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INTRODUCTION Traditional medicinal systems of many countries contain rich knowledge on phytomedicines. Several scientific reports reviewed in detail the therapeutic potentials of medicinal plants in alleviating animal diseases (Akhtar et al., 2000; Srivastava et al., 2000; Viegi et al., 2003; Fajimi and Taiwo, 2005; Wynn and Fougere, 2007). As modern medicines are increasingly unaffordable for the rural poor and due to lack of availability of animal healthcare professionals in many of the developing countries, use of veterinary herbal medicines is on the rise, especially in areas where livestock play a pivotal role in rural economy (Sharma and Singh, 1989; Rao and Varma, 2008; Weldegerima et al., 2008). Alternatively, herbal medicines are also used in countries where conventional medicine is predominant in the national healthcare system (World Health Organization, 2000).