Matthew Wood's Intermediate Course

Directed towards a knowledge of tissue states and organ systems, especially the "master systems" in modern disease:

  • Digestive

  • Metabolic

  • Eliminative (in-mix-out)

  • Circulation

  • Lymph/immune

  • Muscular/Skeletal

  • Also, the extracellular matrix, the primal organ system of all life.

  • Every subject includes extensive discussion of the corresponding herbal remedies and a little bit of pulse and tongue evaluation is taught each class to help develop clinical skills.

Includes

  • Class 1

    The Six Tissue States, basic energetics of Western herbal medicine. The Blood and Differential Evaluation: blood deficiency, congealed blood. Application of the tissue states in simple systems: lungs, stomach.

  • Class 2

    The extracellular matrix, homeostasis, stress, and the tissue state. Capillary bed/matrix/lymphatic drainage as a unit. Herbal organ-affinities: example system, Muscular and Skeletal.

  • Class 3

    Digestive Tract, moving beyond the tissue states. 80% of our immune system is tied into the GI tract, so it is very important. Organ systems axillary to GI: lymphatics/immune, liver, gallbladder, metabolism. Evaluation from the tongue.

  • Class 4

    Circulation, Cardiovascular System, Heart, Pulse Evaluation. Starting with the discovery of the circulation of the blood by William Harvey (1628) there were several strong medical movements which emphasized the circulation (osteopathy, nineteenth-century medicine), not just for the understanding of cardiovascular problems but because the pattern of blood dispersal reveals disease patterns and treatment possibilities. And then, there is the chance for assisting cardiovascular health preventatively or sometimes even after its development.

  • Class 5

    Elimination and the use of "alteratives" or "blood purifiers." The four channels of elimination: lungs, colon, skin, kidneys. The four internal causes of "bad blood:" GI (leaky gut), liver, thyroid, lymphatic stagnation. The extracellular matrix is the true site of "bad blood."

  • Class 6

    First Day: Endocrine system. All we can do is map out a "stickman" approach to endocrinology, showing how the endocrine "cascade" (hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals) interacts, explaining the use of adaptogens, adrenal tonics, thyroid remedies (this class and preceding). Last Day: Finish endocrine, intro to evaluation from the face, questions, specific problems in practice.

  • Herb Walks!

    Join the class as we wonder the grounds and learn about the herbs in nature's classroom!

  • Online Help

    Get online help from Matthew Wood himself! Discussion sections are available in each lesson where you can post your comments, questions, and learn from other students as well!

  • PLUS!

    Life-time access to continued education to improve skills in these areas and assistance with difficult cases in the "Traditional Clinical Herbal Skills Development'' private Community

A Certificate of Completion designed and signed by Matthew Wood is available for purchase to those who pass the tests with a grade of 70% or better. Multiple attempts are allowed. 

More details regarding certificates are here.



Course Curriculum

49 hours of material

  1. 1
    • Welcome Message

  2. 2
    • Preview Video

  3. 3
    • Int. 2018 - Supplemental Reading - Brief Guide - Six Tissue States

    • Int. 2018 - Links and Resources Mentioned Weekend 1 - Day 1 & Day 2

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 3 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 3 - Video

    • Part 3 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 4 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 4 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Bonus Herb Walk Footage (Part 4) - Facebook Live Version

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 1 - Part 5 - Video

    • Part 5 - Audio

    • Regarding Bonus Material Mentioned in Class

  4. 4
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 1 & 2 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Bonus Herb Walk Footage (Part 3) - Facebook Live Version

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 4 - Chat Text from Webinar

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 4 - Video

    • Part 4 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 5 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 5 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Part 6 - Video

    • Part 6 - Audio

  5. 5
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Links and Resources Mentioned Day 1 & 2

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Supplemental Reading - The Extracellular Matrix

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video - Higher Resolution (bigger file - may stream slower if you have slower internet)

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video - Lower Resolution (smaller file - better for slower internet)

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Extra Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 1 - Short video of Student's personal inquiry of dark veins around the ankle

    • Facebook Footage - Herb Walk Bonus 1

    • Facebook Footage - Herb Walk Bonus 2

  6. 6
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Lady's Slipper Alternative - Herb Walk Bonus

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 2 - Day 2 - Part 4 - Video

    • Part 4 - Audio

  7. 7
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Links and Resources Mentioned Day 1 & Day 2

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 1 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

  8. 8
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 3 - Day 2 - Part 3 - Video

    • Part 3 - Audio

  9. 9
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Additional Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

  10. 10
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Additional Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 2 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 4 - Day 2 - Part 4 - Video

    • Part 4 - Audio

  11. 11
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Additional Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio (note for audio and video)

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 1 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 1 - Note - Additional Content from Matthew

  12. 12
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Additional Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 5 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

  13. 13
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Additional Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 1 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 1 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

  14. 14
    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Additional Notes

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 2 - Part 1 - Video

    • Part 1 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 2 - Part 2 - Video

    • Part 2 - Audio

    • Int. 2018 - Weekend 6 - Day 2 - Part 3 - Herb Walk - Video

    • Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio

    • Bonus Herb Walk Content - Facebook Live footage

  15. 15
    • About Tests

    • Int. 2018 - Tissue States and Adaptogens - T/F - Test

    • Int. 2018 - Six Tissue States and Herbs -Test

    • Int. 2018 - Tissue States, Symptoms, and Tastes - Test

    • Int. 2018 - Tissue States and Herbs - Test

    • Int. 2018 - Extracellular Matrix - Test

  16. 16
    • Please share your thoughts

REQUIRED READING for this Course

In addition to bonus material provided within the course, you will get the most out of this course by studying and referencing the following books by Matthew Wood; and in the case of this first book, with co-authors:

The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism

The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants

The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants



Enjoy the Free Intro Video 

 in The Library Free Preview section under Intermediate Courses HERE.

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Matt is one of those exceptional herbal teachers that you don't find very often. If you get the chance to study with him, do it. He not only knows his materia medica incredibly well, he applies it with brilliant intuition that is truly unique. He approaches cases with such a full awareness of the individual and their particular state. There were so many ah ha moments, I lost count. You will not be the same after taking this course!

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This was an excellent class. Great information about plants and the historical aspects of herbalists and herbalism. Wonderful real life examples and storie...

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Valuable to those who want to deepen their understanding of herbal medicine.

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- Matthew Wood