Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis with Matthew Wood

Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis with Matthew Wood

Introduction to Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis

Weekend Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, December 3/4 10 AM – 5 PM

Matthew Wood MS (Herbal Medicine)   Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)

Book: Traditional Western Herbalism
A Conversation
by Matthew Wood, Francis Bonaldo, and Phyllis Light
Great material on pulses, based on traditional Chinese medicine, Greek medicine, nineteenth century botanical medicine, and including chapters on the dynamics of the circulation, how it affects the pulse, and on Southern folk medicine (by or based on the teachings of Phyllis Light).  Set as a conversation, sometimes between the authors, sometimes inviting the readers to participate.  Book will be available at workshop for 25% off ($32.50 original price; 375pp.) Cost of the workshop is $175, the book is then $25.

The class, Introduction to Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis is designed for practitioners of Western herbalism, though it can be utilized by practitioners of Chinese herbalism and medicine as well.


The pulse evaluation methods are based on both Chinese and Greek antecedents, with the emphasis on the basic, simple, important pulses showing basic tissue states: high/low, fast/slow, quick/rare (a Greek pulse), long/short, wide/narrow, regular/irregular, tense/relaxed, tight/loose, full/empty, hard/soft, strong/weak, choppy/slippery, thick blood/thin blood, and others.


My tongue evaluation is based on Chinese antecedents, with two important additions from Ayurveda: differentiation of tongue types by tridosha: vata (dry, thin, medium to long), pitta (elongated, pointed, carmine red, muscular), kapha (thick, round, moist, sub-pink); and the differentiation between watery and oily secretions.

Throughout we will refer to specific indications for herbs, mostly Western. We will be looking at each others pulses and tongues.

NEW BOOK: The Earthwise Herbal Repertory
The first and only one of its kind, this is a repertory or clinical index for practicing herbalists (and serious hobbyists) who need to look up possible remedies. The herbs are sorted
 or differentiated by specific indications (when available), tissue states, tastes, etc. The approach is energetic (yeah!) not pharmacological. It is also utilitarian, not theoretical. It is practical book. Those who liked and used the 75 page repertory in The Book of Herbal Wisdom will find this quadrupled in size and detail.There are also some pages dedicated to interesting themes, clinical approaches, andherbs – what I called “color” when writing to my editor. I have a co-author for this book, David Ryan, who helped me understand the homeopathic repertory and how to adapt it for herbalism. This book will also be available at the class.

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Contact: Philo School of Herbal Energetics. Philo, Ca.

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