Herbal treatments are probably the oldest form of medicine. They have been used in India for over 5000 years. First written herbal prescriptions for horses originate from China. Wales also has a rich history when it comes to herbs and the Physicians of Myddfai were well known for their herbal knowledge.
Iris's interest in nature developed at a young age. She was one of the youngest active members of a local nature conservation group. Between the ages of 14 and 24 she earned her pocket money harvesting herbs, for example small flowered Willowherb, Limeflower, St Johnes Wort and Hawthorn.
In Germany licensed herbal remedies are widely used in human and veterinary medicine and Iris has used them in veterinary practice since 2004. To meet the specific needs of her patients Iris started an in depth training in veterinary herbal medicine in 2012 with the aim to gain a certificate in 2015.
Iris uses individually mixed herbs for a broad range of conditions. Those include musculoskeletal, respiratory, skin problems and even conditions like epilepsy.
Some herbs can easily be harvested by the owner and are effective as a tea. In other cases the skilful formulation of an herbal prescription is important and high quality extracts are very effective and easy to administer.
At A.P.Vet we source organic herbs whenever possible, and some of our herbs are grown locally in Eardisley.