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Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.


Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.


Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

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Western Herbal Medicine, Bach Flower Remedies and Nutrition
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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.


About Dr. Laurie...Dr. Laurie Dohmen

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...

As the President of the VBMA, let me tell you what the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association is all about.


Our Herbs Blog: “Alternative” Healthcare

In my teaching at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), I interact with many nutrition students.  Every term, there is a different fad diet that the new students are all excited about.  Right now, “alternative” healthcare is a popular “fad” with consumers.  The whole concept astounds me.  Herbs are the original healthcare.  They are not new or alternative.  Until recent history, there was no “alternative.” Many allopathic drugs are derived from herbs, such as digitalis and birth control pills and tamoxifen.  A (truly) new trend in ethnomedicine is for drug companies to go into various tribal cultures to study the plant medicines they use and what the plants are used for in an effort to make new allopathic medicines... Read all about it!

Herbal Intervention for Thyroid Dysfunction By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Publications and Articles

...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!


Seminars, Talks, Classes and Trips

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April 28-30, 2017

5-Module Course
Fall of 2017

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism

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.

This course has been awarded 15 International Veterinary Acupuncture Society CE

the Sanderling Resort
Come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about Western Herbs. Stay at the Sanderling Resort, as part of your self-care.  As their brochure states: “The casually elegant first-class amenities blend seamlessly with the spectacular landscape to foster connection and renewal.”

To make a reservation, please call the SANDERLING Reservation Department at (800) 701-4111 or (252) 261-4111, and idenify yourslef as being with Purple Moon Herbs & Studies to reserve a room with the group rate.

This Philosophy of Western Medical Herbalism course is intended to be a precursor introduction to a larger 5-module course we will be 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, 2017.

Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism 3-Day Intensive ... $575.00

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American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

We are pleased to announce that this course is being co-sponsored by the AHVMA, an AVMA affiliate organization.  CE credits 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.  If your state is not on this list, please check with your state board, as most accept AVMA-related credits.

Dr. Laurie Dohmen
Dr. Kris August
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Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism
October 21-24, 2017

San Diego, California

2017 AHVMA Conference

Bach Flower Essences: Psychological Therapy

"Simple" Herbal Therapy

Adaptogenic Herbs

Dr. Laurie Dohmen Click here to visit the AHVMA Site
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Click here to see the Seminar Schedule for the Year

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...it is very important to keep in mind that these herbs are drugs: herbal MEDICINE... 

All in all, herbal medicine is wonderful when it is used correctly and safely. 

We need to keep in mind it is medicine...