Category Archives: Herbs and Supplements

Evidence Update: Promising Clinical Trial of CBD for Arthritis Treatment in Dogs

Introduction At long last, there is a published veterinary clinical trial of a cannabis-based treatment! As I say in nearly every article I write, a single study neither definitively proves nor disproves even the specific hypothesis being studied, much less … Continue reading

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Evidence Update: Anxitane (L-theanine) for Anxiety in Dogs (and Cats)

In late 2014, I reviewed the evidence for Anxitane (l-theanine), an amino acid from the tea plant reported to have benefits for dogs with anxiety. At that time, my conclusion was: The theoretical reasoning behind the potential value of l-theanine … Continue reading

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Lysine for Feline Herpesvirus: A Therapeutic Zombie

Introduction Science is a process for developing and refining our understanding of nature over time. The work of a community of scientists, often with vigorous competition and conflict between individuals, gradually improves the accuracy of our understanding. Perfect comprehension of … Continue reading

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Presentation on Cannabis for Pets

I recently gave a presentation for veterinarians on Cannabis as a potential source of medical therapies for veterinary patients.  There haven’t been many new studies in veterinary species since my last post on the subject in 2016, but that is … Continue reading

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Colloidal Silver- Colorful Snake Oil but not Medicine

Introduction Colloidal silver illustrates many of the classic characteristics of quack alternative medicines. It has a history of mainstream use based on tradition and theory, but it was abandoned by science-based medicine in favor of safer and more effective treatments. … Continue reading

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Herbalists Apply for Medical Specialty Recognition- An Update

I have been covering the application of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM) for recognition as a specialty in several posts throughout the year (1, 2). My conclusion is that this recognition is not justified for several reasons: … Continue reading

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Discussion of the ACVBM Application for Specialty Status for Herbal Veterinary Medicine

About six months ago, I reported on the application of a group of veterinarians belonging to the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM) for status as a medical specialty group. I explained the main reasons why, despite the potential … Continue reading

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Evidence Update: Biologic Plausibility of Curcumin (Turmeric) Very Low

In 2013, I wrote about the burgeoning popularity of the spice turmeric as a medicinal herb. At the time, my conclusions were: Overall, there is no compelling clinical evidence in humans supporting any use of curcumin or other turmeric compounds…There … Continue reading

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Evidence Update and Review for Yunnan Baiyao

Introduction In 2010 I first evaluated the Chinese herbal remedy known as Yunnan Baiyao, and I have reviewed additional evidence repeatedly since (1, 2, 3). So far, I have found little reason to believe claims that this remedy can stop … Continue reading

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Chinese Herb vs Metronidazole for Diarrhea in Dogs: An Example of the Problems with Alternative Medicine Research

Not everything that looks like science really is science. I’ve written about the faux science of some alternative medicine publications, such as the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, which often publish articles that are held up as scientific evidence for alternative … Continue reading

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