Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Upcoming Class - Ayurveda for Animals

This conference is intended to educate the veterinarian in Ayurvedic theory and its implementation into food and herbal therapy. Many of the herbs used in Ayurveda are also used in Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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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,

Personalized Training Sessions

Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine.

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Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism On the Outer Banks of North Carolina   Philosophy of Western Herbalism - Horses on the Outer Banks


Ayurveda for Animals


Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August


October 25-27, 2019


Lowood Educational Center

Duck, North Carolina


Conference Pricing:

Price: $475


Online Registration Is Now Closed


16 CE Credits available


The Ayurvedic Definition of HealthThis conference is intended to educate the veterinarian in Ayurvedic theory and its implementation into food and herbal therapy.  Many of the herbs used in Ayurveda are also used in Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  There will be introductory talks about Ayurvedic Theory, with explanation of the Elements, Doshas (personality types), Gunas (traits of each personality type), Dhatus (tissues), and the concept of Agni (digestive fire).  This will progress into a more in-depth look at interpreting Ayurvedic Materia Medica, followed by actual Materia Medica for foods and herbs. All food and herb lectures will include an organoleptic component.  The last day will be spent as a cooking lab, putting the Materia Medica into practice.  We will be preparing both foods and herbal remedies, and students will have the opportunity to learn techniques and sample what is prepared.

The Ayurvedic Definition of Health is “One who is established in self (svastha), who has balanced doshas (samadosa), balanced agni (samagni), properly formed tissues (dhatus), proper elimination of waste products (malas), well-functioning bodily processes, and whose mind (manah), soul (atma), and senses (indriya), and are full of bliss (Prasanna) is called a healthy person.”  - Susruta Samhita


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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.

During the breaks, in addition to snacking, students will have the opportunity to partake of abbreviated Qi Gong.  We all get stiff sitting in lectures, so we will be doing some stretching and moving in the breaks.  Qi Gong roughly translates to: “Qi” – energy or life force, “Gong” – work or skills.  We will be increasing our energy and life skills in the breaks.


Outer Banks

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses.

Corolla Wild HorsesIn the fall, the Outer Banks is still open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, it is not fully tourist season, so places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

The town of Duck has many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck.  We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference.  Slightly farther north, but also an easy drive is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la).  Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood.  In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day.  There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed.  “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (  Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (  Philosophy of  Western Medical HerbalismThe grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and a bridge right on the edge of the Sound.  Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road.  This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses.  “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” ( There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. They are offering all interested Purple Moon students a discounted rate of $45 if they want to do a horse tour.


Ayurveda for Animals 3-Day Intensive

Date and Time




Friday, October 25


Registration, Breakfast


Breakfast Nook
8:30-9:00 Introductions, Intentions, Announcements Overview of area, announcements, Introduce ourselves, Mindful opening Classroom
9:00-10:30 General Theory This lecture will start with a general introduction to Ayurveda.  We will then explain the Elements, Doshas (personality types), Gunas (traits of each personality type), Dhatus (tissues), and the concept of Agni (digestive fire).  Classroom


Break Qi Gong available


11:00-12:30 General Theory continued Continued Classroom
12:30-2:00 Lunch



2:00-3:30 Food and Herb Theory An Ayurvedic monograph has different categories than a Western Herbal monograph, or even a Chinese Herbal Monograph.  This lecture will explain all the parts of the monograph and the Ayurvedic theory on herb and food use as medicine.  Classroom
3:30-4:00 Break Qi Gong available  
4:00-5:30 Food and Herb Theory continued Continued Classroom

Saturday, October 26

8:00-8:30 Breakfast   Breakfast Nook
8:20-8:30 Daily Opening   Classroom
8:30-10:00 Ayurvedic Foods In this lecture, we will present a variety of food monographs from an Ayurvedic perspective.  We will explain how and when to use these foods medicinally.  Classroom
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12:00 Ayurvedic Foods continued Continued Classroom
12:00-1:30 Lunch



1:30-3:00 Ayurvedic Herbs In this lecture, we will present a variety of Ayurvedic herbal monographs.  We will explain how and when to use these herbs medicinally, both internally and topically. Classroom
3:00-3:30 Break Qi Gong available  
3:30-5:00 Ayurvedic Herbs continued Continued Classroom

Sunday, October 27

8:00-8:30 Breakfast Breakfast Nook
8:20-8:30 Daily Opening Classroom
8:30-10 Ayurvedic Lifestyle One of the greatest benefits in Ayurveda is incorporating healthy habits into daily life. The Ayurvedic clock follows the natural rhythms of the day and of the seasons, making time for activity, rest, focused work, nourishment, self-care and other important aspects of health maintenance. In this lecture, we will go through the Ayurvedic schedules for day and seasons. Classroom
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-1:00 Lab: Food and Herb Preparation This lab will be the organoleptic part of the food and herb lectures.  We will demonstrate how to prepare certain herbs and foods, as well as sample where appropriate.  Classroom
1:00-1:30 Closing   Classroom

**This schedule is subject to change.**


Conference Pricing:

Price: $475


Discount for onsite signup: $35

Special Price: $440


Deposit Due: $150

Remainder due by September 1, 2019


Online Registration Is Now Closed


Speaker Bios


Dr. Laurie DohmenDr. Laurie Dohmen

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where allopathic medicine 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.

At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed.  There was even research that vaccines and medicines that have been used and prescribed for years can actually do more harm than good.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs.   She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014.  She recently down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She now lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal).  She is writing a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August slated to be offered autumn, 2017.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA.  She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal.  Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals.  She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.



Dr. Kris AugustDr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.



Conference Pricing:

Price: $475


Online Registration Is Now Closed


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