Purple Moon Herbs and Studies
Our mission is to educate veterinarians and pet-lovers on Western Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food Therapy, and Bach Flower Essences. We are well-versed in the use of over 400 herbs, administered by tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled essential oils in baths, candles, etc.). Dr. Laurie Dohmen provides instruction for both veterinarians and pet lovers through seminars at conferences and in our own structured classes. We provide a more wholistic approach to veterinary medicine and nutrition with our homecooking recipes and alternative treatment modalities for your pets.
Western Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine is the use of herbs as drugs. Most drugs are derived originally from plants, but just the desired chemical is extracted for use as medication. Herbal medicine uses the actual plant - for some, the roots, leaves and/or flowers. This is much better because many plants when used in their entirety do not have the irritating or even dangerous side effect of the one active chemical. Other chemicals in the plant work symbiotically to make the whole herb a safer and better way to get the needed medication. There are many ways to use herbs: tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled or topical essential oils or hydrosols in baths, candles, etc.).
Simply, this is adjusting the diet to relieve or prevent a disease process or enhance optimal health. A common example of this is removing a food from the diet that a dog is allergic to in order to relieve skin and ear infections. Underlying nutritional imbalances are subtle changes that veterinarians are trained to notice. Owners usually see dramatic improvement when dietary changes are made. We always recommend homecooking for pets.
Bach Flower Remedies
Dr. Bach believed that all physical problems were actually just physical manifestations of emotional problems or personality disorders. He tried to fix the underlying emotional distress with preparations of flower essences. There are 38 flower essences for 38 different "personality disorders." Each individual animal gets their own specifically tailored combination of 6-7 flower essences suited to its personality. There is also one general remedy called "Rescue Remedy" that is good for any stressful situation for an individual. We recommend everyone have a bottle of this on hand at all times.
Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian. She grew up in a time where allopathic medicine in the United States was considered the zenith of all medicine. All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more. In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them. She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family. Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also. Click here to read more...
Recently, I had 2 conversations that got me thinking about self-care and intention. Due to Hurricane Florence, Dr. Kris August and I ended up with some free time. I asked her what she was doing with her time and she said “self-care.” She was taking advantage of her time to go on long walks with her dog and spend some time with her daughters. I went to yoga at my Jewish Community Center. Since it was a couple of days before Yom Kippur, my favorite local instructor, Elizabeth “Libbie” Fiechter asked what was the first word that came to mind when she said “fasting.”... Read all about it!
In this episode of EWFM Podcast, Sarajean interviews Dr. Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, about pet food and nutrition.
You can listen to this Podcast on your Apple device, or install iTunes on your WIndows or Android device.
...Allergies can be triggered by either environmental pathogens or foods. Food allergies are (in my opinion) both easier and harder to treat – easier because a diet of exclusion (and in many cases a diet of fresh whole foods) removes the allergen; harder because client/patient compliance is low.
In this article, I will focus on environmental allergens since it is almost impossible to remove them. They include trees, plants, grasses, other animals, molds and mites (storage and dust).
Allergies are hard on the immune system; because they are a chronic disease, the immune system never gets a break. The immune system is comprised of two parts... from "Herbal Intervention for Thyroid Dysfunction By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, published in the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4
What Others have to say...
"Laurie, you so rock! I'm glad you mentioned the coadministration with Doxycycline because I was hesitant when I read about it. Your knowledge is profound, babe. I truly hope to take a class from you anywhere, anytime." From Joanne Givens on November 13, 2014
...Visit this blog to learn about Herbal Techniques for Promoting Dental Health and Dr. Laurie's suggestion for oil pulling ... Click here to read the blog!
Excellent course-paves path for understanding and using western herbs with confidence. Looking forward to incorporating what I learned to help our furry friends! AWESOME!!!
I will try to express the profound effect being in your and Kris' class has had on me. I can't walk through my farm with the same laissez-faire that I have done in the past. I am photographing and journaling the wonderful plants that have always been around me. Yarrow, thistle, dandelion, peppermint, oats, nettle, alfalfa, and more are speaking to me. I am acquiring books and papers and recipes. Such a strong desire to learn more. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of knowledge and the thirst for more.
I want to tell you that your class has been life-changing for me in many ways. There was awesome information about using herbs as medicine for animals and for self care. I feel like I know--or am beginning to know--these herbs "in my bones" at a depth not possible with text or internet study. I thought the "retreat" part of the class was unnecessary when I signed up--I was "fine" --but it was so needed--helped me reconnect with myself and my "roots in nature" and focus on what is important in life. I have learned to embrace gratitude in a more profound way and finally realized the meaning of the word "friend" which seems simple, but wasn't for me. Again, Thank you!
Just wanted to thank you again for your class. I feel like your email reached me serendipitously last summer when I was searching for something to dig into as my eldest was leaving for college. I have been using more for humans than 4-legged creatures but I'm good with that.
The course you and Kris taught was phenomenal and life changing. I was blown away by how thorough and generous you are with your knowledge. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to learn so much. You are so full of enthusiasm, generosity, and striving for excellence in what you do….I am so grateful Laurie. Kris’ wisdom, knowledge, encouragement and peaceful demeanor added so much to the self care part of the course. I think about what both of you taught us every day out here in the trenches.
