Taught by Aviva Romm, herbalist, MD, midwife

Herbal medicines and functional nutrition are the core tools I turn to again and again to help the women in my medical practice regain their vitality, energy, and health. With 30 years of experience in my back pocket, I’ve got a ton of information, skills, pearls, and strategies that I hope you’ll let me share with you for the benefit of the women in your practice, and in your life!

Goodness knows,


  • 1 in 6 women struggles with fertility problems.
  • We have a 34% cesarean section rate in the US.
  • New data shows that women’s health in pregnancy can determine whether the next generation experiences diabetes, allergies, asthma –
    even autism.
  • Millions of women suffer from endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, and menopausal problems.
  • Over 10% of women have PCOS – which carries the same risks of heart disease as diabetes.
  • More unnecessary surgeries are done for women’s gynecologic problems than for any other health problems.
  • Chronic disease rates are increasing in women at a rapid rate, with women now as likely or more likely to have heart attacks than men!
  • More and more medications are known to have harmful side effects – and most of the drugs on the market have not even been tested on women.
  • Something needs to be done!

    Be part of the solution.

    Herbal Medicine for Women is the most comprehensive professional women’s herbal training program in the world. Over 1000 students on 5 continents in 20 different countries! You won’t get better training than this!

My mission is to help women flourish.

We need a new paradigm for women’s health. That is the approach you will learn in this course. Herbal Medicine for Women is a powerful, comprehensive 400-hour course recognized by midwifery, nursing, naturopathic medicine, and acupuncture accrediting agencies. This program uniquely integrates traditional herbal wisdom, clinical experience, and critically reviewed botanical and nutrition scientific evidence for the prevention and treatment of common women’s health concerns. The course emphasizes a whole-woman approach to health taking into consideration body, mind, and the woman wellness in the context of her life. It’s also an amazing personal journey created and led by Dr. Aviva Romm, a global and well-loved leader in integrative, functional, and botanical medicine for women.


Want a Taste of What You’ll Learn in the Course?


    This popular talk was presented by Aviva at the Midwest Women’s Herb Conference, June 2013


    Enjoy this lesson on Transformational Healing from Unit 1 of Herbal Medicine for Women.


    Enjoy this video on organizing a client plan from Unit 1 of Herbal Medicine for Women.


And this is just the beginning!

Why Take This Course?

Women need safe, natural, affordable alternatives to current medical treatments for common health problems. This course will help you to:

  • Take back your health; take responsibility for your own wellness.
  • Recognize, listen to, and trust your body knowledge and help others learn to do the same
  • Let go of fear created by a disease-based medical model and embrace a woman-centered approach to healing
  • Develop the skills needed to promote health and prevent and treat common women’s health conditions
  • Learn to bring functional medicine and nutrition into your practice
  • Develop a strong knowledge of herbal medicine for women’s health
  • Deepen your connection to the Earth and learn how natural rhythms influence health
  • Enhance your professional clinical practice
  • Specialize in women’s herbal medicine
  • Clarify your personal path (practitioner, teacher, writer, medicine-maker, entrepreneur)
  • Deepen your awareness and understanding of the psychoemotional and spiritual influences on health


As an Herbal Medicine for Women student you will learn how to use herbs, along with nutritional support, effectively for women’s health problems throughout women’s entire life cycles and:

LEARN how to think thru complex women’s health conditions
APPLY integrative and functional medicine techniques to enhance client success and grow your business.
USE mind-body tools to transform women’s health and lives
GENERATE effective wellness plans with herbs, food, & appropriate supplements
HELP yourself, the women in your life, and your clients or patients ACHIEVE OPTIMAL WELLNESS


Core Course Topics

History of Herbal Medicine for Women • Current Trends in Women’s Health • Herbal Medicine Philosophy • Spirituality & Women’s Health • Mind-Body Tools & Techniques • A Functional Medicine Approach to Herbal Medicine • Food as Medicine • Herbal Pharmacology • Herbal Properties & Actions • Setting up an Herbal Practice & Clinical Strategies • Herbal Preparations & Medicine Making • Herb-Drug Interactions • Herbal Product Safety • Setting up an Herb Business • The Art of Teaching Herbal Medicine • Women’s Reproductive Anatomy & Physiology • Basics of Endocrinology • Women’s Hormones

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

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.

