The healing power of animals is an ancient knowledge.
Additionally, science can confirm the reasons why many animals have incredible healing powers. Let’s find out more below:
1. Healing Power of Dog’s Saliva
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks were privy to these secrets thousands of years ago, and even dedicated temples and cities to the healing power of a sympathetic lick to a wound, from man’s best friend. Initially, this seems counter-intuitive. Experts have taught us that a dog’s saliva contains anaerobic bacterium like Pasteurella, which can cause dangerous infections in deep open wounds that can lead to amputations.
But the healing properties are uncanny enough to encourage scientists to study dog saliva to isolate the features which are curative, to ascertain if humans also have those same properties in their saliva.
So thanks to this research, it turns out that licking your own wounds is also a good idea. Your saliva also contains nitrate, and when this compound comes into contact with your skin, it converts to nitric oxide, which defends against bacterial infections. Additionally, there is a nerve growth protein in saliva that can heal wounds twice as fast. It seems that a mother’s magic kiss to a child’s boo-boo truly does contain magic.
2. Cat’s purring mends broken bones
There is a real reason behind the saying that a cat has nine lives, and the secret to it lies in the power of their purring. Cat’s seem remarkably capable of surviving events that should, for all intents and purposes, kill them – one example being when a cat survived a 45-storey fall to the ground.
Scientists have discovered that certain sound frequencies can reduce pain, mend muscles and tendons, and even strengthen bone density. Humans use this discovery in the real world, or should we say outer space. Astronauts wear vibrating plates on their feet to prevent bone deterioration.
Those healing frequency ranges are the same in the purrs from a housecat: 25-50 Hz. Considering that cats so rarely experience problems in their joints or bones, this comes as no surprise. Unsurprisingly this explains a famous vet saying: ‘If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal.’
3. Rats can sniff out disease
In parts of Africa, the most efficient way to detect the deadly disease Tuberculosis is through a rather unusual lab assistant – the giant rat. In fact, they are so skilled at catching this disease, what normally would take an entire day of sample evaluation by a human lab technician, only takes a rat 10 minutes.
Experts have trained these rats to correlate receiving a reward with detecting a correct specimen. In a world where much cruelty occurs to lab rats, this job seems to be one which proves very lucrative to this particular rodent.
Of course, nothing is foolproof, and the rats cannot distinguish between treatable Tuberculosis and Claquin, it’s drug resistant strain. Also, their detection accuracy is only at 70%. So for now, human scientists do not have to fear becoming redundant.
4. Hibernating bears hold the secret to Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Top 7 Animals with Incredible Healing Powers – Hibernating Bears
It has always seemed to be a mystery as to why a bear can sleep for an entire winter. Furthermore, it has been a mystery why it does not lose its brain faculties upon awakening. Scientists were curious to see what was occurring and discovered a protein (RBM3). Bears produce RBM3 when they emerge from hibernation so to regrow their neural pathways.
Scientists also noted that RBM3 is produced in humans when therapeutic hypothermia is utilized to protect heart attack victims, their bodies temperatures reduced to 34C in a controlled setting. So now research is looking into a similar therapeutic hypothermia to be used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia patients, with the intent to repair their neural pathways.
So far tests have only taken place on mice suffering the early stages of rodent Alzheimer’s, but the results are very promising.
5. Snakes venom can prevent blood clots
Snake venom is usually associated with an agonizing death if doctors are unable to immediately treat a bite. This has obviously led to researchers analyzing the properties of what precisely the venom does to kill. As a consequence, lead scientists realize that certain properties of this poison can save the lives of those suffering stroke or heart attack.
Scientists isolated a protein called Anfibatide from the venom of the Southeast Asia pit viper. Excitingly, doctors have used Anfibatide successfully in tests on humans in China. Not only does Anfibatide prevent clots from forming, but it also prevents bleeding from persisting. Which is good news, as this has been a downside of previous drugs on the market.
6. Dolphins can heal wounds
Dolphins appear to miraculously survive shark attacks. Vicious attacks that bring swift death to other sea creatures, and the occasional unfortunate human swimmer. Scientists have observed that a bite inflicted by a shark on a dolphin can heal completely within weeks. Furthermore, the dolphin carries on with their life as though they had never experienced injury.
Understandably, this leaves scientists curious as to what are the properties in dolphin blubber that initiate such a speedy healing process. Experts theorize that the utilization of specialized proteins or even stem cells. Scientists hope to be able to isolate these miraculous properties so they may use them in wound healing in humans.
7. Sharks can cure viruses
When looking into the reason why sharks were immune to certain diseases and viruses, scientists uncovered a molecule called ‘squalamine’ which can destroy viruses without harming cells.
No sharks need ever be harmed for the production of this miraculous molecule. Squalamine is now synthetically produced in the laboratory. Viruses that have been successfully inhibited by squalamine include hepatitis B and D, dengue fever virus, amongst others. Additioanlly, certain cancers and eye disorders.
More human clinical trials are obviously necessary. Nevertheless, this curative gift from what we typically view as a vicious and frightening enemy is a sign that in truth they are our healing friend.