Creating Herbal Formulas: Female Reproductive System Disorders

Creating Herbal Formulas: Female Reproductive System Disorders


This course is a continuation of the Creating Herbal Formulas online course series with Dr. Jillian Stansbury. This course series roughly follows Dr. Stansbury’s Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals book series, which is a compilation of her 30+ years of practice and experience in using botanical medicine in clinical practice!

Dr. Stansbury is a wealth of botanical and naturopathic knowledge and wisdom. She has a unique way of blending scientific research, folkloric understanding, and clinical application into one cohesive learning experience! Dr. Stansbury’s brain is like an encyclopedia, yet she has the ability to make her knowledge readily accessible to her students.

This course, Creating Herbal Formulas: Female Reproductive System Disorders, covers herbal therapies for the most common female reproductive disorders. Dr. Stansbury offers example herbal formulations for each disorder and she also provides an extensive materia medica review of several dozen herbs with folkloric and modern research detailing their indication on hormonal pathways and reproductive disorders.

Prepare to nerd out to botanical goodness!

Female Reproductive Disorders: Estrogen Dominance + Amphotericism (30 mins)

In the beginning of the course, Dr. Stansbury covers detailed explanations on the philosophical foundations of estrogen dominance and herbal amphotericism pertinent to the treatment of female reproductive disorders. She focuses on the role of estrogen and estrogen dominance, the role of other hormones in female reproductive health, and phytoestrogens.

Do you understand how phytoestrogens work? Like how they *really* work? Do you think synthetic phytoestrogen-like compounds exhibit more, less, or no amphotericism? (And what the heck is amphotericism?!) Dr. Stansbury explains the action of phytoestrogens and explains all that you need to know about amphotericism.

Female Reproductive Disorders: Creating Herbal Formulas (3 hours 30 mins)

Dr. Stansbury then shifts to focus on actually creating herbal formulas for specific female reproductive disorders and genital infections. She provides example formulations, as well as dosing and thought process behind the formulations, for the following conditions:

  • vaginitis, including infectious and atrophic
  • genital herpes
  • human papilloma virus (HPV), including genital warts, cervical dysplasia, and escharotic treatment
  • menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea
  • PMS
  • premenstrual acne
  • fertility/pregnancy
  • menopause, including hot flashes
  • osteoporosis
  • breast disorders, including mastitis and fibrocystic breast disease
  • ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • endometriosis
  • uterine fibroids

(It’s a 5 hour whopper of a course for a reason! Dr. Stansbury covers A LOT of material and disorders!)

Female Reproductive Disorders: Materia Medica Review (1 hour)

Now, for a Materia Medica review! [drum roll, please!]

In this portion of the course, Dr. Stansbury covers the main female reproductive herbs, their applications, benefits, and other clinical pearls that she has learned over the years, including:

  • Angelica sinensis (Dong Quai)
  • Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari)
  • Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus)
  • Dioscorrea villosa (Wild Yam)
  • Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed)
  • Fucus vesiculosis (Bladderwrack)
  • Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)
  • Humulus lupulus (Hops)
  • Hydrastis canadense (Goldenseal)
  • Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile)
  • Petroselinum crispum (Parsley)
  • Phytolacca americana (Pokeweed)
  • Raphanus sativus (Radish)
  • Rubus idaeus (Raspberry)
  • Serenoa repens (Saw Palmetto)
  • Smilax ornata (Sarsasparilla)
  • Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)
  • Thuja spp. (Cedar)
  • Viburnum spp. (Cramp Bark)
  • Vitex agnus castus (Chaste Tree Berry)
  • Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice)
  • Trigonella foenum-graecum (Fenugreek)

What You’ll Learn

  • The herbs and medicinal foods that are useful for female reproductive disorders
  • Example herbal formulations for a wide variety of female reproductive disorders that Dr. Stansbury uses with her own patients
  • How to craft herbal formulas of your own for an individualized approach for your patients
  • Why the liver and biliary system are important for hormone metabolism
  • How to create herbal formulas that enhance estrogen conjugation and excretion
  • The physiologic benefits of both legumes and cruciferous vegetables for female reproductive disorders and the precise molecular compounds and mechanisms of action involved in these benefits
  • What phytosterols are and examples of specific molecules and phytosterol compounds found in plants
  • The concept of amphotericism and the herbs and compounds that have an amphoteric effect
  • The neuroendocrine system and the herbs best used to treat female reproductive disorders via this pathway
  • How to use herbs based on their specific niche indications
  • How to use inositol compounds to enhance fertility and treat PCOS
  • How to use herbs capable of inducing enzymes important to the metabolism and estrogen and testosterone
  • How to create topical and sitz bath formulations for genital infections and cervical dysplasia
  • How to use herbs to manage hormone-induced mood and emotional disorders

This Course Is For You If You

  • Are in primary care, work in a general practice, OB/GYN practice, or work with female patients, or
  • Are a naturopathic doctor, herbalist, or other natural medicine practitioner who uses herbs and wants to learn more about botanical medicine interventions for female reproductive disorders.

What’s Included With Your Purchase

✔ Instant course access
✔ Lifetime course access
✔ 24/7 online access to course
✔ PDF of course slides
✔ PDF of certificate of completion
✔ Certificate of completion available immediately upon finishing the course
✔ CEs / PDAs as outlined below

Course Content

  • Creating Herbal Formulas: Female Reproductive System Disorders 5h 00min


Dr Jillian Stansbury is a licensed naturopathic physician with 30 years experience, specializing in women’s health, fertility, PCOS, adrenal and thyroid disorders, and endocrine imbalances. She also treats immune and allergic disorders, and chronic disease including diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease, as well mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.

Dr Stansbury served as the Chair of the Botanical Medicine department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and remains on the faculty. Dr Stansbury enjoys keeping up with the latest research in natural products chemistry and sharing the developments with other health professionals, as well as delving deeply into traditional and folkloric wisdom on the uses of plants as foods and medicines. Dr Stansbury compiles her research and presents some 10-20 original research papers at medical conferences each year, and has published numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Herbs for Health and Healing, and PCOS Health and Nutritional Guide. She is the author of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals - a comprehensive herbal formulary text based on her decades of research and clinical experience (published by Chelsea Green).

Dr Stansbury is also an ethnobotanist and has conducted field studies in the Peruvian Amazon for over a decade, living and studying with the Wachiperi, Matstigenka, Bora, and Yagua communities for many years, as well as studying Andean plants. She has created photo, video, and herbarium archives of the plants that she has learned and has published several books on this material as well, including Stung by the Rainbow, and the Mystical and Medicinal Plants of the Andes and Amazon. She leads ethnobotany field courses for nature, adventure, and plant enthusiasts in the Iquitos and Manu regions of the Peruvian Amazon each July 20-30, and winter holiday. Email Dr Stansbury for more information at [email protected].

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    2.5 CEUs total (up to 2.5 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    5 credits total (up to 5 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    5 CEUs total (up to 5 CEUs General, up to 1 CEU Childbirth) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    2.5 CPDs total (up to 2.5 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    5 CMEs total (up to 5 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    5 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    5 credits total (up to 5 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    5 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    5 CEUs total (up to 5 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    5 CEs total (up to 5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    5 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    5 contact hours total (up to 5 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours General, up to 1 hour Obstetrics) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    5 credits total (up to 5 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    5 CEs total (up to 5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    5 hours total (up to 5 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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