Botanical Medicine for Women

Botanical Medicine for Women's Health

A comprehensive resource of medical and herbal interventions related to women's health issues, Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health provides a unique combination of traditional and modern scientific data on herbal medicine. Written by Aviva Romm, MD, an experienced herbalist, physician, and midwife, this guide blends a clinician-sensitive and patient-centered approach to women’s health issues. Coverage of menstrual health, fertility, breast conditions, and more makes this an essential resource for everyday practice.

Winner of the 2010 American Botanical Council's James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award!

Paperback, 720 Pages

Published: April 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07277-2


  • "This is an excellent, and incredibly detailed book… The blend of modern research and ancient wisdom harmoniously work, demonstrating that herbal medicine is both the oldest medical system in the world and more recently becoming scientifically validated."
    'Health Matters' on Swindon 105.5, 2009


  • Part One: Foundations of Botanical Medicine

    1. Botanical Medicines, CAM, and Integrative Medicine: Definitions and Use Prevalence

    2. History of Herbal Medicines for Women

    3. Fundamental Principles of Herbal Medicine

    4. Guidelines for Herbal Medicine Use

    5. Diet, Nutrition, and Women’s Health

    6. Real Anatomy: Reproductive Anatomy and Endocrinology Primer

    Part Two: General Gynecologic and Menstrual Health Concerns

    7. Menstrual Wellness and Menstrual Problems

    8. Endocrine Disorders and Adrenal Support

    9. Conditions of the Reproductive Organs

    10. Vaginal Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    11. Urinary Complaints

    12. Breast Cancer

    Part Three: Fertility and the Childbearing Cycle

    13. Pregnancy and Botanical Medicine Use and Safety

    14. Fertility Challenges

    15. Pregnancy: First Trimester

    16. Pregnancy: Second Trimester

    17. Pregnancy: Third Trimester

    18. Labor and Birth

    19. The Post Partum

    20. Breastfeeding and Botanical Medicine

    Part Four: The Menopausal Years

    21. Menopausal Health

    Part Five: Plant Profiles

    Black cohosh

    Blue cohosh

    Chaste tree

    Dong quai


    Kava kava

    Red clover

    St. John’s wort

    Uva ursil

    Wild yam


    Appendix 1: Common Names and Botanical Name Quick Reference Chart

    Appendix 2: Botanical Medicine for Women Quick Dose Reference Chart

    Appendix 3: Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions

    Appendix 4: Botanical Medicine Information Resources


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