Veterinary Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is as old as mankind itself. Homo sapiens developed in the environment of plants and minerals that were already in place, so they formed an essential part of his makeup and consciousness, just as with all the other animal species.
Instinctive self-medication, along with respect of indigenous medical culture, has been lost in our current western 'civilisation', although it is arguably still alive and well in tribal cultures that have retained their independence from the modern commercial world.
Although there appears to be a culture of derision about 'old wives' tales' and old-fashioned superstitions, conventional medicine owes a large proportion of its heritage to herbal medicine. The large multi-national drug companies are actively screening the Amazon Rainforest for possible 'new' medicines, on an ongoing basis.
Sadly, rather than give due credit to herbs for their medicinal capability, our culture cynically harvests these substances in order to synthesise patented chemicals, which can net a £/$ billion fortune for their manufacturer, with greater danger of adverse reactions and less holistic capability.
Christopher Day, herbal vet for more than 40 years, uses these traditional medicines with respect for Nature and respect for ancient traditions.
The AVMC uses Western herbs for preference (and sometimes herbs from other cultures, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic Medicine and Indigenous African Medicine).
Herbs (veterinary herbal medicine) can be used to help many conditions, such as asthma, COPD, arthritis, laminitis, liver complaints, digestive problems, chronic diarrhoea, constipation, hyperexcitability, fears, epilepsy, endocrine disturbances, heart problems, kidney and bladder complaints, immune problems, allergy, head shaking (head-shaking or headshaking), pain control, cancer, skin problems etc.
We use herbs for dogs, cats, horses, ponies and other species.
Herbal medicines can counteract other drug medication given by your vet.
Herbal medicines can dangerously summate with drugs given by your vet.
Herbal medicines can give rise to blood and tiisue residues, meaning that great care must be taken in competition animals and food animals.
Some herbs can be toxic, depending upon quantity given.
For more information, visit the AVMC's major website: www.alternativevet.org/herbs.htm
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