DM Formula


DM Formula 85g

A two-thousand-year-old formula adapted using cutting edge research to support the dog with degenerative myelopathy and nerve disease seen in dogs giving a gradual reduction in feeling in the hind legs.


DM Formula how does it help?

Degenerative myelopathy (DM or CDRM) is a frustrating and heartbreaking condition for which modern medicine has no cure. Most vets typically have nothing to offer. Even the help of trained rehabilitation therapists may not be enough to stop the heartbreaking progression to complete paralysis.

What if that decline could be halted? What if we could even turn back the clock a little bit in DM dogs?

DM used to be described as ‘doggy MS’, but the disease is much more like the human disease known as ALS. Dogs with DM have a mutation in the gene that codes for the SOD-1 (superoxide dismutase) enzyme. Instead of acting as an antioxidant, the enzyme creates “excitotoxicity” by causing a build up of glutamate in the spinal cord. As in ALS, that build up is toxic to nerves, causing them to slowly die.

There’s no highly effective drug for ALS that we can borrow for the treatment of DM, but plenty of research has demonstrated the possible utility of plants for the condition.

Laboratory testing has shown that certain herbs can help decrease SOD in tissues and help protect neurons from dying from excess glutamate. We’ve integrated some of the most powerful of them into the DM Formula, which is an adaptation of the two-thousand-year-old formula known as Minor Bupleurum Combination (Xiao Chai Hu Tang).

If mutant SOD levels can be lowered and glutamate-induced injury mitigated, neurons in DM dogs that have not been fatally injured may return to some degree of normal function. Disease progression might be halted, and some animals may experience a return of strength and coordination.

Stabilization and improvement of DM dogs may be more likely if the patient is fed a real food diet that lowers the risk of oxidative stress and spinal cord inflammation. Improvement is also more likely if the patient is under the care of a rehabilitation therapist or physiotherapist. Specific treatments that may help include mobilisation of the spine using massage and gentle chiropractic; the reduction of cord inflammation using anti-inflammatory acupuncture and laser treatments; and the reduction of oxidative stress using ozone therapy.


  • Bupleurum root
  • Ginseng root
  • Rhubarb root and rhizome
  • Ginger rhizome
  • Pinellia rhizome
  • Jujube
  • Salvia root
  • Scutellaria root
  • Natural flavouring

DM Formula is an organically grown concentrated herbal extract in powdered form. If possible, start using the herbs a week or more before any diet change, and make those changes gradually over three or four days.

To use, just fold the herbs into your pet’s food, or shake them up with broth or water and pour them over top.

As a suggested starting dose, give twice daily as follows:

  • Up to 7 kgs : 1/8 tsp
  • 8 to 19 kgs: 1/4 tsp
  • 20 to 30 kgs: 1/2 tsp
  • 30 to 50 kgs: 3/4 tsp
  • Over 50 kgs: 1 tsp

If benefits are not seen, the dose can be safely doubled.

One bottle  lasts over a month for dogs 23 kgs and under; and for two weeks for 45 kilo dogs

Heather S. May 14, 2023, 6:12:34 PM
Fantastic formula for DM
As a veterinary acupuncturist and rehabilitation practitioner, this formula has been the only medication that has show true benefits in slowing the progression of Degenerative Myelopathy. I have had 8 patients with confirmed DM all use this product with great benefit. DM formula works best with a real food diet and rehabilitation combined and is ideal for early to middle stage of the disease.
Kathi R. May 12, 2023, 3:03:39 PM
An expensive experiment
It’s been an expensive experiment to try to help my large dog with DM. We’ve been using it for 5 months, and there is no discernable difference. He continues to decline rapidly.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 8 × 8 × 5 cm


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