I have had a long-standing interest in herbal medicine. However, I needed something to pull together the disparate pieces into a whole. This course did that for me. Chemical constituents and wild plant foraging and animal dosing and energetics and formulating products, all in one organized format. I would happily recommend this and I look forward to more from Purple Moon.
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The lectures were great--lots of good information. I like the inclusion of traditional uses and energetics of the herbs--gives insight into subtleties of herbal action.
Labs were fun and informative and helped me gain confidence in making herbal products for self and family. (Which I do a lot now). Also the direct contact with herbs and experience in making herbal products has deepened my appreciation and understanding of their character, uses and actions.
Loved them! Seeing, touching, tasting, smelling plants in their natural environment deepened my connection with them and appreciation of them as living entities. Also it was rejuvenating and great fun to be outdoors "exploring" and breathing fresh air.
Excellent and a great way to connect clinicians to the origins of the medicines.
These gave me a welcome "excuse" to spend time researching herbs I didn't know much about. It had also been a while since I had researched anything so it was good to do this again. I also gained insights into the way information can be misrepresented on the Internet. Sometimes it was confusing and difficult to sort out " the real story." I got better at it with time. I really appreciated getting feedback/comments on my work.
2019 Midwest Veterinary Conference
Feb. 21 - 24, 2019
Dr. Laurie Dohmen
Western Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy
Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio
Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation
Drs. Kris August and Julie Wentzel
March 29-31, 2019
Outer Banks, North Carolina
This conference is intended to educate the veterinarian in additional ways to help their patients with chronic musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders, as well as other pain-related conditions. It will present an integrative approach to chronic care for these conditions.
Will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks/Corolla. Click on the link below for reservations:
Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation Pricing:
Deposit Due: $150
Remainder due by February 1, 2019
Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.
2019 Mountain Veterinary Conference
April 7 - 10, 2019
"At the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, North Carolina"
Dr. Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS and Dr. Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP
Sunday: Drs. Dohmen and Wentzel will be co-hosting an herb walk in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
Transportation will be provided to the Oconaluftee Visitors Center, from which we will walk the 1.5 mile Oconaluftee River Trail and discuss the plants along the way. We will provide medicinal plant identification and uses. The trail is an easy walk; it is mostly flat through the forest along the Oconaluftee River. The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is known for its wildflowers (over 1500 species), especially in the early spring when the ephemerals are in bloom. Also blooming in the spring are the red maples trees and many flowering shrubs. For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/wildflowers.htm. This herb walk will encompass the entire afternoon session on Sunday. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, a note-taking device, and your camera!
Monday: Dr. Dohmen will be speaking about Western Herbal Medicine and Wholistic Food Therapy
Tuesday: Dr. Wentzel will be speaking about Wholistic Pain Management with an emphasis on Rehabilitation
Cherokee, North Carolina
Philosophy of Western Medical Herbalism
May 3-5, 2019
Dr. Laurie Dohmen and Dr. Kris August
This course is an introduction and overview of the philosophy of Western Veterinary Medical Herbalism. We will be discussing the history of herbal use and plant identification on a multi-sensory level. Lectures include herb selection, formulation and administration options for our patients. Included are hands-on labs and an herb walk as part of an excursion to a different part of the islands. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks and a movie night! Our classroom is upstairs with big windows and views of both the bay and the Currituck Sound. Breakfast will be included at 8 am every morning in the classroom.
Come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about Western Herbs. Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks/ Corolla , as part of your self-care.
This Philosophy of Western Medical Herbalism course is intended to be a precursor introduction to the larger 5-module course, Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, starting in the fall that will include full organ-system Materia Medica and in-depth labs and plant identification walks. Anyone who takes this course and continues on with us will receive a discount on the full course, starting September, 2019.
Philosophy of Western Medical Herbalism 3-Day Intensive
Deposit Due: $150
Remainder due by March 15, 2019
Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.
2019 AHVMA Annual Conference
Saturday, September 7 – Tuesday, September 10, 2019
September 20-23, 2019
October 19-21, 2019
November 9-11, 2019
March 28-30, 2020
April 25-27, 2020
This is a comprehensive training in the use and practice of Western Herbal Medicine. All Materia Medica lectures will include an organoleptic component. There will be extensive labs in medicine making. Each module will feature an herb walk to a different part of the Outer Banks islands. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. We will have lectures and extra evening activities focus on self-care, as we believe good health starts with ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks and a movie night! There will be homework so we can assess your progress as veterinary herbalists. Our classroom is upstairs with big windows and views of both the bay and the Currituck Sound. Breakfast will be included every morning in the classroom.
This course is being co-sponsored by the AHVMA, an AVMA affiliate organization. For Module I, 14 hours of CEUs are now available in the following states: AK, CA, IL, IN, KY, NE, NJ, OR, PA, TN, VA, WI, WV, WY, GA, LA, MA, RI, UT, NY. CE credits for ensuing Modules are scheduled to be approved also. If your state is not on this list, please check with your state board, as most accept AVMA-related credits.
The entire course has also been awarded 50.5 IVAS CE credits.
This Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat is intended to train veterinarians in the use of Western Herbal Medicine. This is a comprehensive course including organ system-based Materia Medica, medicine-making, herb walks, self-care and more. This course is intended to help prepare the veterinarian to become a board-certified Veterinary Herbalist through the ACVBM (as soon as it is passed through the AVMA).
Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, a 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine Pricing:
$2,975.00 for all 5 Modules until January 1, 2019
Deposit Due: $1000.00