What You’ll Learn

My goal throughout this course is not simply to teach you the right herb or formula for this or that condition but to teach you how to think through health, health disruption, and healing. You will learn concepts and frameworks that will allow you to reason through any herbal case. And you will become knowledgeable about the best resources for finding information when you don’t already know it – and remember, we can’t know everything!


The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to  enter the house of his wisdom

but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

~Khalil Gibran


Core Topics


History of Herbal Medicine for Women • Current Trends in Women’s Health • Herbal Medicine Philosophy • Herbal Pharmacology • Herbal Properties and Actions •  Setting up an Herbal Practice and Clinical Strategies • Herbal Preparations and Medicine Making • Herb-Drug Interactions • Herbal Product Safety • Setting up an Herb Business • The Art of Teaching Herbal Medicine • Women’s Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology • Basics of Endocrinology •  Women’s Hormones


Health Conditions Faced by Women from Menarche through Menopause

The Healthy Menstrual Cycle • Menstruation and Adolescents • Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea) • Menstrual Irregularity • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) • Fibrocyctic Breasts and Breast Pain • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome • Endometriosis • Vaginal Infections • Urinary Tract • Infections and Interstitial Cystitis • Uterine Fibroids • Issues in Unplanned Pregnancies • Safety of Herbs During Pregnancy and Lactation • Fertility Problems • Pregnancy Wellness, Nutrition, and Body Care • Miscarriage Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy • Hyperemesis Gravidarum • Constipation and Hemorrhoids • Iron Deficiency Anemia • IBS During Pregnancy • Premature Labor and Uterine Irritability • Skin Problems • Insomnia and Nervous Disorders • Breech Presentation • Post Dates Pregnancy  • Prolonged Labor • Pain and Exhaustion in Labor • Perineal Care • Postpartum Depression •  Breastfeeding Problems • Healthy Menopause • Hormone Replacement Therapy • Hot Flashes and Night Sweats • Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression • Uterine Bleeding • Vaginal Dryness • Uterine Prolapse • Low Libido • Prevention of Heart Disease • Osteoporosis


Materia Medica, Herbal Formulation, and Prescribing for Women’s Health

Over 200 herbs are covered in this course. You will learn their clinical indications and actions, constituents, traditional and modern applications, safety issues and contraindications, and will learn from Aviva’s direct experience using these herbs in clinical practice and personal use.


Bonus Lessons

I am a firm believer that economic health and autonomy are important aspects of women’s health. In addition to providing you with tools to help yourself and the women in your life with herbal medicines, this course is also designed to help you be business smart. While not an MBA by any means, in the Bonus Lessons you will learn skills that will help you to launch your consulting practice, products line, courses, get articles published, etc. You will learn how to be mission driven and create a life you love.


Each lesson provides you with multi-media in-depth discussions of the condition being reviewed, the role of lifestyle, mind-body approaches, and nutrition in prevention and treatment, the  signs and symptoms of the condition, pathophysiology, the pros and cons of conventional treatments, risk factors and when to seek medical care, and extensive, detailed case reviews that teach you how Aviva approaches botanical strategies for treatment with guidance that will allow you to learn how to do this successfully and effectively.


What You’ll Receive

As a student in HMW you become a lifetime member of a rich community of women with a passion for natural women’s health and a deep love of herbal medicine. You will receive the highest quality, beautifully presented materials, personal instruction, and regular communication with Aviva and other students.


All students in Herbal Medicine for Women receive: 

Four print-ready downloadable handbooks containing a total of 50 Lessons + Bonus Lessons:

  • Foundations in Botanical Medicine for Women
  • Herbs for Gynecologic and Menstrual Health
  • Herbs for Childbearing Women
  • Herbs for the Wisdom Years, and
  • Aviva’s award-winning textbook, Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, 2nd edition (Elsevier/Churchill, 2017)

Access to the HMW Website

The HMW website is a state of the art, user friendly virtual campus and social network for the over 600 women enrolled in this course. All lessons are available on line, along with video and adjunct reading materials


Additional multi-media and on-line resources: 

  • Archives of all past editions Botanica: The Herbal Medicine for Women Newsletter
  • Video to accompany many lessons including case reviews, detailed explanations of complex topics such as PCOS and hormonal feedback loops, herb walks, medicine making and formulating.
  • Access to all telegathering archives
  • Bonus recordings of Aviva’s talks from numerous herbal conferences



  • Regular interaction with Aviva on the private HMW course Facebook page
  • Active engagement with classmates on private course Facebook page


Students also receive

  • Q&A and Case Review with Aviva – LIVE – every 2 months!
  • Discounts with top quality herb companies including Mountain Rose Herbs and Herbalist & Alchemist
  • A GORGEOUS frameable diploma designed by Durga Bernhard for all graduates of the program
  • A FREE copy of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Blue Cohosh Monograph


All students retain lifetime access to the HMW website including all of the archives available to students, including newly posted audio and video materials

Want to make a difference in women’s health?