Facial Assessment

Enlightening - Fascinating - Essential

Unveiling the secrets behind what's ailing the body. 

"Getting hands-on experience was wonderful."
"...Tons of
great information"  
"...Took my assessment skills to another level."

A simple clinical skill with profound potential.

There are a number of indications the face gives us about a person's condition that we almost intuitively understand:
  • the flushed cheeks of embarrassment
  • the nervous sweat on the brow
  • red ears from a fever

Did you know that you can also detect:
  • a stressed heart
  • a blocked colon
  • dangerous conditions of the blood that standard tests do not detect
  • looming issues in organs before they become severe

Lives have been saved with the foreknowledge gained from this simple but profound assessment skill!

Facial Assessment with Guest Teacher Dawn Lacska-Tommerdahl, RN

"I have known Dawn for over twenty years. Her insights always surprise me because of their uniqueness against the great canopy of herbalism.  She does not come from the circle of teaching that I come from – William LeSassier (dec’d), Margi Flint, and myself – but largely from her own experience. As a nurse, she had been looking at people inside the medical world, and as an herbalist, she is experienced with holistic evaluation and treatment. She brings to us more than 30 years of experience. " - Matthew Wood


Support Materials

Free intro. to Pulse, Tongue, and Facial Assessment

Support Materials

Herb walks & examples from multiple volunteer clients


24 hours of teaching


Certificate included
(see more below)

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 a clinical skill that can be utilized with in-person and web-consultations.
would like to feel more confident in assessing what is truly ailing your client; to get to the bottom of things.
want to understand how the skin reflects what's going on beneath the surface; exploring thermoregulation, circulation, and their significance.

Upon completion, you will...

possess advanced assessment skills essential for herbalists to holistically evaluate individuals.
be able to ask better questions of clients to help uncover what is truly ailing them.
feel more self-assured in your clinical observations.


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. 

Dawn Lacska-Tommerdahl, RN

Dawn is an RN, Medicine Woman, Master Herbalist, and aromatherapist. She has been studying natural healing for over 25 years and has been treating people with herbs and essential oils for over 20 of them.
We encourage students to study the following to get the most out of this course:
  • Pulse Evaluation with Francis Bonaldo, LAc is a companion class that will round out your clinical assessment skills. 
  • Shamanic Herbalism is a fascinating topic. Gain a solid understanding from one of our earliest courses recorded for the Institute.

All of these courses are in The Library!

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 19 accredited hours
    • 18 hours Clinical Experience
    • 1 hour Materia Medica

    *Please check with your accrediting agency whether they will accept accredited hours or certificates from the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism
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