Central Nervous System - Intermediate

Integrative - Enlightening - Transformative

Your opportunity to understanding the intricate dance between plants and neurotransmitters for holistic well-being.
"...unique teaching style of Wood and Light cannot be beat." 
"...new uses for herbs that I would not learn anywhere else!" 
"...quite enjoyable...full of valuable knowledge..."
“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. We will 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

An exploration of herbs and their impact on the ANS.

In the Intermediate classes, Matt and Phyllis discuss neurotransmitters in detail and discuss herbs from that standpoint. These classes also act as a base for discussion of the ANS (autonomic nervous system).

We talk about neurotransmitters and the plants that act upon them, including the nightshades, psilocybes, and other mushrooms.

Beginning and Intermediate classes cover: skullcap, motherwort, peppermint, spearmint, pennyroyal, lemon balm, catnip, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, sage, valerian, vervain, black hoarhound, 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 


Certificate included
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Pay Once = One Year Access

1 year to view and review content, ask questions and discuss

This is for you if you...

want to learn the intricacies of neurotransmitters regarding our health and how herbs can affect both.
would like to explore an array of herbs, from skullcap to mushrooms, with a focus on their impact on neurotransmitters and the autonomic nervous system.
want to deepen your understanding of these essential chemical messengers.

Upon completion, you will...

have gained a rich knowledge of neurotransmitters and how certain herbs can affect them.
understand neurotransmitters and the ANS from a Traditional Western Herbal perspective with scientific insights.
feel more confident in choosing herbs to alleviate conditions related to the ANS and neurotransmitters.


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
"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
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