I am glad to see that there are studies being conducted using Herbal options for Mastitis (& hopefully other issues as well). While I am not an expert in Ayurveda, I believe it could be a beneficial practice as well as Herbalism, Naturopathy in our animal care. Ayurveda & Herbalism treats the disease or issue, most western medicines just treat the symptoms, whether its in animals or in humans. If Herbs & Essential Oils didn't work, then why did we take the benefits of many herbs & plants & create synthetic copy's of them (Such as Aspirin which is derived from Willow Tree Bark?) Or Sarsaparilla root to make root beer? Herbs, Plants & Oils work, the problem is, that we've gotten so far away from our ancestry & home apothocary's that we know longer trust or believe that its possible.
Our dairy cows are now stuck in feedlot setting's to provide milk to our country's, taken off the fresh pastures that they once occupied. We feed them food that they may not actually eat normally or may not eat in the abundance that they do in a dairy situation (cotton seed meal, Blood meal, etc), they are in a less than desirable setting (muck up to the ankles or knees depending on the dairy), pump them full of a variety of chemicals for a variety of reasons, we strip their baby's off them immediately (in most dairy's). Its no wonder they get mastitis, hoof rot & other sicknesses. We treat them like they are disposable instead of valuable.
Herbs work on a molecular level. Ayurveda, Herbalist, Naturopath's treat the body, not the symptom.
Cows need calcium, vitamins, mineral's, good nutrition. Citrus's can help as they are antibacterial (such as Oranges, great smelling disinfectant), Herbs such as Peppermint help kill bacteria on the outside. Horsetail has a rich Silica content to help heal damaged tissues, helps strengthen. Calendula extract exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, would make a great teat dip. Goldenseal is another antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory herb. Licorice (which our black licorice candy use to be made from) is an inflammatory that works to reduce pain & swelling.
While Ayurveda (& others) might not be able to spelled out in the same way as Western Medicine info can be. I think if a person was truly interested in learning about it & how it could help, there's many sources of info available out there.
And one person mentioned something about how such herbal studies couldn't be believed or be true (not their words, just surmising the comment)since there's not double blinded, placebo & some other group to back it up. There's many such studies out there, I read on one recently, the problem is.....if scientists actually did more of those study's & other similar study's to learn the benefits or herbal & plant medicine's, then the large pharmaceutical company's out there would lose a great deal of money, because more & more people would be jumping off the drug manufacturing bandwagon & jumping back on the natural drug bandwagon that they've been steered away from for years.
There's proof that plant medicine & Essential oils work.....individually proven on humans & animals & double blind placebo proven studies But most don't want to believe it because its a different kind of science then what they understand or would believe & its a threat to the drug manufacturers.