Each clinical 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.

Not only will you learn about herbal medicine, you will learn how to be successful at doing what you love, loving your clients, having fun, and perhaps even changing the world – for one woman or for many.

What Students Receive

As an HMW student, you will become part 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 handbooks:
  • Foundations in Botanical Medicine for Women
  • Herbs for Gynecologic and Menstrual Health
  • Herbs for Childbearing Women
  • Herbs for the Wisdom Years

PLUS Aviva’s award-winning textbook, Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (Elsevier/Churchill, 2010)

Each handbook contains 10–16 lessons, medical abstracts, homework project assignments, and experiments for each lesson. Each lesson is also cross-referenced to related optional reading in major herbal medicine texts and books. Students receive thoughtful written responses and evaluations for submitted required course work.


  • Multi-media and on-line resources

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  • Thriving, Supportive Women’s Online Community

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  • Continuing Education Credit

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  • Payment Plan

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  • Great Discounts

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  • Study Groups

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Students also receive
  • Access to an e-library of herbal and women’s health research articles
  • Quick access to answers to tough herbal questions via Aviva’s extensive network of herbal colleagues and community
  • A GORGEOUS frameable diploma + a special graduation gift
Cost: Only $2,150.00 (Payment plan and study group discount available – see above)


Why this great price? Though my students say I should be charging many times the price of this course, I feel that health care, and health information, should be accessible and affordable. This is a price anyone can afford to invest in for professional training, and you will more than be able to make your money back with the new skills you can market in your practice. The community support and connection, pearls of wisdom, and personal growth that come with this program – priceless!

  • International Students: add an additional $50 for shipping
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy: We want you to be happy with your program. Unfortunately refunds cannot be provided on the course once materials have been shipped.

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What Students Are Saying

  • You are absolutely going to love the course. It will change your life. ~ LP
  • I told my friends: if Harvard offered me a spot right now, and I could choose to enroll in Harvard or Aviva’s course, I would still choose Aviva’s! It is so mama/woman/human friendly while still being academically satisfying! ~ EM
  • I absolutely love it! It speaks directly to my heart and this way of being. This course has been INVALUABLE to my midwifery work! ~ KS
  • I am enrolled in this course and am loving everything in it. I’ve never seen a more comprehensive or visually beautiful course and I have looked! I am homeschooling mom of 6 and an herbalist who works from home. It is totally doable even with our busy lives. It is at your own pace, but the recommended time for completion is 18 months or more, I believe. I find myself re-reading each lesson multiple times to really solidify what I am learning. I would suggest setting a time that is your study time and honoring that habit. That way you are able to fit it in. I have been out of my groove of study time and am reimplementing it this week! You will love it! ~ Jonelle
  • Although I am an easily distracted person who has often times requires one-on-one interaction with an instructor, I have had no regret with going outside of my comfort zone and taking this course. And it’s 100% because of the awesome personal extras that Aviva adds.
Quite honestly, the course is superior to anything I have seen. I think for women’s practitioners such as myself there is no better course. I also think that for those who desire to be practitioners for all ages and genders would be able to provide much better care with this program under their belt. ~ Anji C.
  • When I signed up I had no idea how comprehensive this course would be – it has added so much to my comprehension and confidence. This course has reinforced my inner passion for herbs and greatly expanded my knowledge about them. ~ LF
  • I absolutely love the student/instructor dialogue and the excellent documents available to us on the website. The wealth of information and your virtual support gives me confidence in my own ability to become a competent provider for my community. Whenever I pick up my course books, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your [Aviva’s] hard work to create a rigorous but understandable curriculum that is rich with historical, cultural, and medicinal relevance. All that to say, I am blessed – and blissed – to be a part of this group of wise women! ~ Sarah W
  • I am loving the content of the course …! I can already see my skills are changing and improving… My own vision and focus for my path is becoming more clear and focused. ~ MI
  • This course is SO much more than herbs for women. I’m super excited to be on this journey. ~ Faye L

Wanting Some Additional Information? Here Ya’ Go!


