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What the Extracellular Matrix Means in Therapeutic Terms

with Matthew Wood, MS

Discovery that the ECM is the regulatory system for the cells is astonishing and revolutionary; and it overthrows the cell theory and established holism on a sound, scientific footing...

Simultaneously shows that reductionism (study and therapy based on the smallest particle) is not the true foundation for treatment but a dangerous side-step.

Having established this we learn a few more basic principles: 

  1. we need to learn to see the whole
  2. we are justified in treating by organ as well (organ-specificity), which involves us in a mechanical understanding of the body as opposed to a molecular approach, and
  3. we need to learn to see and treat the polymers of the matrix, the internal biome, and the microbiome on the linings of the body. 

Since holistic practitioners have long been treating the whole and the organ, and often thinking mechanically about organ relationships, the main subject of this class will be how to visualize and strengthen the matrix itself. It involves the use of mucilages (which are slurries of matrix polymers from plants) and the use of astringents to tone the mucosa and microbiome. And mushrooms - they possess polysaccharides or polymers just like the ECM and now we can perhaps begin to see their influence more directly. 

Who is this class for?

This class is suitable for students of all levels and practitioners in various realms of the health field.


There are no pre-requisites, but the resources on this page will be very helpful, in addition to the Free Preview below.

What is the class like?

This class was recorded from a live event, similar to how the majority of our webinar classes are recorded, from Matt's computer. Matt is speaking simultaneously to the in-person and online audience via the computer in front of him. The audio turned out great overall. It is difficult to hear some audience questions and comments at times. Please see the webinar text chat and transcript to fill in for these few instances. There are no visual aids.


  • Bonus Videos

    Enjoy nearly 6 hours of bonus videos, including the Free Preview.

  • 1 year access

    1 year to view and review content, ask questions, and discuss with fellow students and Matthew.

  • 2.25 hours of teaching

    2.25 hours of unique, thought-provoking teaching.

Bonus Material and Class Recording

    1. Welcome Message

    1. Note about video

    2. What the Extracellular Matrix Means in Therapeutic Terms - Webinar Chat Text and Transcripts

    3. What the Extracellular Matrix Means in Therapeutic Terms - Video

    4. What the Extracellular Matrix Means in Therapeutic Terms - Audio

    1. About - The Interstitium - the "New Organ" (Extracellular Matrix)

    2. References - The Interstitium - the "New Organ" (Extracellular Matrix)

    3. MM - The Interstitium - the "New Organ" (Extracellular Matrix) - Video

    4. The Interstitium - the "New Organ" (Extracellular Matrix) - Audio

    5. MM - Extracellular Matrix - Video

    6. MM - The 6 Tissue States - Video

    7. More fascinating material...

About this course

  • $35.00
  • 12 lessons
  • 8 hours of video content



Documents are not downloadable. Please note that Matthew often adds manuscripts of upcoming books and is allowing students early access to these works-in-progress; therefore, they are available as 'view-only' documents and are not downloadable.

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Certificates designed and signed by Matthew Wood are available for purchase to those who successfully complete all tests with a passing grade of 70% or better. More details regarding herbal course certificates are here.

Tests are multiple-choice, and multiple attempts are permitted.

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5 star rating


Yasmin Dubrau Dubrau

I really enjoyed this course, very interesting!

I really enjoyed this course, very interesting!

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5 star rating


edward coughlin

excellent course

excellent course

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