Self-Medicating in the Animal World

The science of animal self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy, derived from the roots, zoo (“animal”), pharma(“drug”), and gnosy (“knowing”). It’s not clear how much knowing or learning is involved, but many animals seem to have an innate ability to detect the therapeutic constituents in plants and other natural products.

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