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

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.