Pages from an ancient Arabic herbal medicine book

The history of veterinary applications of herbals and botanicals is long and well documented. For example, black and white hellebore (Helleborus niger and Veratrum album, respectively) was pierced through the ear of horses or sheep by the Roman physician Pliny in the 1st century AD, as well an in the early 20th century as a purgative, emetic, anthelmintic and parasiticide (although it caused death in many animals). Historical prescriptions for herbal use can be found in such diverse sources as the Chinese Yuan Heng liaoma jiand in the medicinal practices of the North American Indian. Botanical “horse medicines” were provided during the Civil War. Even as late as 1957, popular books continued to list such substances as aconite, belladonna, cinchone, ipecac, nux vomica (strychnine) and tobacco for veterinary use. However, more recently, such titles were in scant evidence until the latest revival of interest in the use of herbal and botanical veterinary remedies. Read the Rest >>>

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