Publications and Articles

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Publications and Articles

As I write for holistic and veterinary journals, the articles are posted here (after publication) to continue to educate and colaborate with you.

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Buckwheat

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

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

Horsetail

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

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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

MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY AND ADAPTOGENS By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Click on the cover above or here to download the article, in PDF format.


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

Published in the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4

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

Click on the cover above or here to access the entire issue online.  Go to Page 20 to start reading Dr. Laurie's article.


"Western herbal treatments for allergies" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Published in the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2

Western herbal treatments for allergies By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

...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

Click on the cover above or here to download the article, in PDF format.  It is 24 MB in size, so be patient.


"HERBAL EXPOSITION: VALERIAN" By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Published in the Journal of Veterinary Botanical Medicine, Fall 2014

HERBAL EXPOSITION: VALERIAN By Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Click on the cover above or here to download the article, in PDF format.  It is 4 MB in size, so be patient.


My President’s Message in the Fall 2014 Issue

of the JOURNAL OF VETERINARY BOTANICAL MEDICINE

Greetings!

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!

Laurie


 

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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...