Krista Dawn Poulton, Medical Herbalist, Dip Phyt, RHT Women’s Health – Menstrual Cycle-Tracking & Herbal Medicine
2 hours of video
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! The videos for this course were filmed at Ravenhill Herb Farm in Victoria, BC.
This course can be taken on its own, or paired another one:
This will be sure to help you fully understand how the female reproductive anatomy and hormonal system work together. We recommend taking them as a pair!
*Please note that many of the associations listed under ‘CEUs/PDAs’ do not formally pre-approve online courses for credits, and thus require the student to track their own online course hours to submit for approval for their annual CEU/PDA requirements.
Participants 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
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
Course Outline / Lesson Plan
- Causes For Hormonal Disruption & Overview Of Hormonal Systems
In this section, Krista will explain the reasons for hormonal disruption and examine the interconnectedness of hormonal systems in the body.
- Herbs For Adolescents
Here Krista will cover 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
Your menstrual blood colour and consistencies can tell a lot. Here, you will learn about what these differences in menstrual blood indicate. 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 the conditions of 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 1
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 2
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!
HOW LONG CAN YOU OWN THIS COURSE?
Lifetime access. Start when you want. Watch when you want.
WHO CAN TAKE THIS COURSE?
“I was fortunate to take a cycle charting class with Krista that completely changed my life.
I had struggled with chronic severe acne on my chest, face, and back for over 15 years and had seen countless doctors and practitioners with no success. I tried strict diets and purchased a cabinet full of creams and topical remedies over the years that never offered lasting results. I had nearly given up hope… I quickly became Krista’s client after that class and she started me on a specific herbal protocol to adjust the hormonal imbalance I was experiencing. It took some time to see results, but it has been the most worthwhile endeavour- this Summer I was able to wear a proper bathing suit and strappy dresses that revealed my back and chest for the first time in over 15 years! 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!”