Women’s Health & Hormones Part II: Srotorodha & The 6 Therapeutic Principles

In Women’s Health & Hormones Part I: Hormonal Balance and Stagnation, we explored how women’s primary hormones and most gynecological conditions and experiences can be sorted into two categories, using a perspective that combines Ayurveda, nāḍi theory, Chinese Medicine, and Western science. The first category we saw to be hormonal imbalance and the second, stagnation. We explored how to address these disorders through lifestyle and diet and simple home remedies.

In Women’s Health & Hormones Part II: Srotorodha & The 6 Therapeutic Principles, we go deeper into– and assign clinical terminology of Ayurveda to –these categories. We explore treatment strategies and case studies to better understand how to apply the theory and resolve disorders like hormonal balance leading to painful periods, fibrocystic changes in breasts, uterine fibroids and other gynecological imbalances. While we emphasize using the six therapeutic principles of Ayurveda to resolve stagnation, simply the exploration of their curious aspects is helpful to learn or explore in addressing any disorder.

This course is designed to complement the information presented in Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science, but it is not necessary to have read the book before taking the course.

You will have access to the course for one year from registration. You can extend access to it for another year for 50% off the original price or 50 USD per month extension.

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  1. We very highly, strongly and thoroughly recommend you take Women’s Health & Hormones Part I: Hormonal Balance And Stagnation before taking this course, even if you are a seasoned Ayurvedic practitioner. You might be quite lost if you do not. If possible, it would be good to take this course–Part II, while Part I is still fresh in the memory.
  2. While Women’s Health & Hormones Part I: Hormonal Balance and Stagnation was designed and delivered to be accessible to anyone, regardless of medical background, Part II has been designed and presented specifically for Ayurveda clinicians that have taken Women’s Health & Hormones Part I and that are already familiar with tridoṣa theory, sub doṣa theory, theory of dhātus, srotāṃsi, saṃprāpti and other fundamental and clinical principles of Ayurveda. If you are unfamiliar with such principles, we suggest taking our Foundations of Ayurveda Parts I & II courses or equivalent, and undergo further clinical training and experience.
  3. If you are already familiar with the fundamental and clinical principles of Ayurveda but would like to brush up on certain subjects either in preparation for, or as you progress through this course, you could consider taking one of the stand alone lessons from Foundations of Ayurveda Parts I or Part II.

This course may be a good choice for you if:

  • You are a practicing Ayurveda clinician
  • You have a solid education in tridoṣa theory, sub doṣa theory, theory of dhātus, srotāṃsi, saṃprāpti and other fundamental and clinical principles of Ayurveda and who have taken Women’s Health & Hormones Part I AND
  • You wish to explore effective ways to treat gynecological concerns especially related to ārtavavāhasrotorodha

I always enjoy studying with Dr. Claudia. She’s hilarious, brilliant, and I so appreciate the time and experience she brings to areas of Āyurvedic study that are impossible to find elsewhere. Sunny Rose Healy, New Mexico, USA (I [previously] took Claudia’s in person Women’s health and hormones course at the Ayurvedic Institute in 2008 and 2009; Grad of Āyurvedic Institute and studied with teachers and vaidyas)

Claudia’s delivery is so down to earth and her vast knowledge is transmitted with such humility that she manages to make complex elements easily understood. Her ability to communicate the important and sometimes misunderstood teachings with in the classics in a clear and simple way is a a testament to her years of study and her constant inquisitive investigation of the ancient language of ayurveda which she translates in a modern and understandable way. I have re – watched the videos multiple times and each time there is a gem of information that missed the time before. This course is the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you much, Claudia for your dedication and authentic teachings. This is a brilliant and insightful course. Jodey Simmonds Norfolk, UK

Such brilliant insight. Thank you for providing the classical references for further study. Kate

Studying with Dr. Claudia is such a pleasure. Her presentation of Ayurveda at TCM are highly accessible and elegantly interwoven, leaving space for all these systems to work together alongside the mystical space that connects them. I found this course to be particularly useful because in addition to the wealth of practical, clinical information, we were always brought back to the simple, foundational principles of balance and slowing down as primary therapies for hormonal imbalances. The poetry of Ayurveda was not lost amidst the descriptions of herbs and anatomy, but rather heightened for me as a student and practitioner. Jennifer K., New York, USA (AHC)

1.The information was presented in a manner in which it is accessible to all. 2. Claudia actively teaches and engages us in how to use our reasoning faculties for understanding conditions and ways to manage. 3. Practically links body, mind and soul throughout. 4. teaching style is lovely in that it is low tech, entertaining, story telling, and not intimidating. 5. I loved this series. Thank you. Susan Lewis

I appreciated the opportunity to absorb more clinical insight into women’s hormonal health. This course built beautifully upon part 1 and I feel a sense of depth to my understanding. Eric DeForge

