflavonoid), well known for its potent immune system benefits;
  • Vitamin C, Citric  Acid, sterols and multiple additional antioxidants that aid the immune system’s ability to battle infections. 
It is important to note that GSE extract is NOT a truly natural substance. GSE extract is a highly processed substance, processing includes the use of synthetic chemicals.

For additional health benefits, cautions and interactions
Grapefruit Seed Can be Administered Two Ways for Deworming
  • Pulverized seeds can be used as an ingested treatment sprinkled on top of food;
  • Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) drops can be mixed into the food.

Liquid GSE:
  • Minimum dosage - 0.5 drops per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight;
  • Maximum dosage - 10 to 15 drops per every 10 lbs of body weight 3 times a day;
Pulverized GSE:
  • 8 mg per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight.

Pumpkin (Pepitas) Seed or Oil 
Treatment and preventative for hookworms and tape worms in dog, puppies, cats and kittens


Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil provide:
  • Antimicrobial support;
  • Antioxidant support;
  • Nutrient support;
  • Are an anti-carcinogen, and;
  • A dewormer.
Use raw pumpkin seeds - certified organic raw is best.

  • Grind the pumpkin seeds to a fine powder (you can use a mortar and pestle, a coffee grinder, a food processor, etc.);
  • Add the ground pumpkin seeds to your dog’s food once a day for two weeks.
  • As pumpkin seeds are completely non-toxic to dog’s and have many health benefits, i.e.
  • Are a good source of zinc, vitamin A and are high in protein; 
  • You can also choose to add them to your dog’s diet on a regular, daily basis;
    • My dog’s get finely ground pumpkin seeds sprinkled on their food daily. 
    • For more information on the benefits of pumpkin seeds you can read here.
  • 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of body weight, in combination with;
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil (or wheat germ oil) for every 10 lbs of body weight.
  • Ground pumpkin seed should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • If storing for many months, it is best to freeze the ground seeds to avoid loss of health benefits.
For treatment, prevention of multiple types of worms, for dogs. Not for puppies, cats and kittens.

Cloves have many health benefits and have been used for both their medicinal and culinary properties by humans dating back 2000 years.  Their benefit in the fight against internal parasites is two-fold…
  • Cloves contain a compound that increases the white blood cell count which boosts your dog’s immune system – a healthy dog is not a good host for a parasite infestation;
  • Cloves contain potent antibacterial properties and anti-parasitic properties.
As cloves are potent they should not form part of a dog’s regular year-around daily diet. The use of cloves should be restricted to a several week period once or twice a year.
  • Small dogs – use ¼ of a whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once a day for a week, then skip a week and repeat dosage one more time.
  • Medium size dogs - use ½ of a whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once a day for a week, then skip a week and repeat dosage one more time.
  • Large size dogs - use 1 whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once a day for a week, then skip a week and repeat dosage one more time.
Use certified organic if at all possible.

Cautions – do not use whole dry or fresh cloves, ground, powdered cloves, clove oil on pregnant dogs as clove is a uterine stimulant

Cloves plus Goldenseal (Orangeroot, Yellow puccoon)

Treatment, prevention of multiple types of worms, giardia and liver fluke in dogs

Goldenseal is an antimicrobial agent and digestive aid that enhances the medicinal qualities of herbs that it is blended with. Goldenseal contains berberine, a compound that works against parasites such as giardia, liver fluke and pinworms.

Preparation and Dosage:
  • Cloves – as noted above under ‘Cloves’
  • Goldenseal dosage as noted in table below under - blend the appropriate amount of cloves and golden seal and mix into food.
Dog’s Weight
Maximum Dosage of Golden Seal per day
1-10 lbs
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose

Black Walnut Hull (Juglans nigra) 
For treatment of tapeworms and other intestinal worms in dogs only. Not for puppies, cats and kittens.

Black walnut hull:
  • Must be used with caution as they have high levels of tannin and alkaloids.
  • Is not to be used as a regular supplement to daily diet – it is only to be used infrequently as need to de-worm and must be used within the prescribed dosage.
  • Black Walnut Tincture - Treat dog daily but start out with 1 drop per day then increase drops per day to the maximum amount per body weight;
  • Do not use of a prolonged period of time – use for no more than 2 or 3 weeks at a time.
  • Tincture form (regular strength, do not use extra strength) - 1 drop for every 10 pounds of body weight.
  • Capsule form:
    • ¼ of a 500mg capsule for dogs 5 to 25 pounds;
    • ½ capsule for dogs 25 lbs and up.

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  1. Hi, if I use the pumpkin seeds I dont need to use the oil as well do I?

