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Research request Dear Editor, Plants can be used to cure animals. Traditionally, for example, bog-bean was used as a medicine to unblock calves' stomachs (in the Hebrides), nettles boiled with oatmeal to treat constipated cattle (Colonsay), and ash branches as a laxative in goats (East Lothian).

Plants have been used for thousands of years in the British Isles to treat animals, or as feeds to improve their health.

This information was passed from one generation to the next and was often not written down - so how much of this knowledge remains in the population? The ethnoveterinary medicine project, established by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, aims to collect the remaining information before it is lost: an important part of the traditional rural culture.

This knowledge could also be used practically in animal management (livestock and pets), to improve their health and the economy.

If you have any information about ethnoveterinary medicines, feed supplements or other information relating to plants/fungi and animal health from the British Isles, please email ethnovet@kew.org or write to William Milliken, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, RH17 6TN.

Dr William Milliken, Kew Gardens

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Publication:Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 4, 2019
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