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.

Required reading:


Free Intro Video

"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




Includes

  • Support Materials

    Sit in on clinical sessions with Matthew and Phyllis and learn how they conduct initial and follow-up consultations in multiple 'clinical applications classes'!

  • 2 year access to materials and Q&A

    2 years to view and review content, ask questions and discuss with fellow students and teachers.

  • 44 hours of teaching

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

Curriculum

  1. 1
    • HHSA Intro Class - Video

    • HHSA Intro Class - Audio

  2. 2
    • Welcome Message

  3. 3
    • HHAS: Legal and Ethical Implications - Summary

    • HHAS: Legal and Ethical Implications - Support Materials

    • HHAS: Legal and Ethical Implications - Video

    • HHAS: Legal and Ethical Implications - Audio

    • Join the Discussion!

    • Tests and Certificates

    • HHAS: Legal and Ethical Implications Test

  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
    • Emily's Case

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

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Emily) - Video

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Emily) - Audio

  8. 8
    • HHAS Sample of Tastes, Pharmacology, Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory Class (Facebook Live footage)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • HHAS: The Taste of Herbs & Taste of Herbs Experience Handouts by Phyllis Light (1 and 5 pages, downloadable)

    • HHAS: Tastes, Pharmacology, Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory - Tastes, Scents, and Sensations Handout by Matthew Wood (4 pages, downloadable)

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

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

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

    • HHAS: Tastes, Pharmacology, and Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory Test

  9. 9
    • Robyn's Case

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

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Robyn) - Video

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Robyn) - Audio

  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
    • HHAS: Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse - Summary

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

    • HHAS: Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse - Pulse Illustration and Pulse Geography by Matthew Wood (8 pages and 1 page, downloadable)

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

    • HHAS: Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse - Audio

    • HHSA: Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse Test (based on Southern Folk Medicine)

  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15
  16. 16
    • HHAS: Intro to Tongue Assessment - Supplementary Materials

    • HHAS: Intro to Tongue Assessment - Holistic Evaluation of the Tongue by Matthew Wood (not downloadable)

    • HHAS: Intro to Tongue Assessment - Tongue Assessment by Phyllis D. Light, MA, Herbalist (5 pages, not downloadable)

    • HHAS: Intro to Tongue Assessment - Tongue and Doshas by Matthew Wood (1 page, not downloadable)

    • HHAS: Intro to Tongue Assessment - Tongue Map by Matthew Wood (1 page, not downloadable)

    • HHAS - Intro to Tongue Assessment - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS - Intro to Tongue Assessment - Video

    • HHAS - Intro to Tongue Assessment - Audio

    • HHAS - Intro to Tongue Assessment Test

  17. 17
  18. 18
  19. 19
    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Summary

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

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Dale Tongue Images (not downloadable)

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Nancy Tongue Images (not downloadable)

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

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Dale and Nancy) - Audio

  20. 20
    • HHAS: Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Summary

      FREE PREVIEW
    • HHAS: Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS: Assessment from the Digestive Tract Handouts - Assessment from Digestion by Phyllis Light and Evaluation from the Digestion by Matthew Wood (5 pages, 2 pages, downloadable)

    • HHAS: Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Video

    • HHAS: Assessment from the Digestive Tract - Audio

    • HHAS: Assessment from the Digestive Tract Test

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

    • HHAS: Clinical Application Class (Denise and Angela Followups) - Images (not downloadable)

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

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

  22. 22
    • HHAS: Reading Blood Tests - Comprehensive Wellness Profile Handout by Phyllis Light and Sample Report 1 and 2 (6 pages, 1, page, 2 pages, downloadable)

    • HHAS: Reading Blood Tests - Webinar Chat Text

    • HHAS: Reading Blood Tests - Video

    • HHAS: Reading Blood Tests - Audio

    • HHAS: Reading Blood Tests 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

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

  24. 25
    • HHAS: Q&A and Discussion

  25. 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

Single course purchase

2-year access to this course

The Library Bundle

Access to this course 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.

For those of you seeking clinical hours, we have a list of all classes/courses with corresponding accreditation hours.




5 star rating

Teaches me how to think, not just memorize stuff

Amanda Merry

I admit to pulling information from other classes in this library, but I also read the pulse book and southern folk medicine book at the beginning of this cl...

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I admit to pulling information from other classes in this library, but I also read the pulse book and southern folk medicine book at the beginning of this class. I've already started taking clients when I'm only 70% through this course and I'm getting excellent feedback from difficult cases. They're mainly people who have a long list of health problems and have tried a lot of holistic routes before trying me. Because I read the pulse book, I have clients pulse test themselves. The feedback from that is really incredible from some very intuitive clients. The experience is blowing me away. I live on a sailboat and we are preparing to sail around the world. I consider this part of my training to go off grid and I'm loving every second of it.

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Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills

Cindy Schoonmaker

10 stars

10 stars

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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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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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