Herbs for Digestion & GI Health

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Gain insights into the GI tract and chronic health issues through the lens of physiology, pathology, and herbs.

Unlock vibrant health by delving into the core of well-being

In "Herbs for Digestion and GI Health", Matthew and Phyllis illustrate long-lasting solutions by looking at how the issues present themselves and finding specific herbs that get at the heart (or the “gut”) of the matter in this two-day class.

Matthew and Phyllis team up to give an in-depth look at digestion and the gastrointestinal tract. From chewing to elimination, and everything in between.

You get an overview of:
  • The four types of processes involved in digestion
  • An holistic “tour” through each organ or system involved in digestion
  • The tissue state presentation of digestion: organs that are too hot, cold damp, dry, tense, or relaxed
  • Herbs that assist each digestive process, based on how they present themselves
  • Matthew and Phyllis also cover gallbladder issues, since there is overlap and coordination between the digestion and bile.

Topics covered in Day 1:

  • Digestive processes
  • Digestive tissue states: hot/cold, damp/dry, tense/relaxed
  • Organs and systems in the digestive system
  • Endocrine system influence
  • Leaky gut
  • Kinds of constipation
  • Acidity and alkalinity
  • Chewing and teeth
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Ginger

  • Peppermint
  • Gentian
  • Wood Betony
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Carminatives
  • Gastritis
  • B12
  • Bitters
  • Belching
  • Yellow Root and Yellow Dock Root
  • …and more!

Topics covered in Day 2:

  • Small intestine
  • Duodenum and the pyloric sphincter
  • Pancreas
  • Oil Digestion and Gallbladder
  • Burdock
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Skullcap
  • Black Walnut
  • Wild Yam
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac sprue

  • Villi
  • Peach Leaf
  • Ileocecal valve
  • Appendix
  • Symbiotic bacteria and microbiomes
  • Yeast
  • Colon
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Rutin
  • Diverticulitis…and more!


Support Materials

Digestion, Evaluation by Matthew Wood &
Digestive Health  by Phyllis D. Light

(not downloadable)

10 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 are looking for...

want to acquire tools and knowledge to navigate uncomfortable digestive situations, promoting immediate relief and comfort.
want to gain insights into long-lasting solutions for digestive issues, empowering yourself to address and manage these concerns effectively.
want to receive an in-depth understanding of the digestive process, from chewing to elimination, providing a comprehensive view of gastrointestinal health.

Upon completion, you will...

have a comprehensive understanding of the digestive system, including its various processes, organs, and tissue states.
learn to select and use herbs tailored to specific digestive processes and presentations, enabling you to apply herbal remedies confidently.
acquire expertise in addressing gallbladder issues and understanding the intricate coordination between digestion and bile.


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 8.5 accredited hours
    • 4 hours Materia Medica
    • 4 hours Basic Human Sciences
    • 0.5 hours Nutrition and Medical Terminology

    *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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