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Integrative Medicine Webinar: Equine Cases-Cardiotropic Botanical Medicines

Presented by: Cynthia Lankenau, DVM

The talk will focus on the use of low potency botanical medicines in the treatment of 'senile' cardiac disease, with a focus on horses (although applicable to any species.) 'Senile' heart disease refers to a functional weakness in the heart, pre-heart failure. The remedies are used to improve the physiological strength of the cardiac muscle thereby preventing overt heart failure.
Learning Objectives:
  1. To educate the participates on the diagnosis of 'senile' heart disease
  2. To discuss the causes of senile heart disease
  3. To discuss the use of four botanical remedies in the treatment of this syndrome
Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, graduated from Cornell’s Veterinary College in 1981 and joined a 99% dairy practice in upstate NY with a total love of working with small dairy farms. In the attempt to expand her practice knowledge, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in Malawi, Africa in 1984-1985, returning to the US to join a mixed animal practice in western NY. With the decline of family farms in NY, and seeing an incredible increase in chronic diseases, Dr Lankenau started down the path of alternative medicine; starting with acupuncture training in 1991 (IVAS), started herbal training in western herbs in 1993, Chinese herbs in 1995; chiropractic (AVCA) and homeopathic (AVH) training in 1995. She has completed Chi’s MS (TCVM); CIVT’s Western Graduate Herbal program, and Chinese herbal degree; is a registered herbalist (RH) through the American Herbal Guild, and finished David Winston’s professional and Graduate herbal training. Further Chinese Herbal training is ongoing with Dr Evan Rabinowitz and by attending as many Jeffrey Yuen seminars as possible. She is a past president of the VBMA, Secretary/treasurer of the ACVBM, founder of the NY CAVMA, and on the board of WATCVM. Since 1993, she has practiced in a solo 100% alternative modality mixed animal practice.