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Herbal Medicine

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Herbal medicine involves the medicinal use of plants to treat illnesses and enhance general health and well-being.


Herbal medicine aims to restore the body to a state of natural balance so that it can start to heal itself.

This may be done by

  • supporting digestion and assimilation of nutrients

  • improving immune function and circulation

  • balancing hormones

  • facilitating the elimination of waste products from the body

Veterinary Herbal Medicine

Veterinary herbal medicine can be useful for treating a variety of illnesses in our pets. It may be used as a stand-alone therapy or integrated with pharmaceutical medicines for conditions such as:

  • skin disease

  • gastrointestinal disease

  • liver disease

  • chronic kidney disease

It may also be used in animals with cancer to help enhance quality of life.

Herbal medicine is a gentle, safe and effective form of therapy that can be used to support animals with any chronic and persistent Illnesses.

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About Nagisa

Dr.Nagisa Hiraoka (BVSc) is a fully qualified veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in complimentary therapies. Following graduation from the University of Sydney in 2009, Nagisa completed a Foundation course in Veterinary Herbal Medicine (UK). Nagisa is a member of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA) and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at CIVT.

Your visit

Your herbal medicine consultation with Nagisa includes:

  • a full physical examination

  • a review of your pet’s medical history including any current medications and supplements

  • nutritional and lifestyle advice

Nagisa will then prescribe a herbal medicine containing a range of herbs to treat your pet’s current problem as well as any other ongoing health needs (most herbal medicines are given orally as tinctures).