While this is a class on any and all herbs for the female reproductive system, Matthew's emphasis always is upon the beautiful and powerful gift of the great Native American women's remedies (black cohosh, blue cohosh, true unicorn root, false unicorn root, trillium, wild yam, raspberry, mitchella, etc.) We will also discuss the European (lady's mantle, pulsatilla), the Chinese (angelica, cooked rehmania root, paeonia, etc.) and Ayurvedic (shatavari, etc.).
Male reproductive remedies are less in number and not very interesting compared to the great collection of female specific or fairly specific remedies we inherit from Native America and other traditions. And a number of them probably are unisexual or general in application but became fixed in use because men wrote the books and were the "important patients."
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).