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From: team-machine
Date: 2001-07-10 22:16:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] some new herbal info

I feel it is imporatant to note that the report you heard was based on
humans, right? Anesthesiologists are stating that older persons taking Ginko
Biloba are at a higher risk of intra-cranial hemorrhage and have an
increased chance of suffering a stroke during surgery ( which I believe is
not very common in animals in general). Valarian and Kava are other herbal
therapies that can complicate surgery. Reports say that these two herbs have
properties that can place a person in a deeper anesthetic stage than what
anesthesia alone would cause. I agree that reading labels and becoming
familiar with what you are giving your loved ones or taking yourself is VERY
IMPORTANT!! However, even more important is letting your veterinarian know
you are giving these herbal remedies to your pet. K.M. Original
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From: "Sukie Crandall" <sukiecrandall@t...>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 5:06 PM

> Just hear a bit of a report on ATC and hope to see the full ones later:
> Comfrey has apparently been indicated as a contributor to the
> development of some malignancies and to liver damage (type
> unspecified in the report I heard).
> Anesthesiologists have now linked several herbs to complications not
> only of surgery but of using anesthesia. I did not manage to write
> down the entire list but hose which I did were: garlic, ginko,
> echinacea (messes with the heart rate when in conjunction with some
> anesthesias), valerian (sounded like it can cause an individual to
> have trouble coming out from anesthesia), and kava. It is advised
> that the herbs they listed not be given or taken a week before or
> after surgery.
> Of course, any medicine strong enough to help is also strong enough
> to harm, so DO read warning labels and DO use resources such as _PDR
> for Herbal Medicines_, _Tyler's Honest Herbal_, and _Tyler's Herbs of
> Choice_ which give the good, and the bad: uses, possible uses,
> counter-indications, medication interferences, etc. Use the same
> level of caution for ANY medications!
> Steve and I are fortunate to have never lost a ferret during surgery
> or post-surgical times (during 19 years with ferrets), plus we almost
> always have had ferrets which attained fine life spans and survived
> illness for long periods, and part of that is having fine vets, part
> is careful care, part is luck, but another part is using caution and
> respecting any form of medication used, whether standard or
> alternative.
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