Women’s Health Treatment Protocols & Diagnostics with Cycle Charting and Lab Analysis

with Bev Maya and Krista Poulton, February 29 to March 1, 2020

Course Information

Day 1: Menstrual Cycle Tracking and Laboratory Analysis for Reproductive Pathologies

Day 1 will focus on analysis of reproductive pathologies with Krista, assessment of Menstrual Cycle Tracking and Bev’s Laboratory Analysis.

Krista will be introducing menstrual cycle charting, a tool for practitioners to assess reproductive pathologies with their patients and manage these conditions. This class will introduce menstrual and ovulation cycle charting with tracking basal body temperature, cervical changes and cervical mucous, offering women empowerment with their bodies and their reproductive health. Within the menstrual cycle chart, we will be able to identify follicular and luteal phase pathologies including progesterone deficiency leading to recurrent miscarriages, anovulatory cycles leading to infertility or PCOS and estrogen dominance leading to fibroids, and endometriosis. Anatomy and Pathology will be covered for each condition, outlining the prevalence and the key identifying features for differential diagnosis.  We will also discuss transitions in a women’s life with puberty, fertile years and perimenopause/menopause.

Bev will be discussing diagnostic tests for reproductive pathologies including the analysis of blood, urine, saliva, hair and stool. At this workshop, Bev will draw on her experience with a variety of diagnostic tools to provide you with a step-by-step guide to the types of tests that are available to herbalists practicing in Canada, their advantages & disadvantages, when each test should be used, interpretation of these tests and specifically how each test will change your treatment protocols for your patient. Armed with these diagnostic tools, the herbalist will improve their treatment outcomes, referral base and the confidence of their peers and clients.

Day 2: Detailed Monographs on Hormone-based Herbs, Treatment Protocols and Case Studies for Reproductive Pathologies including Endometriosis, Fibroids, PCOS, Amenorrhea, and Infertility.

Day 2 will focus on herbal, supplemental and nutritional/lifestyle treatment protocols for common reproductive pathologies such as post-birth control pill, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, PMDD, PCOS (including assessment of hormonal acne), fibroids, endometriosis and infertility.  We will also discuss herbal protocols for transitions in a women’s life with puberty, fertility years and perimenopause/menopause.

Krista will be covering in detail monographs on hormonal-based herbs with specifics on how these herbs are affecting the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis, the hormonal implications and indications for use.  Hormonal-based herbs that will be covered will consist of Vitex agnus-castus, Dioscorea villosa, Cimicifuga racemosa, Paeonia lactiflora, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Tribulus terrestris, Angelica sinensis (not a hormonal influencing herbs but has indications for use), and Asparagus racemosa.

Bev will be discussing clinical applications of Laboratory testing with interpretation of results, and treatment protocols. Bev will provide a detailed description and discussion of the intricate endocrine connections between adrenals, thyroid & parathyroid and pancreas that profoundly effect the production of estrogen and progesterone. Clinical pearls for treatment specific to menopause will be discussed.  As well will discuss the importance of the enteric nervous system in global neurotransmitter function and outline specific communications between the autonomic nervous system and endocrine system relevant during a woman’s reproductive years.

Treatment protocols will be discussed through case studies from both Bev’s and Krista’s clinical practice outlining changes within the menstrual cycle chart and laboratory analysis.  

Course Instructors

Bev Maya B.Sc. (Hon), D. Phyt., MNIMH, AHG

Back in university, Bev earned a reputation as a tenacious inquisitive driven to make sense of nature through scientific endeavours. This reputation has withstood the test of time. Today, as a practicing Medical Herbalist and international speaker at medical conferences and colleges, Bev focuses on demystifying menopause for patients that don’t respond to traditional medicine.  

Bev’s unique background informs her deep investigative approach. Her science studies led her to work in fundamental research, pharmaceuticals, anaesthesia, oncology, urology, transplantation and neurology for twelve years before training as a Medical Herbalist and opening her own clinic. This unique blend of education and experience provided her with a rare ability to study the intricacies of our nervous, endocrine and digestive systems for physiological, emotional and spiritual root causes to medical concerns associated with the menopausal process, some of them deep seated and lifelong. 

Bev’s inquiring personality (encouraged by both parents being teachers) has lent itself to her style, as a generous and passionate speaker particularly adept at empowering her audience to deconstruct complex ideas into their simplest form and apply this learning in the context of their own medical practices.  

In addition to her work at Maya Natural Health, Bev also works in collaboration with several Medical Doctors specializing in wholistic solutions during midlife at Westcoast Women’s Centre for Hormone Health, Vancouver, BC.

Krista Dawn Poulton, Medical Herbalist, RHT

Krista is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Fernwood Square in Victoria, BC. Krista 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. She has a particular interest in reproductive and digestive health as a pinnacle of overall health in the system, and the connection to our current environment to a healthy next generation.

Krista is passionate about medicine making and has a full dispensary created 95% from herbs she has grown or from tinctures she has made herself from either percolations or macerations. Education, medicine-making, and herb growing along with women’s health are strong passions for Krista. Krista has focused her continuing education within women’s health with herbal mentors such as Aviva Romm, as well as Fertility Symposiums and Women’s Health conferences.  Krista had offered over the course of three years a popular women’s health workshop series titled “Moon Goddess – Women’s Knowledge of Menstruation and Ovulation” teaching over a 100 women about their menstrual cycles and how to incorporate Herbal Medicine to address common reproductive pathologies. Krista has spoken at the Kootenay Herb Conference in 2016 and the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering in 2017 on Menstrual Cycle Charting and Herbal Medicine. 

Krista maintains a professional membership with the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (CHA of BC) and is actively involved with this organization as a member of the Board of Directors. She is also actively involved in the People’s Apothecary, a community Herbal Medicine garden located in Quadra Village. Learn more at www.kristadawnpoulton.com.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, February 29-March 1, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until January 15)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until January 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until January 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

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Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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