Central Nervous System - Beginner

Foundational - Holistic - Time-Honored

Ancient knowledge of herbalism converges with modern scientific insights.
"...herbs that could help...anxiety, insomnia, rumination, etc." 
"Love the down-to-earth teaching style." 
"A holistic view of the central nervous system."
"When I was a young herbalist we still adhered to the hundred-year-old view of the nervous system as the major regulatory system of the body. Very little was known of endocrine or immune regulation. ‘Nervines’ were therefore one of the centerpieces of the herbal apothecary. I hope, this class (or perhaps I can’t help but) represents this old way of thinking." - Matthew Wood, MS

Discover the Fundamentals of the Central Nervous System.

In Traditional Western Herbalism as well as intuitively, we know that the 'nerves' or the nervous system affects most if not all functions of our body.
Since the word 'stress' entered into our vocabulary our understanding of what the nervous system is and how it affects our health has expanded greatly.

The CNS, comprising the brain and spinal cord, plays a pivotal role in regulating bodily functions, sensory perception, and cognitive processes.

Conditions related to this system can affect heart-rate, the quality of digestion, fertility, and physical sensation and movement and our mental condition, to name a few.

In this class we cover what is the CNS, common conditions affected by the CNS and the tried and true remedies Matthew and Phyllis have successfully used over the years.

The Beginner and Intermediate classes cover: skullcap, motherwort, peppermint, spearmint, pennyroyal, lemon balm, catnip, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, sage, valerian, vervain, black horehound, monarda fistulosa, gotu kola, and many others.


Support Materials

145 pages on Matthew Wood's manuscripts

(not downloadable)
Support Materials

8 page handout from Phyllis D. Light

(not downloadable)

two 2 hour classes 


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This is for you if you...

want to learn the dynamic layers of the central nervous system.
desire to learn tried and true herbs that help get to the root of CNS-related conditions.
value incorporating scientific understanding and time-honored herbal traditions.

Upon completion, you will...

feel more confident in choosing the right herb to get to the root of the issue.
understand the roles of the brain, spine, neurotransmitters, play in our health.
have insight on the ailments that stem from imbalances in the CNS. For example, is a heart condition related to the heart or the CNS? 


Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist for over forty years. He is an internationally known
teacher and author with more than ten books to his credit, including The Book of Herbal Wisdom, 
The Earthwise Herbals, Holistic Medicine and the Extracellular Matrix, and A Shamanic Herbal 
(July 2024). Matthew has an MSc in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine 
(accredited, U. of Wales). He lives in the Midwest. 

Phyllis D. Light, MA 

As 4th generation herbalist, Phyllis started with lessons from her grandmother who taught from her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for 30+ years. She is the author of Southern Folk Medicine and co-author of Traditional Western Herbalism Pulse Evaluation.

Certificate Included

  • How to Get a Certificate

    • Complete course materials
    • Pass the test with a grade of 70% or better
    • Save or print your certificate!

    Available with subscription and individual course purchases.

  • Accreditation hours

    This course is a total of 8 accredited hours
    • 3 hours Materia Medica
    • 5 hours Basic Human Sciences

    *Please check with your accrediting agency whether they will accept accredited hours or certificates from the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism
“Like Matthew, I was taught that the nervous system was in charge of a good portion of our health. We talked about the nerves as structures in the body and the Nerves as a description of our mood and stress level. In these classes we define the different parts of the nervous system: central (CNS), autonomic (ANS), peripheral (PNS), and enteric (ENS) discuss the brain and spine, and touch on the major neurotransmitters; all the while describing important remedies for the system." - Phyllis D. Light, MA
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