GAA play­ers and phys­ios turn to cow medicine to ease aching limbs

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS - CLAIRE FOX

GAA play­ers and phys­io­ther­a­pists are among a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple turn­ing to a hum­ble ve­teri­nary prod­uct which is be­ing hailed for its medic­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tions in hu­mans.

Ud­der­mint, which is tra­di­tion­ally used by dairy farm­ers to soothe the ud­ders of cows suf­fer­ing from mas­ti­tis, is be­ing used by peo­ple to treat ev­ery­thing from sore mus­cles to chest and si­nus in­fec­tions.

Tip­per­ary-based vet Ea­mon O’Connell said the cream doesn’t con­tain any “mag­i­cal mir­a­cle ve­teri­nary in­gre­di­ent” but is aware of farm­ers and non-farm­ers who swear by its heal­ing qual­i­ties.

“From look­ing at the bot­tle it just con­tains lin­i­ment and pep­per­mint oil. I know lots of dairy farm­ers who swear by it to treat the cow’s quar­ters for mas­ti­tis. They say it heats up the body and gets the blood flow­ing,” said Ea­mon.“There’s a guy we know who does cross-fit train­ing and he uses it for his limbs. I know peo­ple use it for chest in­fec­tions as well. It’s like VapoRub, it clears and opens up the si­nuses.”

A spokesper­son for Clean­line Farm Ser­vices in Tip­per­ary town said they have been stock­ing the prod­uct for around 20 years and that cus­tomers from all walks of life come in to pur­chase Ud­der­mint.

“It’s mostly dairy farm­ers who come in to buy it, but we get lots of phys­io­ther­a­pists and peo­ple with arthri­tis com­ing in to pur­chase it — and dog own­ers look­ing to treat their pets sore limbs. It’s been in the coun­try for 20 years, but has re­ally kicked off the last few years,” he said.

De­mand

“There’s lots of de­mand and it has a nice pep­per­mint scent which al­ways helps. It’s very hot and gets deep in to the limbs.”

GAA play­ers tak­ing part in the TG4 Un­der­dogs se­ries are also us­ing the cream to soothe their limbs dur­ing their gru­elling train­ing sched­ule.

This isn’t the first case of an­i­mal prod­ucts be­ing used by hu­mans. US-man­u­fac­tured Mane ‘n Tail sham­poo and con­di­tioner prod­ucts can be used on an­i­mals as well as hu­mans to en­cour­age stronger and health­ier hair. ÷Med­i­cal ex­perts cau­tion that peo­ple should al­ways con­sult their doc­tors be­fore us­ing any prod­ucts not specif­i­cally pre­scribed for hu­man us­age.

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