Herbs and the Male Reproductive System

with Matthew Wood, MS and Phyllis D. Light, MA

Herbalism Teachers  with 75 Years of Joint Experience 
as Consulting Herbalists & Herbal Authors

About this Class

Phyllis D. Light and Matthew Wood discuss the issues of the male reproductive system - a subject often overlooked in herbal teaching and literature.

They start with historical and cultural generalities. Some cultures have folk medical names for the whole complex of these male issues. This subject is ‘Elk Medicine’ in Native American herbal traditions. In Chinese herbalism, ‘kidney deficiency’ and ‘kidney stamina’ are metaphors for real conditions. In Western culture, men have distinctive experiences and attitudes towards health, aging, sexual stamina, partnership, and independence.

After generalities, they move on to specific conditions, anatomy, and physiology. They start with general structures, such as the pelvic floor, moving on to specific organs and tissues.  Other topics include:

  • Hernia
  • Pelvic discomfort and tightness or looseness
  • Prostate. Swollen, painful, waking at night, effect on urination, bladder stones
  • Prostate cancer (PSA, biopsy, surgery)
  • The prostate drug finasteride (Proscar)
  • Erectile dysfunction, impotence
  • Lack of sensation
  • Low testosterone
  • Male Fertility (will be covered in more detail in an upcoming class)
  • Jock itch, scrotal rash, penal rash, yeast infections
  • Bed-wetting in young boys

In addition to these issues, they discuss if there is a constitutional approach to some or all of them. They share case histories from decades of clinical herbal practice - including the strange and unusual.

This class is for all levels. There is something for everyone!

"Herbs and the Male Reproductive System" is a standalone class, but to help get the most out of this class, we recommend these classes:

  1. Herbs and the Autonomic Nervous System 
  2. Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Pineal-Functions and Herbs
  3. Herbs and the Adrenal Medulla and Adrenal Cortex
  4. Herbal Adaptogens

These are not included in any purchase options on this page.

This Class Includes

  • Support Materials

    14 page downloadable handout by Phyllis D. Light.

  • 1 year access to materials and Q&A

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

  • 2.5 hours of teaching

    2.5 hours of in-depth teaching with Matthew Wood and Phyllis D. Light.


    1. Welcome Message

    1. About Non-Downloadable Documents

    2. Male Reproductive System by Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH (15 pages, downloadable)

    3. Male Reproductive System by Matthew Wood, MS (14 pages, not downloadable)

    4. Herpes by Matthew Wood, MS 3 pages, not downloadable)

    1. Herbs and the Male Reproductive System - Video & Additional Resources

    2. Herbs and the Male Reproductive System - Audio

    1. Test and Certificates

    2. Male Reproductive System Test

    1. Please share your thoughts

About this course

  • $58.00
  • 10 lessons
  • 3 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.

Single class purchase

1-year access to this class.

The Library Bundle

Access to this class and many more.
(Full list can be found on The Library page.)

Start at any time! Complete the lessons at your own pace.

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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