Women committed to life-long learning, a women’s health revolution, and making the world a better place!There are no prerequisites. Current students include midwives, herbalists, naturopaths, nurses, MDs, doulas, massage therapists, acupuncturists, businesswomen, and women who just want to deepen their personal knowledge of herbal medicine and natural health.

(Sorry fellas…this is a women-only course. This allows for an incredible openness in the course dialogue and forums. Pssst… It’s okay to peek at the written materials and videos over your favorite lady’s shoulder!)


Since everyone studies and learns at their own pace, it is impossible to quantify this exactly. I estimate that working at 3-4 hours/week you can reasonably complete this course in 18-24 months. Many students choose to take longer, working at a slower pace because of busy lives, or simply savoring the materials.


Upon successful completion of this program you may call yourself a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator. Graduates receive a Certificate as a Women’s Herbal Educator through the program, as well as a special graduation gift.


The skills you gain in this course will help you to be successful in:

  • Enhancing herbal medicine use in your life… and practice
  • Making a living as an herbalist
  • Enhancing or building a botanical consulting practice/ consulting in another practitioner’s office
  • Writing/publishing in herbal magazines
  • Teaching at herbal events, conferences, and schools
  • Making and selling herbal products
  • Starting your own or working for an herbal medicine company
  • Consulting for industry in formula development
  • Starting any number of herbally-related businesses

Yes. This course provides the academic foundation you need to practice botanical medicine for women’s health. If you are not a licensed clinician, you’ll still need clinical training before you go out there and hang your shingle. The good news is that successfully graduating from this course gives you caché and a letter of recommendation from me that is likely to help you land a great internship if you want to go further with your clinical training. If you are already a clinical practitioner with prescribing rights, you might want to do a short internship to see an herbalist in action, but in general, you will be able to use the knowledge gained in this course to add herbs right into your prescribing repertoire.

  • Principles and Practices of Phytotherapy (Mills and Bone)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology at a Glance (Norwitz and Schorge)
  • Botanical supplies for hands-on medicine making (about $150 total using HMW student discounts at Mountain Rose Botanicals)
  • Internet access – this is an online course

This WomanWise course will spark your personal confidence, empowerment, and creativity. You will be supported by a community of adult learners. And you can learn and complete materials at your own pace. Final projects are fun, and have ranged from art to academics. One student created an herbal kit for her daughters to take to college! Another created a website on postpartum herbal care. And there are no surprises in the final exam! This course is designed for you to grow, learn, and succeed.

Since everyone studies and learns at their own pace, it is impossible to quantify this exactly. I estimate that working at 3-4 hours/week you can reasonably complete this course in 18-24 months. Many students choose to take longer, working at a slower pace because of busy lives, or simply savoring the materials. You have 3 years from starting the course to receive the benefits of all of the direct grading from Dr. Romm and her team; you have an indefinite amount of time to complete the course on your own after this using grader’s guides to check your answers.


Distance learning is an excellent model for busy women – and aren’t we all! It allows us to learn in the comfort of our own homes, at our personal pace, with a cup of tea in hand! Online learning models offer multimedia personal touches like video and audio that you can download whenever you have the chance. Drop those old school anxieties and finally learn what you want to – with no pressure!


NOTE: This course does not substitute for clinical experience under the supervision and guidance of an experienced herbal practitioner. Completion of this program in no way confers the right or ability to practice any form of health care.


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