About This Course

Iconic and masterful herbal practitioners and teachers from the North and South of the United States, Matthew Wood and Phyllis D. Light (author of Southern Folk Medicine) meet online to guide you through the fundamentals of holistic herbal evaluation.

Ideal for beginner and intermediate students, you will learn the essentials of what one needs to know to be a practicing family, community, or clinical herbalist.

The curriculum initially focuses on legal, ethical, and business principles followed by an emphasis on clinical skills essential to being a qualified herbal practitioner - including unique and valuable skills that will set you apart from other practitioners.


Includes:

  • 2 hours of video for each lesson (totaling 44 hours of curriculum)
  • Sit in on clinical sessions with Matthew and Phyllis and learn how these masters conduct initial and follow-up consultations in multiple 'clinical applications classes'!
  • Downloadable support materials
  • Tests* (optional)
  • Online help from teachers
  • Lifetime access to the online community
  • Conveniently study at your own pace and on your own time!


* Certificates of completion designed and signed by Matthew are available for purchase to those who complete all tests successfully with a passing grade of 70% or better. Unlimited tries.

Required reading:

Enjoy the Free Intro Video 

in The Library Free Preview section under Beginner Courses HERE.



"Thank you so much, to you and to Phyllis for this wonderful course! It was amazing! I have collected a whole binder of the printouts and my notes from your classes. I am already referring others to the Institute." 

- Naomi Kilbreth




Course curriculum

44 Hours of Curriculum: Includes Career Prep., Clinical Skills, Basic Human Sciences

  1. 1
    • Intro Class Video

    • Audio

  2. 2
    • Welcome Message

  3. 3
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Legal and Ethical Implications - Support Materials

    • HHAS - Legal and Ethical Implications - Video

    • Audio

    • Join the Discussion!

    • Test

  4. 4
    • Sample of Class (Facebook Live footage)

    • HHAS - Holism vs Reductionism in Assessment - Support Materials

    • HHAS - Holism vs Reductionism in Assessment - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  5. 5
    • Sample of Class (Facebook Live footage)

    • Summary

    • HHAS - Energetic and Constitutional Assessment - Elements Handout

    • HHAS - Energetic and Constitutional Assessment - Brief Guide to the Tissue States

    • HHAS - Energetic and Constitutional Assessment - Video

    • Audio

  6. 6
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Constitutional Assessment Cont’d and Review - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  7. 7
    • Emily's Case

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Emily) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Emily) - Video

    • Audio

  8. 8
    • Sample of Class (Facebook Live footage)

    • HHAS - The Taste of Herbs & Taste of Herbs Experience Handouts - Phyllis Light

    • HHAS - Tastes, Pharmacology, Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory - Tastes, Scents, and Sensations Handout - Matthew Wood

    • HHAS - Tastes, Pharmacology, Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Tastes, Pharmacology, Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  9. 9
    • Robyn's Case

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Robyn) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Robyn) - Video

    • Audio

  10. 10
    • Summary

    • Sample of Class (Facebook Live footage)

    • HHAS - Selecting the Remedies for the Case - Creating Herbal Formulas - Phyllis Light

    • HHAS - Selecting the Remedies for the Case - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Selecting the Remedies for the Case - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  11. 11
    • Summary

    • Remedies and Directions

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Steph) - Webinar Text Chat

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Steph) - Video

    • Audio

  12. 12
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse - Pulse Illustration and Pulse Geography

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse - Video

    • Audio

    • Test (based on Southern Folk Medicine)

  13. 13
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Stephanie) - Webinar Text Chat

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Stephanie) - Tongue Assessment Images

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Stephanie) - Video

    • Audio

  14. 14
    • Sample of Class (Facebook Live footage)

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Face and Color - Webinar Text Chat

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Face and Color - Images - Face and Elements

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Face and Color - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  15. 15
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Angela) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Angela) - Images of Tongue and Face

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Angela) - Video

    • Audio

  16. 16
    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Supplementary Materials

    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Holistic Evaluation of the Tongue by Matthew Wood

    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Tongue Assessment by Phyllis D. Light, MA, Herbalist

    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Tongue and Doshas Matthew Wood

    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Tongue Map Matthew Wood

    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  17. 17
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Jack and Denise) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Jack and Denise) - Images of Tongues

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Jack and Denise) - Video

    • Audio

  18. 18
    • Sample of Class (Facebook Live footage)

    • Summary

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Mind, Emotions, and Will - (Client story) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Mind, Emotions and Will - by Matthew Wood

