Horse Herbs
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Welcome Main Menu Contents FAQ Contact us Map & Directions AVMC Services About us Office Hours Research Feedback Cases Therapies Species Various Articles Testimonials Issues Definitions SARSS Links Vacancies Recipes News & Noticeboard Search

 


Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Holistic Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Acupuncture Vet - Herbal Vet - Natural Vet

Oxfordshire (UK) - will travel

Horse Herbs - Horse Herbal Medicine

(Horse - Pony - Donkey - Mule)

 

 

Referrals

FAQ Herbal medicine

Return to Herbs

Return to Horses

Return to Horse Diseases

See also: Horse Cases

Refer to: Care & Administration of Herbal Medicines (.pdf file)

Among all our domestic species, it is possibly true that horses and ponies are the ideal species in which to use herbs. They are archetypal herbivores, relying in the wild upon herbage for all their nutritional, physiological and biochemical needs. They also appear to have the capability to self-medicate with naturally-available herbs (zoopharmacognosy).

Horses generally accept herbal medicines very readily and may even lick them from a suitable receptacle. Failing that, more appetising and tasty herbs can be added to the mixture. We do not advocate adding sugar as a tempter, although local honey may be appropriate in some cases. If a horse is being fed in addition to grazing or hay, it is common practice simply to add herbal medicines to the daily ration.

There is a vast and confusing array of unlicensed commercial and proprietary herbal products and mixtures of herbs available, on the market, each vying for your money. It is not a foregone conclusion that these will be suitable for your horse (or pony or donkey), beneficial, of good quality or even necessary. Caveat emptor - buyer beware. The reasons behind this remark are argued more fully on the Herbs page.

It is important to consult an experienced herb vet, in order to avoid potentially dangerous incompatibility with conventional medication, dangers in pregnancy and lactation and dosing or species anomalies.

Herbal vet application: a sample of the horse diseases and equine conditions that we are called upon to treat with herbal medicine are (in alphabetical order):

Allergy

Arthritis

Asthma

Azoturia

Behavioural Problems

Broken Wind

Colic

COPD

Cough

Crib Biting

Cushings Disease

Cushings Syndrome

Dermatophilus

Diarrhoea

DJD

Equine Dysautonomia

Gastric Ulcer

Grass Sickness

Greasy Heel

Headshaking (Headshaker)

Heaves

Hives

Hoof Quality

Hormonal Problems

Infertility

Itch

Joint

Joint Ill

Laminitis

Ligament

Liver Disease

Lymphangitis

Mareishness

Moonblindness

Mud Fever

Myoglobinuria

Myositis

Navicular

OCD

Pedal Ostitis

Periodic Ophthalmia

Periodic Uveitis

Photosensitisation

Rain Scald

Recurrent Ophthalmia

Recurrent Uveitis

Ringbone

Setfast

Sidebone

Sinusitis

Spavin

Stomach Ulcer

Sunburn

Suspensory

Sweet Itch

Tendon

Tying Up

Urticaria

Uveitis

White Line Separation

Wind Sucking

Wounds

 

Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria

The treatment may also include other therapies, in an integrated programme (e.g. veterinary homeopathy and/or veterinary acupuncture along with natural feeding).

FAQ Herbal medicine

Return to Herbs

Return to Horses

Return to Horse Diseases

See also: Supplements, Products

Herb vet at work: We see animals at the AVMC premises for phytotherapy (herbs) and we regularly visit an area stretching from Wales to London, from Devon to Kent, from South to North Midlands and from Bristol and West Midlands to the Wash and East Anglia. Visits are mainly to see horses but we can also arrange house calls (home visits) for domestic pets. We see many patients from London and visit London homes.

Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding

 

*Herbal vets don't grow on trees but some important herbal medicines do! Take salicylic acid, for instance, harvested from willow bark to give us aspirin. At the AVMC, however, we would give horses and ponies willow bark or meadow sweet (another plant that is rich in salicylate), in the raw state, in preference to the manufactured chemical extract. N.B.: These herbs should not be given in conjunction with conventional NSAIDs and vice versa. The veterinary herbalist should know this but many conventional vets will not, hence the potential dangers.

Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Holistic Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Acupuncture Vet - Herbal Vet - Natural Vet

Copyright AVMC - March 2008

 

This page is about: herbal veterinary medicine - veterinary herbal medicine - veterinary herbalism - herbs for horses - horse herbs - herbs horse - horses herbs - herbs horses - herbs pony - herbs ponies - donkey herbs - herbs donkey - donkey herbal medicine - herbs for donkeys - phytotherapy - veterinary phytotherapy - equine phytotherapy - herbal medicine - horse - pony - donkey - horses - ponies - donkeys - equine - herbs - herb - herb vet - holistic vet - herbal vet - alternative vet - natural vet - integrated vet

 


Welcome ] Up ]

[Main Menu] [FAQ] [ Map & Directions ] [Books etc.] [Contact us ] [Feedback] [Contents] [News & Noticeboard]

This site is subject to frequent ongoing development and expansion
- please revisit frequently, to view new material

Copyright 2007 Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Chinham House, Stanford in the Vale, Oxon SN7 8NQ (UK)
Tel.: #44 (0)1367 710324 - Fax: #44 (0)1367 718243
www.alternativevet.org

holistic vet - homeopathic vet - acupuncture vet - herbal vet - chiropractic vet - natural vet
Created and maintained by AVMC