Herbs for the Musculoskeletal System: Chronic Issues

Holistic - Pain - Aging

Be amazed by the relief herbs can deliver for common chronic musculoskeletal issues!
Phyllis and I have over seventy-five years of experience, and we have seen marvels in the treatment of injuries, worn-out joints (no surgery needed), the issues of aging, restoration of function, remission from pain, and everything in between.
- Matthew Wood

Don't settle for years of pain and discomfort. Mother Nature can help!

Conventional medicine has very little to offer the public concerning muscular and skeletal issues and what it does is dangerous: addictive opioid painkillers and surgical replacement of knees and hips. Only in sports medicine (exercise, physical therapy, and injury treatment) can it be congratulated.
Herbal medicine, by comparison, offers very few painkillers because we simply don't need them. Instead of suppressing pain we go to work on the:
  • structures
  • tissues
  • fluids of joints
  • muscles
  • tendons
  • nerves
  • cartilage
  • connective tissue generally
  • and the fluids--synovial, cerebral, and interstitial. 
The success of the herbal approach to this system rests upon a good overall knowledge of all tissues and fluids, good analysis of the damage (or good luck!—which belongs to those who have put in the time studying and observing), and knowledge of the herbal materia medica. 

We go over these basic principles, then onto chronic conditions associated with:
  • degeneration
  • overuse, and aging—osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibromyalgia, “rheumatism” 
  • spinal deterioration
  • osteoporosis
  • and other topics like the association between good bone marrow health and the immune system.


Support Materials

73 page document from Matthew Wood, MS

Support Materials

16 page document from Phyllis D. Light, MA


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This is for you if you...

seek natural alternatives to conventional pain management.
are passionate about holistic approaches to wellness.
are eager to learn how to address chronic conditions naturally.

Upon completion, you will...

be equipped to address chronic conditions with natural solutions.
empower yourself with knowledge to enhance your own wellness journey.
possess a deep understanding of herbal remedies and their applications for muscular and skeletal issues.


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.

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  • Accreditation hours

    This course is a total of 14 accredited hours
    • 2 hours Clinical Experience
    • 9 hours Materia Medica
    • 3 hours Basic Human Sciences

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Herbs for the Musculoskeletal System: Chronic Issues

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