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Matthew Wood


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).

Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA:

Earthwise Herbal : Books 1 and 2
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism
The Book of Herbal Wisdom
Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences,
Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers

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What students are saying

"Many years ago, The Book of Herbal Wisdom fell into my hands. This book became both my gateway and "bible" that opened my eyes to the magical and potent world of our weedy green allies.  The author Matthew Wood (one of my closest teachers) is a gifted storyteller and carrier of the wise medicine ways handed down from the empirical traditions of North America and Old World Europe. His style is what I would call spiritual herbalism, honoring the subtle, humble & "less is more" philosophy."  Brooke Sullivan, ParaYoga® Tantra Herbalist

"Matthew gave me a thorough education on the energetics of herbs. Each weekend focused on a pairing such as hot/cold, damp/moist and this, along with the deeper understanding of tissue states, broadened my understanding of the plant medicines." Shea Smith, Owner, HAALo Herb Shoppe

"I first met Matthew last year when I attended the symposium, Traditions in Western Herbalism, in Arizona and was taken by his teachings of Animal Totem Herbal Medicine. I then decided to study with him because of his approach to understanding the medicinal plant in which both tradition and modern science are used. His understanding of homeopathy, the Doctors of Signatures and his more esoteric teachings have also inspired me. Matthew is not only one of the great herbal teachers and healers of our time, but he is also both relatable and has a whole host of interesting stories to keep one captivated in the subject of herbalism." Monica Tomasi, Herbalist and creator of The Herb Nerd Podcast

"Matthew Wood has a vast knowledge of herbs coupled with his knowledge of the body's systems. He is intuitive with his approach and combines that with his knowledge of herbs. His book The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism is the book that I refer to the most for this knowledge and remedies. Sandra Frankin, Herbalist