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Herbal medicine: remedies

Contributor(s): Richard Allport, Tim Couzens


  • Herbalists further classify herbs by their properties.
  • As each herb is a complex mixture of chemicals, most remedies have several actions.
  • The skill of the herbalist is to combine remedies together to help heal a specific condition. To understand how this can be achieved it is best to look at each individual action.

Any plants containing aspirin like compounds (such as Meadowsweet and Willow bark) are potentially toxic to cats.


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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Ferguson B (1997) More thoughts on alternative and complementary veterinary medicine. JAVMA 210(2), 168-169.
  • Thompson F, Ashton C, Flaherty C & Crisp T (1996) Do alternative therapies (acupuncture, herbalism, homeopathy, etc) have a role in your practice? Aust Vet J 74(6), 426-427.
  • Eddington N (1982) Herbal medicine. Vet Rec 111(11), 243.
  • Walker J A, Walker J J & Blaikie S G (1982) Herbal medicine. Vet Rec 111(7), 150.

Other sources of information

  • Medical Economics Company (2000) PDR for Herbal Medicines. 2nd edn. ISBN 1 56363 361 2.
  • Schoen A M & Wynn S G (eds) (1998) Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine. Mosby, Missouri. ISBN 0 8151 7994 4.