Matthew Wood Lectures

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

Part 1 and 2 contain Matthew’s lecture on the first day. His broad topic is energetics. He explores the four elements and four qualities of the Greeks, the three Doshas of Ayurveda, the five elements of traditional Chinese medicine, the six tissue states of physiomedicalism and the four humours of medieval western Europe.

Some of the herbs covered include sweet clover, elderberry, dandelion, rabbit tobacco, hyssop and black haw.

Parts 3, 4 and 5 cover a range of topics that came out of the discussion about energetics. Matthew talks about lymphatics, mucus types, the role of essential fatty acids, types of coughs, purgatives, Native American animal medicines and the signs of the Zodiac and the relation of each to an emotion and a part of the body system. It’s a wide-ranging discussion in Matt’s eclectic way.

Herbs covered include red root, calendula, cleavers, madder, poke, scrophularia, yellow dock, red clover, mullein, wild cherry, crab apple and more.

In this excerpt Matthew discusses the different types of coughs and their herbal remedies:


Part 1: 1hr 46min

Part 2: 1hr 47min

Part 3: 1hr 42min

Part 4: 59min

Part 5: 1hr 2min

Cost of 5 DVD set: $65.00

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“Herbs, plants, and other medicine manifestly operate, either by heat, coldness, dryness, or moisture, for the world being composed of so many qualities, they and only they can be found in the world, and the mixtures of them one with another.”                                                                       -                                                          Nicholas Culpeper (1653)       


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