Author Archive: Aviva Romm


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Lesson 43: Healthy Menopause and Body Care During the Wisdom Years

Here’s a striking way to think about menopause: the average age of “the change” for women in the US is 51 years and the average life expectancy is 83 years; thus women in the US spend approximately one-third of their lives in the menopausal years! Also significant is the sheer volume of women in the […]


Lesson 44: Hormone Replacement Therapy

How to Do Lesson 44 1. Read Lesson PDF 2. Read Required Reading 3. Do E-Quiz


Lesson 45: Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Many women consider hot flashes the worst of the perimenopausal symptoms. There has been an effort in the alternative health movement to reframe the experience of hot flashes into something positive – for example, energy rushes, power surges, etc. For many women this can be a helpful way to embrace the power and intensity of […]


Lesson 46: Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression

Depression is marked by feelings of hopelessness, despair, dejection, sadness, and low vitality. It can affect every aspect of a woman’s life from home to work, and may be mild to severe. The causes of depression are many and include biochemical imbalances, medical illness, trauma (past or recent), nutritional deficiencies, dietary factors, stress, psychosocial issues, […]


Lesson 47: Uterine Bleeding

Why is it important for herbalists to know how to address common, benign causes of vaginal bleeding? Because hysterectomy is one of the most commonly recommended treatments for vaginal bleeding, with as many as 650,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the US (that’s 12 per second!), more than half of which are considered unnecessary! By age […]


Lesson 48: Vaginal Dryness, Uterine Prolapse, Low Libido

Our bodies inevitably change with age. While we can be just as sexy at 45, 55, and older and we’re way smarter and more sophisticated than when we were 20 and 30, for many women the actual physical matrix of the vaginal tissue is less full, plump and juicy than it was prior to menopause […]


Lesson 49: Prevention of Heart Disease

The heart is both a precious life-sustaining organ and a metaphor for the love, joy, and pain we feel. It is where we literally, and metaphorically, hold our joy and pain. The emotional experiences of our lives do have an impact on the heart; thus we have expressions such as heartache and heartbreak for our […]


Lesson 50: Osteoporosis

Congratulations! At the end of this lesson you will have completed the course work for Herbal Medicine for Women! I hope this has been a nourishing, empowering, and informative journey, and that along the way, you have begun to incorporate herbal medicines more into your personal life. I also hope that this is just the […]


Lesson 27: Botanical Medicine Safety During Pregnancy

INTRODUCTION (Read or listen to the recording in the audios section on this page) Herbs have been used for pregnancy, birth, and lactation since time immemorial, with texts and treatises dating at least back to ancient Egypt. Herbal medicines are still commonly used by childbearing women for a variety of reasons, for example, ginger root […]


Lesson 28: Fertility Challenges

Introduction Treatment for fertility problems has become increasingly common in recent decades – some of this is due to an increase in fertility challenges, especially delays in time to conception (when someone gets pregnant after starting to try). Some of this increase is due to a multibillion dollar annual fertility industry that takes advantage of […]


Lesson 29: Pregnancy Wellness

This course is predicated on the belief that women’s bodies know how to do the work of being women – including birthing. However, as a midwife and herbalist for over 25 years, and now as a physician, I am acutely aware that the mind has enormous power over the body. Numerous social and cultural beliefs […]


Lesson 30: Miscarriage

Miscarriage (also called spontaneous abortion) is the most common pregnancy complication. As many as 15% of all known pregnancies will end spontaneously before 20 weeks, and it is unknown how many more end before a woman even realizes she is pregnant; this number has been estimated to be as high as 75% of all conceptions. […]


Lesson 31: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum

More than 70% and as many as 88%% of pregnant women will experience nausea and vomiting to some extent during pregnancy. “Morning sickness,” or nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) often occurs in the morning but may occur any time of the day. Possible causes include the heightened sense of smell that commonly occurs in […]


Lesson 32: Constipation and Hemorrhoids

Elevated progesterone, the increasing weight of the growing baby and placenta, and increased water absorption in the bowel all combine to hinder intestinal motility and place mechanical pressure on the bowel, making constipation a common problem in pregnancy. These factors, including the constipation itself and increased blood vessel laxity, also a result of pregnancy hormones, […]


Lesson 33: Iron Deficiency Anemia

Anemia is the condition of low hemoglobin. It is considered to be the most common chronic disease and is especially common in pregnant women worldwide. A woman may already be anemic when she enters pregnancy or may become anemic due to insufficient dietary iron or due to a greater demand on stored iron than is […]