About This Course

Pulse and Tongue evaluation dates back several thousand years and has been used by practitioners of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tool to help determine the condition of disease or health of an individual. The tongue and pulse indicate a person's state of health and paint a picture of the internal situation a person is dealing with at any given moment. Matthew has been practicing herbalism for thirty years and pulse and tongue evaluation for 25 years. As the author of "Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation" co-written by Francis Bonaldo and Phyllis Light he is one of the foremost experts in translating these practices into tools for the Western herbalist!


The pulse evaluation methods that will be taught are based on both Chinese and Greek antecedents, with the emphasis on the basic, simple, important pulses showing basic tissue states: high/low, fast/slow, quick/rare (a Greek pulse), long/short, wide/narrow, regular/irregular, tense/relaxed, tight/loose, full/empty, hard/soft, strong/weak, choppy/slippery, thick blood/thin blood, and others.


Tongue Matthew Wood's tongue evaluation is based on Chinese antecedents, with two important additions from Ayurveda: differentiation of tongue types by tridosha: vata (dry, thin, medium to long), pitta (elongated, pointed, carmine red, muscular), kapha (thick, round, moist, sub-pink); and the differentiation between watery and oily secretions. Throughout we will refer to specific indications for herbs, mostly Western.

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  • Class participants were generous in giving video participants an unabashed look at their tongues and keen descriptions of what they were sensing and seeing in others - along with Matthew's input.

  • This class also includes a solid review of material covered for Lyme's Disease from the prior class. (See section 1.5)

  • This class took place at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - June 24th and 25th, 2017

Course Curriculum

10 hours - Mostly Clinical Skills and some Materia Medica

  • 1


    • Welcome Message

  • 2

    Day 1

    • P&T 2017 - Day 1.1

    • P&T 2017 - Day 1.2 - Tongue Evaluation (beginning)

    • P&T 2017 - Day 1.3

    • P&T 2017 - Day 1.4 - Pulse (beginning)

    • P&T 2017 - Day 1.5 - Lyme Disease

  • 3

    Day 2

    • P&T 2017 - Day 2.1

    • P&T 2017 - Day 2.2

    • P&T 2017 - Day 2.3

    • P&T 2017 - Day 2.4

    • P&T 2017 - Day 2.5

  • 4

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