  2. LOVE your page and all the great natural advice I found. Our dogs are on a "raw" foods only diet, and oldest for his health after being poisoned. At 14 he acts as though he's still a pup! Thanks for all the tips on deworming!! Great to see someone with a sense of the psychology of the "parent" and animal....LOLOL........our's are both rescue dogs that came with issues, we love them and have worked hard to earn that love and respect back! Thanks again.

  3. how much grinded pumpkin seed for a cat? you gave amounts for dogs. My cat is about 12 pounds. Thanking you kindly.....

    1. The dosage provided int he article above is by body weight for either dogs or cats - I will repeat it here for you...

      1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of body weight, in combination with;

      1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil (or wheat germ oil) for every 10 lbs of body weight.

      Cheers, Karen

  4. I have 9 beautiful Boxer/Collie pups who are 4 weeks old. Would you recommend the pumpkin seeds dewormer for a first time wormer?

  5. Great site!!! Thank you for all the great information.

  6. Hi, can you give GFS or pumpkin seed to kittens?

    1. You can give kittens pumpkin seed or pumpkin oil

  7. My kitten is 10 weeks old and I just saw visible, live worms in her feces. What is the safest and most effective treatment for her? and would you suggest treating the mother cat and my dog just to be safe?

    1. Use finely ground pumpkin seeds + pumpkin oil and some finely minced fresh ginger (dosage for ginger can be found on my article on ginger)

      Yes you should treat mother and dog

  8. Super article, tonnes of good information. Thank you!

    I was surprised Coconut oil was not included in this list of "anti" foodssince it is anti-fungal,parasitic, bacterial & viral.

    My dogs love their Coco-Nutty Oil, noting when it comes out of the cupboard, LOL. They pirouette for the oil.

    Also, I wondered if the GSE or grapefruit seeds could have contradictions in treatment,as people on blood thinners (heart meds) are told to avoid grapefruit.

    1. Hi JB,

      Coconut oil proper daily dosage and full range of health benefits here I would not rely on coconut oil on its own to provide full deworming.

      GSE has many interactions and should not be used when certain health conditions are present - go to the link provided under the section on GSE above or here

  9. Is it OK to do more than one of these preventative treatments? For example. Can I do DE and pumpkin oil for an older puppy under one year?

  10. Thank you so much for the insight, extremely useful information, and easy-to-read format. I'll probably go the "conventional" treatment route this time (me and the kitty share a small space and I just can't imagine 10 more days with the tapeworms), but I will DEFINITELY use the info you've provided for prevention purposes. This is my 1st time living with a feline. It's quite different from a canine, so I'm learning and adjusting. This site has been a HUGE help. Thanks, again!
    - Mo in GA

  11. Dear Karen!

    Thank You tons for this page! However I just wanted to ask You to clarify, which of the recommended treatments would be safe for my pregnant Pomeranian (she is 4 weeks pregnant), that unfortunately seems to have warms and flees I don't want her to pass them on to her pups! Will be looking forward to hearing form You!

    1. For that you would require a consultation - the fact that she has both fleas and worms points to issues with her diet - which also means that she will continue to get infested unless this is addressed properly.

    2. Dear Karen!

      Her diet has not changed - she is 6 years old and I'm feeding her as usual - grains (rise, oats)+fresh or steamed organic vegetables+yogurt or cottage cheese+ 2 oz/per day dry dog food. I'm guessing that she might have worms, cause I have only dewormed her once about 2 years ago as a precaution, using vet pharmacy medicines. I just wanted to do it again just to be sure. Fleas unfortunately she has - I washed her with natural flee-repellent shampoo a week ago, but yesterday I found a living flee on her. I have ordered DE after reading you article, but just wanted to clarify which other of the recommended products she can use while she's pregnant? We live in a multistory house - there are many dogs and it is a common problem to get fleas in autumn, as they hide in communal area from cold. Please help us with your advice!

    3. As noted above - she has fleas because her diet contains inappropriate items which make her blood acidic - which makes her attractive to fleas and other parasites.

  12. Cats can be difficult when trying to administer worm medication. Can one of your above solutions be baked into a homemade cat treat and still be effective?

    1. No, baking destroys the active properties that make the items effective.

  13. I LOVE this site! I have an 11 Y/O Chihuahua that weighs 5 lbs. He has trachea trouble every few months and is allergic to fleas. No smoking is allowed in my home,no scented candles and so on. I did take him off heartworm pills 2 years ago..that took care of the worms. I don't believe he has worms at this time...but what would you suggest I give just in case? Just the pumpkin seeds or oil? Or a combination of what? Thanks so much in advance!

    1. You can use the seeds or the oil as part of his daily long-term diet to discourage parasites. The efficacy of either to prevent worms depends on the health of his overall diet.