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Mind, Emotions, and Will - (Client story) - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  19. 19
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Dale Tongue Images

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Nancy Tongue Images

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Video

    • Audio

  20. 20
    • Summary

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Handouts

    • HHAS - Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  21. 21
    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Denise and Angela Followups) - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Denise and Angela Followups) - Images

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class (Denise and Angela Followups) - Video

    • Audio

  22. 22
    • HHAS - Reading Blood Tests - Comprehensive Wellness Profile handout by Phyllis Light and Sample Report

    • HHAS - Reading Blood Tests - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Reading Blood Tests - Video

    • Audio

    • Test

  23. 23
    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class -(Stephanie and Matt's previous client Alex - Followups) - Webinar Chat Text and Images from Class

    • HHAS - Clinical Application Class -(Stephanie and Matt's previous client Alex - Followups) - Video

    • Audio

  24. 24
    • Transitioning from Student to Practitioner... What's the Next Step? - FREE Final *Bonus* Class - Video

    • Transitioning from Student to Practitioner... What's the Next Step? - FREE Final *Bonus* Class - Audio

  25. 25
    • HHAS - Q&A and Discussion

  26. 26
    • Please share your thoughts

“It’s better to know twenty-five things an herb can do than to know twenty-five herbs.” 

- Phyllis Light

What Students are Saying

About Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills

5 star rating

So much great info!

Lyndsay Gang

This course went well beyond my expectations!

This course went well beyond my expectations!

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This is the best course I have EVER taken!

kim blair

I highly recommend this class to everyone!! I wish I had known about it years ago, because I would be so much farther in my studies and better focused. Mat...

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I highly recommend this class to everyone!! I wish I had known about it years ago, because I would be so much farther in my studies and better focused. Matthew and Phyllis are both amazing teachers, but when you put them together! Wow! Do not even hesitate taking this course! Thank you Matthew and Phyllis for all the special tips and info you shared!! You both went over and beyond! Kim

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I love this course

PATRICIA DeRosia

I'm learning so much! Thank you for sharing your knowledge :) I'm looking forward to continuing forward!

I'm learning so much! Thank you for sharing your knowledge :) I'm looking forward to continuing forward!

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facial assessment

Karen Teal

Very thorough, I will continue to refer to this material. In future classes it would be helpful to have pictures already of examples of the lines on face, p...

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Very thorough, I will continue to refer to this material. In future classes it would be helpful to have pictures already of examples of the lines on face, pimples in areas and throughout to refer to face shapes. I'm really working on that face shape and it would help to note the face shape of everyone we see and make note of that person being which element

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Holism vs. Reductionism

Colleen Kenna

This class is an absolute necessity for anyone considering to be an herbalist. The hand-outs are thought-provoking, educational and enlightening. Once aga...

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This class is an absolute necessity for anyone considering to be an herbalist. The hand-outs are thought-provoking, educational and enlightening. Once again, the team of Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light are extraordinary and make some of the difficult theories understandable to the "newbie" and very enjoyable!

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Constitutional Assessment

Sophie Frederickson

It's so amazing how much I've learned from this section. I have a much better understanding of the elements and the six tissue states.

It's so amazing how much I've learned from this section. I have a much better understanding of the elements and the six tissue states.

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I love this course

Zana Buric

I love all of Matthew's books and classes. Phyllis is great. I would like to have video transcripts. There are several reasons for this. Zana B.

I love all of Matthew's books and classes. Phyllis is great. I would like to have video transcripts. There are several reasons for this. Zana B.

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Good and interesting

Lynn Pride

I can’t wait to get deeper into the learning and info.

I can’t wait to get deeper into the learning and info.

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Digestion

Joy Jones

Wonderful and very informative class!! Thank you for putting this together and sharing.

Wonderful and very informative class!! Thank you for putting this together and sharing.

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Working and Learning Holistic Assessment Skills!

Myra Erickson

GREAT GREAT CLASS! By far the most challenging class I have taken so far. It stretched my knowledge of the body systems and now I see how working towards a p...

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GREAT GREAT CLASS! By far the most challenging class I have taken so far. It stretched my knowledge of the body systems and now I see how working towards a practice is "the" great ideal. Helped me to see the whole picture; there is a path in front of me! Thank You Matthew and Phyllis you are the most superior teachers and so utterly generous with sharing this knowledge!

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Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills

Cindy Schoonmaker

10 stars

10 stars

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excellent

edward coughlin

excellent course. useful text notes and interesting case studies .

excellent course. useful text notes and interesting case studies .

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