Ethnoveterinary Botanical Medicine: Herbal Medicines for Animal Health

Despite the undoubted success of a scientific approach to pharmaceuticals, the last few decades have witnessed a spectacular rise in interest in herbal medicinal products. This general interest has been followed by increasing scientific and commercial attention that led to the coining of the term ethnopharmacology to describe the scientific discipline investigating the use of these products. Presenting detailed information from all regions of the world, Ethnoveterinary Botanical Medicine provides techniques to evaluate the efficacy of plants used in animal health care and addresses the challenges faced by researchers and practitioners in the field.

This book features a multidisciplinary approach to examining the role of herbal medicines in companion and domestic animals and the scientific underpinnings of ethnoveterinary practice. The text also covers matters relating to access benefit sharing, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), intellectual property, and the skills required to navigate the minefield of bioprospecting. The editors have collated information not often found in the English literature from China, Southeast Asia, francophone Africa and South America. They also explore the emerging use of herbals for pets with a case study from the European Union, highlighting this important area which will spur the growth in ethnoveterinary research due to its commercial potential.

Although many references cover ethnoveterinary medicine in some form or another, none give it the intense scrutiny and scientific input found in this book. With chapters on biological assays, efficacy testing, and phytochemistry, the book presents hard scientific information in accessible and readable language. The editors have gathered a panel of veterinary clinicians, animal scientists, pharmacists, chemists and ethnobotanists who have years of experience working with farmers and pastoralists, making this book quite possibly the first detailed compendium on the plants used in animal health care in all regions of the world.

Table of Contents
Methods for Evaluating Efficacy of Ethnoveterinary Medicinal Plants, L. J. McGaw and J. N. Eloff
Logistical and Legal Considerations in Ethnoveterinary Research, M. Chikombero and D. Luseba
Phytochemical Methods, B.I. Kamara
Preclinical Safety Testing of Herbal Remedies, V. Naidoo and J. Seier
Revitalizing Ethnoveterinary Medical Traditions: A Perspective from India, M. N. B. Nair and P. M. Unnikrishnan
Inventory of Traditional Veterinary Botanicals from Around the World, Z. Iqbal and A. Jabbar
The Current Status and Future Prospects of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Veterinary Health Care in Southeast Asia, S. Shanmugavelu, M. Murugaiyah, and P. Chandrawathani
Evidence-Based Botanicals in North America, W. Pearson and M.I. Lindinger
The Medicinal Use of Native North American Plants in Domestic Animals, R. Gehring and K. Kindscher
Plants Used in Animal Health Care in South and Latin America: An Overview, R. Romeu da Nóbrega Alves, R. Rilke Duarte Barboza, and W. de Medeiros Silva Souto
Ethnoveterinary Medicine in Southern Africa, V. Maphosa, P. Tshisikhawe, K. Thembo, and P. Masika
Ethnoveterinary Plants Used in East Africa, J. B. Githiori and P. K. Gathumbi
Herbal Medicines for Animal Health in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, L. Boukraa, H. Benbarek, and M. Benhanifia
Ethnoveterinary Medicine and Sustainable Livestock Management in West Africa, I.C. Okoli, H.H. Tamboura, and M.S. Hounzangbe-Adote
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, L. Teng, D. Shaw, and J. Barnes
Ethnoveterinary Medical Practice in the European Union (EU): A Case Study of the Netherlands, T. van Asseldonk
Herbal Medicines for Pet and Companion Animals, D.R. Katerere and V. Naidoo

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