  14. This web site is GREAT!! Thank you for all the great advice!

    Question: you provide a great list of dewormers, but I did not see anything to help against heart worms. Unless I missed it!?

    Thank you!! And keep up the good work! :)

    1. In order to avoid an infestation of heart worm via natural means a dog must be on a properly designed diet, and for that I offer holistic diet nutrition wellness plans.

  15. where would I find the food grade DE?

  16. Hi. What kind of pumpkin seed oil? I have refined virgin oil. I realise unrefined would be better. But is what I have still OK to use and beneficial to dogs? Thanks.

    1. Unrefined is best, but yes you can use the one you have

    2. Thanks for responding.

  17. Are pumpkin seeds safe for cats as a deworming aid? What else is good? I'm really hesitant about using the stuff from the vet. Thanks in advance

    1. Pumpkin seeds are safe for cats as a worm deterrent and deworming aid, and should be used in combination with an appropriate diet. The veterinarian prescribed dewormers are potent pesticides containing toxins and carcinogens. If you require additional help it is available via my consultation services.

  18. Your pack is so cute. I have a little pom that I love, he's so cute and fun. I love reading your tips for natural alternatives.

  19. hello. thank you for your post. i've been taking care of feral cats and they, without surprise, have a host of problems. one cat in particular has been vomiting round worms. when you suggest choosing a dewormer, are you recommending the use of one or can a combination of two or even more be ok? i was thinking of using both DE and grapefruit seed extract in the cats food to attack both the fleas and the round worms. also, should i sprinkle DE all around the yard? thank you for your time and advice!

    1. You can give both. DE can be used around the yard.

  20. Hi Karen,

    I've been following the pumpkin seed deworm treatment for two weeks as of today for my 4-year-old dog with tapeworms. There is no sign that the infestation is going away. Live tapeworms in stool. I am frustrated, knowing that the dog is still suffering the infestation. Any advice? Thank you.

    1. Pumpkin seeds alone will not rid your dog of tapeworms - a consultation on deworming is recommended to resolve this.

  21. Hi Karen,

    My year and a half old, 35 pound dog has been constipated on and off the last three weeks. Recently I noticed worms in his stool. He is eating a species appropriate raw diet. I am planning to give him:

    papaya seed powder
    tumeric tincture
    food grade DE
    grapefruit seed tincture
    ground pumpkin seeds
    crushed cloves
    goldenseal tincture

    Is it ok to do this all together and can I give it for longer than the 10 days to make sure I can get out as much as possible?

    Also, to help with/prevent reinfestation, how often can I give these again? I was not perfect in picking up his poop before, and I know that worms can live a long time in the ground. He likes to lick/groom
    his paws daily, so I am sure he will continue to ingest them... Thank you!

  22. Hi Karen I gave a cat that was infested with tapeworms grinned pumpkin seed and the oil also.He has been on it for about 4 days.Excuse the description but they were coming out of him in large clumps(at least 8 at a time)all twisted together.Is this what I am suppose to expect to happen?

    1. Yes that is what happens when a kittie has a bad infestation.

  23. Hi, thanks for all of this info. This is my first time having a puppy & she has roundworms. She has pooped around our yard. Is there anything I can sprinkle around the yard to kill any possible eggs? I have 2 young children.

  24. Hi, Its there something natural that would cover lungworm ?

  25. Awesome site! We just took in a 5 week old kitten and noticed she's scooting. Going to try the ground pumpkin seeds with DE. I use coconut oil with brewers yeast treats for my dog and she hasn't had worms since i started that. Couldn't find any info that those would be beneficial to kitties too.

  26. Hey Karen,

    I saw something worm like(dead i guess) in my dogs stool and he has been scooting lately so i wanted to go ahead and deworm him, no other symptom. I give him garlic almost daily. I purchased DE and will do for 10 days and also organic raw pumpkin seed but I couldn't find the oil.

    So this page says to give 1/4 tsp per 10 pound of pumpkin seed powder (raja is 12.4lb maltese) but your homemade dog food page says 1/2 tablespoon for small dog so which dose should I use ?

    1. Normal dosage for pumpkin seed is 1/4 tsp up to 1/2 tsp for small dogs.

  27. Which one of these treatments would treat coccidia in dogs? I rescued a young adult with it. I scrub clean pick up waste and it always comes back. Help please. I don't want anymore drugs from the vet. Thank you so much. Love your site!

    1. If you are feeding your dog kibble his/her immune system is not supported, it will instead be weakened so the chance of chronic issue is very high. Read my articles on feeding fresh food. A truly good diet is the primary intervention. Wormers for this issue include a combination of black walnut, DE, Pau D'arco and Golden Paste - go to the articles on my site.


Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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Karen Rosenfeld
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