Biotechnology in Animal Husbandry 2012 Volume 28, Issue 1, Pages: 87-98
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Plant usage in protecting the farm animal health
Davidović V., Todorović Joksimović M., Stojanović B., Relić R.
Phytotherapy, as form of traditional and conventional veterinary medicine,
includes curing, alleviation and prevention the onset of diseases in animals
based on natural medicinal raw materials and folk remedies made from plants.
In animal health care, the use of medicinal and other plants as supporting
therapy, in preventive purposes or as a complete therapy has a large
potential regardless whether it is the question of individual or combined
plant medicinal preparations which act synergistically. Phytotherapy is very
intensively used in prophylactic purposes and with the aim of treatment of
milder forms of diseases, chronic diseases and recurrent infections as well
as in organic livestock production. Extracts and preparations from different
plants are used with the aim of intensifying the activity of immune system
and stimulations some functions of organism. The great number of herb
metabolites shows antimicrobial and antiparasitic activity and gives the
positive effects in the treatment of ectoparasitoses and endoparasitoses.
This research paper gives a review of the plants most frequently used in
ethnoveterinary medicine for health purposes of farm animals.
Keywords: plants, health care, farm animals