Menstrual Cycle-Tracking & Herbal Medicine
Gain insight into herbs and foods for supporting the life phases from puberty to postmenopause of the anatomical woman.
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Meet your course instructor
Krista Dawn Poulton | Medical Herbalist, DIP PHYT, RHT
Krista Dawn Poulton is a Medical Herbalist in Victoria, BC. She balances her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, along with supervising clinical training. Her mission with her practice is to teach women to love and adore their bodies, address societal norms of body awareness, and educate ways to shift reproductive issues with the use of herbs, diet and supplements. Krista’s clinical practice focuses primarily on reproductive health from post-birth control care, fertility planning to infertility, endometriosis, fibroids and PCOS.
This course was designed to follow Krista’s introductory course, Women’s Health – Anatomy, Hormones & Cycle-Tracking. Taking this introductory course will ensure you fully understand anatomy and hormones before moving on to learning about herbs. We recommend taking them as a pair!
If you’re planning to use herbs in a clinic setting, we suggest taking the course Menstrual Cycle-Tracking and Herbal Medicine for Practitioners either following or instead of this course.
As women move through the transitions of puberty, fertile years, and perimenopause/menopause, specific herbs and lifestyle recommendations can be a big help for overall health. Krista Dawn Poulton, an experienced herbalist and teacher of herbalism, will discuss these recommendations as well as some of the specific conditions women face during these transitions. Those that will be presented in detail include painful menstruation, hormonal acne, mood irregularity, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, endometriosis, and infertility.
This class is ideal for the general public, but self-studied herbalists will be sure to gain a wealth of knowledge too!
You will learn about:
- Menstrual cycle-charting with basal body temperature, cervical changes, and cervical mucous
- Identifying the follicular and luteal phase pathologies including progesterone deficiency leading to recurrent miscarriages
- Anovulatory cycles leading to infertility
- PCOS and estrogen dominance leading to fibroids and endometriosis
- The causes for hormonal disruption
- An overview of the hormonal system
- The transitions of a woman’s life through puberty, fertile years, and perimenopause/menopause
- Herbs to assist with hormone management through said stages
- Causes for Hormonal Disruption & Overview of Hormonal Systems
In this section, Krista explains the reasons for hormonal disruption and examines the interconnectedness of hormonal systems in the body.
- Herbs for Adolescents
Here Krista covers the herbs that are best-suited to use during the adolescent years to help with many conditions including low mood, acne, and irregular cycles.
- Herbs for Fertile Years
Krista speaks about specific herbs indicated for the fertile years in this unit. Some conditions addressed include premenstrual syndrome, painful menstruation, and acne.
- Menstrual Colour
Menstrual blood colour and blood consistency can be interpreted to give insight to hormonal levels. Learn how to interpret these findings. Krista will provide information about specific botanicals to encourage healthy menstrual blood colour.
- Herbs for Perimenopause / Menopause Years
Did you know that 75% of women experience hot flashes? In this section, Krista presents the common symptoms that arise during this transitional phase in a woman’s life. Botanicals can provide relief and Krista presents which ones to use for hot flashes, along with low libido and migraine headaches.
- Assessment of Cycle Charts
In this unit, Krista discusses the various reasons for menstrual cycle-charting. This includes tracking fertility, planning for menstruation, and addressing hormonal conditions. Here, you will learn how to read cycle charts, so that you can feel empowered to analyze your own.
- Assessing Pathology with Cycle-Charting – Follicular Phase | Part I
Reproductive pathologies can be assessed in the follicular phase of the cycle chart. In this section, Krista will teach you how to assess these. Students will also learn about botanicals and supplements to assist with low and high thyroid and high estrogen conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids.
- Assessing Pathology with Cycle-Charting – Follicular Phase | Part II
This unit is a continuation of reproductive pathologies in the follicular phase. Krista discusses conditions of stress, painful ovulation, PCOS, androgen excess, anovulatory cycles, and estrogen deficiency in depth.
- Assessing Pathology with Cycle-Charting – Luteal Phase
Here, Krista covers reproductive pathologies that can be assessed in the luteal phase of the cycle chart. Recommended botanicals and supplements are presented to assist with low progesterone that can lead to infertility or early miscarriage.
- Temperature Chart Template
Now that you have learned all of this invaluable information, it is time to download your temperature chart template so that you can start practicing!
Students are saying…
“I had struggled with chronic severe acne on my chest, face, and back for over 15 years…[after taking Krista’s course] I finally have clear skin! I am constantly recommending her to anyone who shares about hormonal imbalance and acne.”
“Super interesting, and helpful! Excited to dive into understanding my own cycle and system, which for so long felt like an annoying or difficult mystery. Now I have a much better understanding and tools to figure it out!”
“Fantastic. I’m very excited to take what I have learned and take control of my health!”
“I think women and young girls should be taught this more and more for our own awareness. I could’ve used a lot more of this information when I was younger.”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.