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Herbal Medicine for Women Distance Learning Program

If you are interested in:
• reclaiming women’s wisdom and empowerment
• herbal and natural medicine for women’s health
• being part of a thriving women’s herbal learning community
…then this course is for you!

Herbal Medicine for Women is a powerful, comprehensive 400-hour WomanWise course designed and taught by herbalist-midwife-MD Aviva Romm, that imparts the academic knowledge and foundational skills needed to become a qualified women’s herbal educator and consultant.  This program uniquely integrates traditional herbal wisdom, clinical experience, and critically reviewed botanical and scientific evidence for the prevention and treatment of common women’s health concerns. The sacred and spiritual are honored alongside critical thinking and practical skills. The course emphasizes a whole-woman approach to health.

And 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.

It’s also an amazing personal journey!




Who Can Enroll? And When?

…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!)

Enrollment is on-going; you can apply at any time and start when you are ready.

Why Take This Course?

Women need safe, natural, affordable alternatives to current medical treatments for common health problems. And if you found your way to this page, it’s probably your passion!

This course will allow you to:

  • Take back your health; take responsibility for your wellness
  • Gain knowledge and empowerment
  • 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 health conditions
  • Deepen your connection to the Earth and learn how natural rhythms influence health
  • Create meaningful work that you get paid to do!
  • Enhance professional clinical practices
  • Specialize in women’s herbal medicine
  • Clarify your personal path (practitioner, teacher, writer, medicine-maker)
  • Deepen your awareness and understanding of the psychoemotional and spiritual influences on health
  • Understand and use your gifts and skills for the good of yourself and the world

You can also gain CEUs doing this! (see below)

Core Topics You Will Learn

Foundations: 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.

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.


What Students Receive

As a student in HMW you 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

and 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.


Multi-media and on-line resources

  • Botanica: The Herbal Medicine for Women Newsletter  (and archives of all past editions)
  • Q&A and case review with Aviva – LIVE – every 3 months!
  • 30-minute personal career planning phone session with Aviva, after your final project and before graduation, which is recorded and sent to you
  • Video to accompany lessons including case reviews, detailed explanations of complex topics such as PCOS and hormonal feedback loops, herb walks, medicine making and formulating.
  • Active forum with on-going cases, moderated by Aviva!
  • Access to all telegathering archives
  • Bonus recordings of Aviva’s talks from numerous herbal conferences
  • Ongoing email interaction with Aviva
  • Unlimited access to the  HMW student forum
  • Access to an on-line student directory
  • Lifetime access to all of the archives available to students, including newly posted audio and video materials
Students also receive
  • Discounts with top quality herb companies including Herb Pharm, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Herbalist & Alchemist
  • Access to an ever-growing e-library of research articles
  • Quick access to answers to tough herbal questions via Aviva’s extensive network of herbal colleagues and community
  • A GORGEOUS frameable diploma designed by Durga Bernhard for all graduates of the program

Students receive comprehensive written responses and evaluations for all submitted required course work.

Coming soon! Video lectures with Aviva to accompany the lessons!

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Continuing Education Credit

Herbal Medicine for Women has been approved for the following CEUs:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwives: American College of Nurse Midwives, Program #2014/007
  • Naturopaths: Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners, #PDP-HMW
  • Acupuncturists: California Acupuncture Board, Provider #1044
  • Meets Category 1 requirements for the recertification of Certified Professional Midwives (North American Registry of Midwives).

In addition, some professional associations may accept earned credits toward recertification even though Herbal Medicine for Women is not specifically approved by them as a provider of continuing education.  The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), for example, states that credits (PDA points) may be earned in the category of “professional enhancements” when appropriate documentation of the study is provided.  Please contact our office with any questions about CEUs and what we can provide by way of documentation to facilitate your submission of credits for work completed in this program.


US Students: $2,150.00
International Students
  • All payments to be made in US dollars.
  • All communication and lesson grading is done online and by email
  • International Students: add an additional $50 for shipping
Methods of Payment
  • Check or money order
  • Bank or credit cards through PayPal
Payment Plan

The payment plan allows you to pay for the course in 3 installments. You pay $1075.00 at the time of enrollment and then 2 further payments of $575.00 in the following 6 months. Course materials are sent out in installments.

International students who utilize the payment plan are charged an additional fee to enroll using the payment plan ($50) to cover the cost of the additional shipping.

The payment plan may not be applied to study groups.

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.

Study Groups

Study groups can register at a special discounted rate! When three or more women register together, the cost per student is $1850 ($1800 if you already have Aviva’s textbook). All study group payments must be received in full before materials will be sent. There are no payment plan options for study groups. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Additional Expenses/Supplies

  • Basic herb supplies for hands-on assignments
  • Principles and Practices of Phytotherapy (Mills and Bone)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology at a Glance (Norwitz and Schorge)

Students will need access to either an up-to-date women’s health textbook, internet access, or access to a medical library. Additionally, students may want to have access to women’s herbals for research projects.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I do when I graduate?

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

Will this course prepare me to become a practicing herbalist?

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.

How long does it take to complete the course?
How many hours of total study?

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.

What credentials are conferred upon completion?

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.

What does it take to complete the course?

The WomanWise Certified Women’s Herbal Educator™ Program requires passing grades for all lessons, the successful completion of a women’s health reading curriculum, a final project, and a final exam.

Not the ‘student-type’? Not to worry!

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.

About distance learning

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. And distance learning is now a highly respected form of education – I went back to college via distance-learning university program!

Distance learning does require a certain amount of motivation and self-discipline, but most of my courses include a forum with other learners so you always have supportive allies cheering you on – including me! And with the short courses there are no grades or exams. It’s just learning for your pure pleasure! Drop those old school anxieties and finally learn what you want to – with no pressure!

Get Empowered! Listen to Herbal Medicine for Women Q&A with Aviva Romm.  Click here to download this talk.

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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.