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Herbal folk remedies for animal health in the Netherlands

Van Asseldonk, Drs. Tedje and Beijer, Helen (2006) Herbal folk remedies for animal health in the Netherlands. In: Ertug, Dr. Z. Füsun (Ed.) Proceedings of the IVth International Congress of Ethnobotany (ICEB 2005) Istanbul, pp. 257-263.

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As a part of their training in herbalism 85 students of the two private schools for natural animal care that exist in the Netherlands were given the assignment to ask farmers, pet owners and animal pension keepers about their traditional remedies. This led to 168 case reports in the period 1998-2004. A few reports from IEZ workers were added and all the results have been put in a database to make follow up analyses possible. The animals that were involved were often horses. The plant species involved consisted of 63 genera in 33 families of which 92% were indigenous to, or have been grown in the Netherlands for many years. The most frequently reported plant was Linum usitatissimum, flax seeds. Next in line were Urtica urens/dioica (nettles) and Allium sativum (garlic). All three were used for several different health conditions in several species of animals. Besides traditional internal and external herbal remedies there was use of beer, gin, tobacco, vinegar, and the hanging of branches in stables.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Linum usitatissimum, ethnoveterinary, herbal folk remedies, horse treatments, NEtherlands
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Other organizations
Deposited By: Van Asseldonk, Drs Tedje
ID Code:12522
Deposited On:04 Nov 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:Full database accessable at http://www.ethnobotany.nl/nieuwe_pagina_1.htm

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