Dr Carol Hughes has been researching plant phytochemistry for many years, and has worked in conjunction with educational establishments and the Newmarket racing industry to produce scientific based information and supplements for the animal health industry.

She has produced two fascinating days of discussion and practical foraging, with relevance to plant chemistry and its use in application for animal health and well-being.  Carol provides information on a huge amount of topics that relate to maintain metabolic balance and repair the body.

Current focus includes…

  • Integrity of the gut wall, and plants to strengthen this.
  • Anti-oxidant exchange, energy production, and interaction within the gut with regards to bacteria/immunity/inflammation.
  • Modern feed materials and biodiversity how loss of biodiversity affects the gut, and changes of the gut during diseases
  • Plants to offer for balancing the gut bacteria, including formulation pre and probiotics, plus anti-oxidants.
  • A new testing service using next generation sequencing.


Other topics of interest that Carol covers…

The Biochemistry of Self Selection

1. Plant Monographs

Herbal/plant medicine provides health and prevents disease, choosing the right combination and understanding synergy of plants is an important part of rehabilitation and restoration. Also important is being able to advise on possible adverse reactions and interactions with prescription drugs.

Plant monographs supply this information, usually made available for human use but the ones on this course are especially formulated for animals and are up to date with modern prescribed drugs such as antibiotics, metformin, omeprazole and NSAID’s.

2. Where are the best places to pick plants and why? 

Plants communicate to each other by producing and expressing phenolic compounds, some plants grown together contain higher levels of phytochemicals with double the benefits. Learn which plants are best growing together and what chemicals they contain to improve health.

Lack of minerals and a mineral imbalance can cause poor health, plants picked from a diverse environment will have higher mineral and anti- oxidant levels than those grown separately in pots or monocultures. Learn how to mineral balance can be improved through diversity.

3. Does the plant choose the animal or does the animal choose the plant?    

Some plants emit strong chemicals in the presence of predators, which dogs especially, with their acute sense of smell, find attractive. These chemicals then interact with the physiology of the host animal, sometimes tripling the health benefits of the plant.

Modern diseases such as metabolic disorders, allergies and ulcers respond well to plant medicine and it is possible to be very specific about how and when to use a plant and how much improvement can be expected. Plants are also being investigated as medicines to treat cancers, but which plants are best for each different type of cancer, what results can be expected, and when is the plant at its most potent?

4. How to read a blood test and look for improvements for cancers, inflammation, allergies and recovery.


Plant Compounds and The Systems of the Body

1. Detoxification pathways

Plants have versatile detoxification systems, containing glutathione which is a major destroyer of free radicals, an immune boost and a liver cleanser. The glutathione pathway in the plant, transports other important anti- oxidants such as anthocyanins, which are upgraded to antibiotic status. Some plants are important sources of glutathione and antimicrobials.  Learn how to use them for the best effect.

2. Anti-inflammatory Action

Inflammation precedes ill health and is often a sign that the body is out of balance or is nutritional deficient.  One of the biggest challenges today is being able to assess the root cause of ill health.  Some plants can be used individually or in combination to de-stress, detoxify and reduce inflammation.

Learn the presenting signs and the remedies for the best outcomes.

3. The Repair Process

Recovering from injury, wounds and illness: the plants that are best for each stage.

4. Metabolic Dysfunctions including obesity and related diseases is a massive global health problem.

The best plants to treat each aspect ie, adipose tissue, fatty liver, hormone dysfunctions; exploring a selection from Ayurvedic, Siddha, Tribal Medicine, South American, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.