Plants Used in Veterinary Homeopathy

Yücel U. M.

International Anatolian Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Malatya, Turkey, 16 - 17 November 2021, pp.138-153

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Malatya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.138-153


The purpose of this review is to give information about the plants used in veterinary homeopathy, their properties and usage purposes. Homeopathy is a form of treatment that allows the body to heal itself by stimulating its self-healing responses and does not have significant side effects. Homeopathy, which is accepted as a modern medicine and natural treatment approach, is based on the principle that “like things can be treated with like”. Homeopathics is the second most used medical method in the world. Because homeopathy has important advantages. In homeopathy, herbal products are prepared either from the whole plant or from a specific part of the plant. The parts of the plant must be disease-free, not wilted, rotten, conditions related to the species and harvest time must be met, care must be taken to ensure that it is grown in natural conditions and does not contain pollutants. After washing, the cut, shredded and dried plants are sent to the laboratory for examination and kept in solvent for at least three weeks, then filtered and the main substance (tincture) is obtained. By diluting the main ingredient, herbal homeopathic medicine is prepared. In the field of veterinary medicine, the use of homeopathic treatment has increased significantly in recent years. Homeopathy can be used in the treatment of many diseases in farm animals and small animals; It is very useful in acute cases such as traumas, bone fractures, injuries and allergic events such as insect bites, joint-muscle inflammation and pain, soft tissue injuries, smooth muscle spasms. In such cases, homeopathic treatment reduces or completely prevents inflammation symptoms such as pain and swelling and shortens the recovery period. It is also used successfully in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as respiratory diseases, acute and chronic diarrhea, acute, chronic and subclinical mastitis, gingivitis and dermatitis. It has been reported that homeopathy provides healing in chronic diseases such as arthritis, spondylitis, fatty liver and heart failure in animals. Homeopathic remedies are easy to administer to animals as they are in liquid form or as small tablets. In Veterinary Medicine; Herbal medicine sources such as Bitter watermelon (Citrillus colocynthis), Altıncık / Narcissus (Calendula officinalis), Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus L.) Crescent (Agnus castus), Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Eyebright Grass (Euphrasia officinalis), Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladona) , Stinging nettle (Urtica urens), Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale), Kargabüken (Nux vomica), Red Fence root (Bryonia cretica), Wolfsbane/ Wolfroot (Aconitum napellus), Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) , Wind rose (Pulsatilla Violacea subsp. Violacea), St. John’s wort (Hypericum), Rue (Ruta graveolens), lion’s ear (Leonurus cardiaca), Echinacea, Narrow-leaved hedgehog (Echinacea angustifolia), Tree of life (Thuja occidentalis), Mountain tobacco/ Masti flower (Arnica montana), Poison sumac (Rhus toxicodendron) are used for various purposes.