Hilary Page Self A Modern Horse Herbal

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A Modern Horse Herbal

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This is a detailed guide to medicinal herbs for horses and how they can help in the treatment of a wide range of common ailments. The guide provides an A to Z of common ailments - from allergies to wounds - which can be effectively and safely treated using herbal medicine. It draws on research in herbal medicine as well as in traditional plant-based remedies. Throughout, the author underlines the importance of veterinary consultation, explaining how herbs can be used to complement conventional methods. To provide background information, a materia medica lists the properties of 50 readily obtainable herbs, giving details on habitat, collection, actions and uses, along with folklore and case histories. The author also discusses several non-herbal products, such as vinegar and yoghurt. There are guidelines on how to make herbal preparations, and how to use herbs in compresses and poultices. Advice is given on how remedies are selected and dosages determined, bearing in mind that most herbs take time to bring about a healing reaction. In the final part of the handbook the author describes a range of alternative therapies which can be used alongside conventional or herbal medicine.

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In this informative and well-organized herbal-remedy guide, Hilary Page Self writes from her years of experience using herbal remedies and alternative therapies for common ailments and injuries of her horses as well as using herbs to enhance their overall health. The author never "plays veterinarian," and encourages the consultation of a qualified veterinarian for serious illness and injury. Along with providing a list of common ailments and injuries that can be effectively treated with herbal medicine, the author gives a list of 50 readily obtainable herbs and plant-based remedies that have been useful and proven effective in the treatment of her horses. Detailed advice is given on how to make herbal preparations to be administered orally as well as on the use of herbs in making poultices and compresses. Throughout the book, the author describes situations whereby horses and ponies, if left in the wild, seek out certain plant substances to feed on depending upon what they need nutritionally. She firmly believes that an accepting and positive change in human attitudes toward herbal remedies will ultimately benefit the overall health of horses and that the use of herbal medicine for horses and other animals does not have to be at odds with modern veterinary methods. --Julia King

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