An Integrated Approach to Female Hormonal Health
Understand the common signs and symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances. This high-level instruction will provide you with detailed information about the organ systems involved in the endocrine processes.
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Meet your course instructor
Bev Maya | Medical Herbalist, Honours B.SC. Chemistry
Bev is a practicing Medical Herbalist who also speaks internationally and locally at conferences and colleges. She worked in the fields of medical research, sales and marketing for 15 years after graduation with an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry. Bev then completed studies in medical sciences and clinical training in the UK to become a Medical Herbalist. As a tenacious inquisitive, Bev focuses on demystifying menopause for those who do not respond to traditional approaches. At her solo clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Bev’s unique blend of education and experience has provided her with a rare ability to blend the intricacies of nervous, endocrine and digestive system physiology with emotional and spiritual root causes to create a comprehensive treatment plan for those with significant hormonal challenges. Bev previously worked for 15 years with a group of Physicians at the West Coast Women’s Clinic for Hormonal Health and continues to interface with physician in Vancouver, BC that share her interest in the treatment of whole body hormonal health. Bev is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a professional member or American Herbalists Guild. Bev is one of 20 professionally trained Medical Herbalists in Canada.
Hormone imbalances can occur throughout our lives, changing the way our organs function, and therefore our overall health. Bev Maya, a practicing Medical Herbalist from Vancouver BC, guides students into understanding the common signs and symptoms associated with hormone imbalances. Through this course, she’ll describe the role of each hormone-producing organ and describe how they affect each other. Bev also highlights the key concepts of Somatic Syndrome, and how it’s recognized. Students will be lead through real case studies to further understand the contributors in its development—from the primary organs of elimination, to the entire hormonal signaling axis. This course is also chock-full of preventative holistic health tips!
This course has two more parts which we highly recommend taking to further your knowledge and help you understand specific lab test results and herbal treatments: An Integrative Female Approach: Treatment Protocols For Common Hormonal Case Studies, and Reading Diagnostic Laboratory Blood Tests For Female Hormonal Health.
You will learn about:
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of hormone-producing organ imbalance
- Clusters of symptoms that are often treated in isolation, and their common pathological origins
- The importance of brain, liver, kidney, and digestive function on female hormonal health
- A holistic preventative approach to health
- Specific details on preventative and treatment approaches for optimum adrenal, thyroid, pancreatic, and reproductive hormonal health
- Treatment: Are you an Individual or a Machine?
This is where you’ll meet Bev and she will give you an overview of what you’re about to learn!
- What Is Somatic Syndrome and How Do You Recognize It?
In this section, Bev talks about homeostasis and allostasis. She outlines the ideas of homeostasis as a linear model verses allostasis as a complex, organic, and changeable model.
- Primary Elimination
Bev defines Somatic Syndrome and provides clinical symptoms with diagnoses for you to review.
- HPATGG Axis
Here, Bev describes the critical endocrine organs in the body and their interface with immune and nervous systems.
- Recognizing Endocrine Organ Function and Dysfunction
How do we know when a hormone-producing organ is out of balance? In this section, Bev outlines how to spot endocrine imbalance.
- Hormone Pathways and Liver Function
The liver creates the transformations from cholesterol to estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and many other intermediary hormones. Bev describes the importance of optimum liver function and its role in hormonal balance. Discover the anatomy of the adrenal glands, as well as the effect of chronic stress on the function of the adrenals in relationship to other hormones in the body. Bev covers the effect of stress on neurotransmitters, as well as the three phases of adrenal dysfunction, including dietary and lifestyle considerations.
- Adrenal Glands
Discover the anatomy of the adrenal glands, as well as the effect of chronic stress on the function of the adrenals in relationship to other hormones in the body. Bev explains the effect of stress on neurotransmitters, as well as the three phases of adrenal dysfunction, including dietary and lifestyle considerations.
In this unit, Bev describes thyroid anatomy, as well as the activity of T4, T3 and TSH. The role of thyroid hormones on enzymes as “metabolic catalysts” is discussed, and Bev highlights the effect of “conservation mode” on symptoms related to overall hormone balance.
Here, Bev discusses the endocrine function of the pancreas in relation to its anatomy. She also covers the relationship between the stages of adrenal dysfunction and insulin resistance.
- Reproductive Hormones
In this section, Bev dives into the function of estrogen, progesterone, androgens, and its precursor, pregnenolone. She outlines these under the scope of the “yin and yang” balances in the body.
Bev reviews the endocrine system. Hormonal symptoms that may seem confusing are dissected by making connections between the adrenals, thyroid, and pancreas for a holistic picture of how hormones function in the body.
Students are saying…
Excellent teaching! Very scientific and informative.
It was perfect. Love the way that Bev explains everything, she’s not dull at all. I work with women in the divine feminine (the energy part), but I wanted to learn a little bit more about the physical (scientific) part of being a woman, so that I can work with women in a more holistic way.
“This was an incredible course. I am feeling more confident in my understanding of hormones.”
“Great course. I’ve experienced adrenal fatigue and want to be able to help others. It’s a great starting point for people wanting to know more about how our hormones work and affect us.”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.