1-Hour Webinar called “Introduction to Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine”
For the Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
"MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY AND ADAPTOGENS" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS
Published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA). Article first appeared in Volume 44, Fall Issue, 2016
"Herbal Intervention for Thyroid Dysfunction" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS
Published in the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4
"Western herbal treatments for allergies" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS
Published in the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2
...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
"HERBAL EXPOSITION: VALERIAN" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS
Published in the Journal of Veterinary Botanical Medicine, Fall 2014
My President’s Message in the Fall 2014 Issue
The world is growing and shrinking at the same time…
I was perusing my advanced copy of the journal, and I noticed with pleasure how many articles in here are either by veterinarians outside the USA or about places outside the USA. The world is growing in our ability to travel to far-away lands, and meet and converse with people from around the world. I am excited about how multi-cultural our journal is becoming! We can all learn so much from one another and discourse is the way to make that happen.
The world is shrinking, in that as we meet people from foreign lands, we realize we all have the same basic make-up: we all need food, air, water, shelter, and love. As holistic vets, we all are treating our patients in similar ways. I was struck in Astri Hagenlund’s article that two of her go-to herbs are two of my favorites: plantain and yarrow. I was recently in Peru, and we saw “una de gato” or cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa). I have been taught to use cat’s claw for arthritis (rheumatic and osteo), immunomodulation and GI ulcers. In Peru, it is much bigger, and they use it for hydration: if you are in the jungle with no water, you can cut a big stalk and tip it into your mouth: it will work like a spigot and you will have fresh mineral water already filtered by the bush! Another thing that struck me was that different locales have different plants due to the ecology and weather of the area, but we all treat the same things: aches and pains, venomous bites, colds and flus, stomach ailments and mental disorders (among others).
In a world that is increasingly divided, we should remember that underneath it all, we are so similar. Whether we use Western herbs, Chinese herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, allopathic medicine, or any of the many other modalities, we are all just here to help and to spread wellness and nurturing to our world.
Let’s do it together!