Some profound moments of deepening understanding, providing insights to aspects of Ayurvedic knowledge that I have not seen in other courses (especially making some links to TCM terms as I had some knowledge of TCM prior to learning Ayurveda, ie understanding brimhana and langhana more fully by likening to yin and yang, understanding emphasis on the organs in Ayurveda with link to mulas / srotamsi, and of course the bucket syndrome for understanding women’s hormones). Amy Massey

This course like other courses by Dr. Welch was very engaging, and simply taught in a way that one gets it! I am renewing the course only to take some notes. I just loved listening to the videos over and over until I understood what was being said. It also helped my own awareness and understanding of my own body. Rashmi Zimburg

What this course does not cover:  While our Women’s Health Parts I & II online courses set the stage for understanding, contextualizing and supporting healthy fertility, contraception, conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum care, and we touch on some (very interesting) associated issues, we do not cover these topics in any depth in either Part I or II. The material we cover in these courses we feel, is best understood before addressing these issues, which simply could not be, “fit in” to these courses and would perhaps better constitute their own course. Gratefully, there are some good resources available, including Dr. Welch’s book, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life. We’ve listed others under the Resources for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Education & Support category on our Useful Websites & Resources page.


This audio course consists of five recorded lessons with a total of eight videos. Each lesson includes lecture and discussion with Dr. Welch. You will have access to the course for a year, so you can watch the videos at your own pace.

Most sessions include one or more questions from participants of the live course with in-depth responses.

The listener is invited to participate in the guided visualizations and practices.

The course comes with a free download of Dr. Claudia Welch’s Prana CD, a free copy of  her eBook Dinacaryā: Changing Lives Through Daily Living and handouts to support the material.

A 20-question quiz is included, to be taken upon completion of the material.

A link to download a certificate is given, once the quiz is passed successfully.

Learning Objectives

Lesson 1: “Review of & Introduction to Stagnation in Women & Prāṇa Visualizations”

(1 video: 1 hour, 02 minutes + audio track visualizations: 01 hour, 15 mins)

  • Review of some important concepts covered in Part I, including the association between pain, masses, lumps and stagnation
  • Review of the main places stagnation is likely to occur in women
  • List symptoms you might see associated with stagnation in the main places it is likely to occur in women
  • Consider how stagnation arises in the annamayakośa, prāṇamayakośa, and manomayakośa
  • Learn some hormonal effects on masses & stagnation
  • Become acquainted with various visualization exercises to establish or support a personal understanding of and relationship with prāṇa

Lesson 2: “Srotoduṣṭi and Srotorodha”

(2 videos: 44 minutes, 21 seconds)

  • Become familiar with the four signs of srotoduṣṭi
  • Explore the relationship between srotoduṣṭi and srotorodha
  • Explore causes of srotoduṣṭi

Lesson 3: “The Six Therapeutic Measures”

(2 videos: 01 hour, 09 minutes)

  • Become familiar with the six therapeutic measures of Ayurveda
  • Understand the role of rūkṣana therapy in srotorodha

Lesson 4: “Rūkṣana Therapies, Treatment of Srotorodha & Dinacaryā

(2 videos: 37 minutes, 23 seconds Dinacaryā: Changing Lives Through Daily Living mini eBook: 30 mins)

  • Understand the general theory behind blood moving herbs and possible herbal remedies
  • Explore the relationship between blood moving herbs of TCM and rūkṣana therapy
  • Consider which Ayurveda herbs might move blood
  • Develop an herbal formula template or strategy for ārtavavāhasrotorodha
  • Learn a possible treatment strategy for ārtavavāhasrotorodha
  • Develop an herbal formula template for menopausal hormone imbalance
  • Develop an herbal formula template for thyroid imbalance
  • Know or review the role of dinacaryā–healthy lifestyle & diet practices & support on health

Lesson 5: “Clinical Application”

(1 video: 24 minutes, 32 seconds)

  • Apply the theories of hormone imbalance and stagnation to a clinical case
  • Explore some therapeutic approaches to addressing disorders based in srotorodha and excess bṛṃhaṇa or laṅghana or mixed guṇas

By the end of this course, if you have assimilated the material, you should:

  • have the ability to identify gynecological conditions involving srotorodha
  • have a greater familiarity with ārtavavāhasrotorodha
  • understand possible approaches to treat gynecological conditions related to srotorodha
  • learn Ayurvedic terminology and theory that applies to stagnation in the context of women’s health
  • understand a theory about why, “blood moving” herbs work the way they do, according to the principles of Ayurveda
  • understand possible herbal formulations and remedies to address gynecological stagnation
  • learn a visualization practice that helps resolve stagnation of prāṇa
  • learn how to address lifestyle and dietary habits that contribute to gynecological stagnation

When can I begin this course?

