Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills 

Insightful - Clinical- Foundational

Expert guidance in holistic herbal evaluation fundamentals.
"...all you need to know to wisely start your herbal practice." 
"... completed...other programs, but I really felt challenged... - in a good way!" 
"...absolute necessity for anyone considering to be an herbalist."

Learn and Witness Fundamental Clinical Herbal Skills in Action!

Unlock the secrets of holistic herbalism with master practitioners

Valuable lessons plus observe the real-life application in consultations with volunteer clients.
Iconic and masterful herbal practitioners and teachers from the North and South of the United States, Matthew Wood and Phyllis D. Light (author of Southern Folk Medicine) meet online to guide you through the fundamentals of holistic herbal evaluation.

Ideal for beginner and intermediate students, you will learn the essentials of what one needs to know to be a practicing family, community, or clinical herbalist.

The curriculum initially focuses on legal, ethical, and business principles followed by an emphasis on clinical skills essential to being a qualified herbal practitioner - including unique and valuable skills that will set you apart from other practitioners.
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Classes Include

  • Legal and Ethical Implications
  • Holism vs Reductionism in Assessment
  • Energetic and Constitutional Assessment
  • Tastes, Pharmacology, Energetics and Using the Herbal Repertory
  • Selecting Remedies for the Case - Singles and Formulas
  • Assessment from the Blood, Circulation, and Pulse
  • Assessment from the Face and Color
  • Intro to Tongue Assessment
  • Assessment from the Mind, Emotions, and Will
  • Assessment from the Digestive Tract
  • Reading Blood Test
  • Clinical Application Classes (9 classes/cases)
  • Transitioning from Student to Practitioner


Support Materials

Sit in on clinical sessions with Matthew and Phyllis

and learn how they conduct initial and follow-up consultations in multiple 'clinical applications classes'!
Support Materials

Free intro. to Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills


46.5 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 from herbalists with over 70 years of combined clinical experience sharing from their different experiences and backgrounds.
are an intermediate or advanced student wanting to improve your clinical skills.
are an advanced beginner and want to acquire skills for family, community, or clinical herbal practice.

Upon completion, you will...

be aware of legal, ethical, and business aspects of herbalism.
have knowledge of the essential skills to practice to be an effective herbalist.
feel assured that you can stand out with unique and valuable herbal practitioner skills.


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 54 accredited hours
    • 30 hours Clinical Experience
    • 18 hours Basic Human Sciences
    • 4 hours Nutrition and Medical Terminology
    • 2 hours Practice Management and Ethics

    *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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Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills 

An essential step to becoming a practicing herbalist.

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