Intermediate Herbal Remedies Course

Energetics - Organ Systems - Assessment

A comprehensive course to help you prepare for more in-depth and advanced study.
"There were so many ah ha moments, I lost count."
" Wonderful real-life examples... Highly recommended."  
"Great course covering a variety of topics."
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Each class includes herbal remedies and a look at pulse and tongue evaluation to nurture clinical skills.

This course focuses on understanding tissue states and organ systems, with a particular emphasis on the key systems involved in modern diseases, often referred to as "master systems." This includes: 

  • Digestive
  • Metabolic
  • Eliminative (in-mix-out)
  • Circulation
  • Lymph/immune
  • Muscular/Skeletal
  • Also, the extracellular matrix, the primal organ system of all life. 

Class 1

The Six Tissue States, basic energetics of Western herbal medicine.
The Blood and Differential Evaluation
: blood deficiency, congealed blood. Application of the tissue states in simple systems: lungs, stomach. 

Class 2

The extracellular matrix, homeostasis, stress, and the tissue state. Capillary bed/matrix/lymphatic drainage as a unit. Herbal organ-affinities: for example, the Muscular and Skeletal. 

Class 3

Digestive Tract, moving beyond the tissue states. 80% of our immune system is tied into the GI tract, so it is very important. Organ systems auxiliary to GI: lymphatics/immune, liver, gallbladder, metabolism. Evaluation from the tongue. 

Class 4

Circulation, Cardiovascular System, Heart, Pulse Evaluation. Starting with the discovery of the circulation of the blood by William Harvey (1628) there were several strong medical movements which emphasized the circulation (osteopathy, nineteenth-century medicine), not just for the understanding of cardiovascular problems but because the pattern of blood dispersal reveals disease patterns and treatment possibilities. And then, there is the chance for assisting cardiovascular health before or sometimes even after its development. 

Class 5

Elimination and the use of "alteratives" or "blood purifiers." The four channels of elimination: lungs, colon, skin, kidneys. The four internal causes of "bad blood:" GI (leaky gut), liver, thyroid, lymphatic stagnation. The extracellular matrix is the true site of "bad blood." 

Class 6

Day1: Endocrine system. We draw a basic approach to endocrinology, showing how the endocrine "cascade" (hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals) interacts, explaining the use of adaptogens, adrenal tonics, thyroid remedies (this class and preceding).
Day 2: Finish endocrine, intro to evaluation from the face, questions, specific problems in practice.


Support Materials

Required reading to get the most out of this course is listed below. 

Support Materials

Herb walks with Matthew


49 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 gain a holistic understanding of organ systems, delving into tissue states typical of modern diseases.
desire to enhance your clinical skills with an introduction to tongue, pulse and facial assessment.
are ready to take your herbal skills beyond first aid and begin to understand the complexity of deep-seated, chronic ailments.

Upon completion, you will...

understand why conditions of the blood and extracellular matrix and the ability of the body to cleanse is imperative to good health. 
know the importance and the intricacies of the Six Tissue States and corresponding Herbal Energetics.
see the interplay of the organ systems and tissue states in modern diseases and how a Traditional Western Herbal approach can help get to the root of the issue.


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.

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 49 accredited hours
    • 10 hours Clinical Experience
    • 5 hours Materia Medica
    • 19 hours Basic Human Sciences
    • 15 hours History, Philosophy, and Therapeutic Paradigms and Applications (Including Energetics) of Various Systems of Herbal Medicine

    *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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