Unit 2 lessons

 
 

Lesson 14: The Healthy Menstrual Cycle and Body Care During the Moontime

Numerous factors influence the menstrual cycle, including a woman’s nutritional status, stress levels, body weight, exercise patterns, attitudes and beliefs about menstruation, and environmental and workplace exposures. Investigation into these factors can sometimes explain dysfunction; corrections can often restore physiologic and emotional balance. A holistic approach to preventing and treating menstrual dysfunction should always include […]

 

Lesson 15: Menstruation and Adolescents

The herbal educator can play an important role in helping teenage girls to develop a positive self-image, and can provide valuable guidance in helping young women learn natural gynecologic self care. It has long been my vision that herbalists and midwives could serve as community educators, going into local middle and high schools and offer […]

 

Lesson 16: Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

Dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain are very common reasons for which women seek gynecologic care. Causes can range from simple menstrual cramps to complex anatomic anomalies. Treatment approaches can, likewise, range from simple to complex, and from symptomatic to systemic. It is important to be able to differentiate between primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea, as well […]

 

Lesson 17: Menstrual Irregularity

Menstrual irregularity is a common gynecologic issue that may be presented by your client as her sole concern, or it may be a secondary concern that arises in the context of other gynecologic problems, for example, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or fertility challenges. More rarely, a client will present with menstrual irregularity accompanied by symptoms […]

 

Lesson 18: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Approximately 85% of all women experience at least one PMS symptom with each menstrual cycle, and as many as 40% of women of reproductive age report significant  problems associated with their menstrual cycles. PMS leads to missed school/work days, decreased ability to concentrate/ function at school/work, and relationship stresses. The symptoms can range from mild […]

 

Lesson 19: Fibrocyctic Breasts and Breast Pain

Fibrocystic breast changes and fibroadenomas are so common that many practitioners consider some amount of fibrocystic breast tissue a variation of normal and reject the term “benign breast disease,” preferring simply “fibrocystic breasts” or “fibrocystic breast changes.” While these changes are nearly always benign, with only a very small percentage of women who report such […]

 

Lesson 20: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Previously considered primarily a gynecologic condition because of the common finding of polycystic ovaries and clinical reproductive problems, it is now recognized that PCOS, which affects approximately 5-10% of women of reproductive age, is a complex endocrine disorder with an uncertain, and likely multifactorial, etiology. It is a hyperandrogenic state characterized by hirsutism, menstrual irregularities, […]

 

Lesson 21: Endometriosis

How to Do Lesson 21 1. Read Lesson PDF 2. Read Required Reading 3. Do E-Quiz 4. Download, complete, save, and complete Self-Study Assignment

 

Lesson 22: Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections and sexually transmitted infections represent a tremendous health concern for women. They cause physical discomfort, personal embarrassment, are a primary reason for visits to the medical doctor and use of prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and predispose women to serious health consequences, for example, infertility, pregnancy loss, fetal and neonatal death, and HIV/AIDS […]

 

Lesson 23: Urinary Tract Infections and Interstitial Cystitis

How to Do Lesson 23 1. Read Lesson PDF 2. Read Required Reading 3. Do E-Quiz 4. Download, complete, save, and complete Self-Study Assignment

 

Lesson 24: Uterine Fibroids

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Lesson 25: Contraception and Issues in Unplanned Pregnancies

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Lesson 26: Materia Medica for Women 2

The materia medica section of each unit provides an overview of a selection of the herbs relevant to understanding the botanical treatment of conditions found in that unit and throughout the course. Unit 2 materia medica relates to general gynecology. General uses of these herbs can be reviewed in any number of herb books, including […]

 

Unit 2: Cases, Formulas, and Reflections Self-Study Guide

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