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Using plants to produce allergy-fighting pet food

Scientists at The University of Nottingham are using ancient Chinese herbal remedies to help pets suffering with allergies.

The academics in the University's School of Pharmacy are investigating whether natural plant extracts such as liquorice and ginger, used for centuries for their healing properties, could be used to treat allergic conditions in animals.

Initially the scientists identified almost 40 herbal extracts that have traditionally been used in preparations to treat allergies and skin conditions, using experts at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew to ensure they had the best specimens possible to work with.
As a result of the research, new foods containing the extracts could be hitting the shelves of pet stores within the next two years, allowing owners to treat their pets in a similar way to buying vitamins and other complementary therapies.

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