Anytime. This is a stand-alone, self-paced course. Start, stop, begin again, any time that is convenient for you.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

05:43 actual hours;  06:40 university hours; 6 NAMA PACE (TIA) hours

There are approximately four hours of video spread over eight videos; 1.5 hours of guided visualization exercises aside from what is in the videos; plus some written material that could take 30-60 minutes to read. Plus some recommended readings. However, it may take longer to complete the course. We recommend you take your time with the material, reviewing sections that are either particularly meaningful for you or that are unclear with one listening. There are many lessons you may well wish to repeat multiple times. You will have access to the course for one year from the time you register. It will also take you time to read Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, strongly recommended reading for the course.

Please see, “Course Structure” above, for the length of the individual lessons.

How long will I have access to the course?

For one year. You can extend access to it for another year for 50% off the original price or 50 USD per month extension. If it has been longer than six months since your course expired, you may retake it for 50% off the original price and have one year’s renewed access from the time of that payment.

How much does it cost?

260 USD

What if I have questions on course content? Will I have live access to Dr. Welch?

If you have questions about course content as you go along and would like support, there will be a couple options:

  • We plan to offer two live Women’s Health Q&A support calls per year with Dr. Welch exclusively for alumni of our Women’s Health Parts I & II online courses hosted by DrClaudiaWelch.com. Once you are a registered student of one of these two courses, you will receive emails letting you know when live calls are scheduled, how to join them, and be invited to submit questions on course content. We also plan to have a half hour at the end of the session, dedicated to participants sharing their experiences. While access to this course expires after one year, we plan to extend access to these calls and their recordings indefinitely.
  • You can sign up for a tutoring option with one of our tutors.

What if I need technical support?

Once you are a registered student, we let you know who to contact if you need technical support with the website or course.

Can I download the lessons?

No. This is a streamable video course.

Are there any required textbooks?

We highly recommend you read Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science by Dr. Claudia Welch. There are benefits to reading it either before or after taking the course. The course and book have a little overlapping material but are mostly designed to complement each other.

You also may find Dr. Welch’s (admittedly rather dry) Secrets of the Mind: The 10 Channels Revealed useful if you are interested in references to classical material that Dr. Welch used to develop the perspective she has on the material she covers in this class, but it is not necessary.

Is there a quiz?

Yes, there is an exam at the end of the course. They are not tricky questions. All questions relate to the stated objectives listed for the course or are directly from the course material. A passing grade is 80%.

Can I have a certificate of completion?

Yes. Once you have successfully completed the course and quiz, you will have the option to print out a certificate that will include your name, the name of this course and the number of course hours. Please download, save and print out your certificate before your access to the course expires. Even if you don’t want it now, you might want it later. If you don’t download your certificate before your access to the course expires, you can request it in the future but we may no longer have access to it and, even if we do, it takes some fiddling and time to get one for and to you, so there will be a $50 administration fee for this service.

Where can I find answers to questions about the legality of practicing Ayurveda, about certification, or NAMA issues?

This course is worth 6 NAMA (TIA) hours. These hours are listed on your certificate of completion.  

For information on NAMA, legal requirements and our courses, kindly see https://drclaudiawelch.com/resources/ayurvedic-certification-licensure/

Does this course fulfill the requirements for CEUs for licensed health care practitioners that are not Ayurvedic professionals?

At this time we are not pre-approved CEU providers for health care professions other than the field of Āyurveda. However, you will have your certificate of completion, which will provide the title of the course, your name, and course hours. This may or may not be sufficient for the organization requiring your CEUs. We encourage you to contact your organization to determine what we could do to support you getting CEU credits for Dr. Welch’s programs. If there is additional documentation that you need, we’d be happy to support you with this for a nominal fee. What that nominal fee would be, depends on the documentation you would need. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this.

What is your refund policy?

We do not offer refunds for online courses. We have tried to provide clear descriptions of our courses; please review this information before purchasing.

Is there an option for financing?

US residents can use the PayPal finance option to pay, when you purchase the course. The PayPal finance option has 0 payments and 0 interest if you pay within 6 months (subject to PayPal credit approval). Beyond 6 months, there would be a 19.99 % interest rate. To choose this option, when you go through the checkout line you will reach the PayPal page where you can choose to pay via your own credit card, via your PayPal account, or via PayPal Credit. Choose PayPal credit. If you haven’t done this before, PayPal will ask some questions to check your credit before approving. Once approved, your transaction will go through and you will have access to the course without needing to pay anything for 6 months. However, to get the zero-interest rate, please remember to pay what you can at the end of the 6 months.

What are the differences, and similarities between the Healthier Hormones online course, taught by Dr. Welch but hosted by Yogahealer. com and this course?

 There is little overlap between the two. If you are an Ayurvedic practitioner that has taken either Healthier Hormones or Women’s Health & Hormones Part I, this would be a good course. Women’s Health & Hormones Part I is especially good, as Part II–this course– was taught live the day after Part I ended, so it was specifically designed to follow that specific course. But Healthier Hormones does have the prerequisite information.

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