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Thursday, May 26 • 15:00 - 16:00
Digging deeper - equine phytotherapy

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Herbal medicine is deeply rooted in the relationships between the natural world, plants, humans and other animals. Herbal medicine has emerged from this co-evolution. Ancient traditions and cultures share similar concepts of health, vitality and disease. Metaphors from nature are used to describe these states of health and disease. The traditions of herbal medicine are empirical however there is a pharmacological basis for the traditional descriptions of plant medicines and actions. Modern herbal medicine (phytotherapy) integrates traditional knowledge, clinical skills and scientific understanding of medicinal plants. The systematic approach of phytotherapy includes the use of plant medicines for physiological enhancement and compensation. Scientific research is building the evidence base for phytotherapy, which includes studies in phytochemistry, veterinary ethnobotany, zoopharmacognosy and clinical trials. The materia medica of some herbs commonly used in horses are presented to demonstrate how the integration of scientific and traditional knowledge of medicinal plants provides a more rounded picture of the indications and safe use of medicinal plants


Megan Kearney

Dr Megan Kearney is an integrative veterinary surgeon and Medical Herbalist. She runs a veterinary hospital and practice for people in Bangalow, Northern NSW. She sees a wide range of species including companion animals, horses, livestock, exotics and wildlife. Megan was inspired... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

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