Matthew Wood is an herbalist who works with plant medicines from the standpoint of their spiritual vibration and essence. A naturalist, Matthew Wood realized earlier on that Nature is alive and that plants have a spiritual side that should not ignored. While not abandoning science Matthew Wood works with a larger picture of the plant that has allowed him to care for thousands over the last twenty seven years of his practice. A member of the American Herbalist Guild Mathew Wood has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending from European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritages. In the interview Matthew Wood discusses some of his favorite, “must have” plant medicines.
Archive for July, 2009
The Dr Kokayi explores the evolution of Chinese Medicine in the US with Danett Bean a Ph.d in Chinese medicine. Dr Kokayi charts the integration of Chinese medicine in his thirty years of involvement with this healing art and Dr Bean stresses the fact that Chinese medicine is still not completely accepted despite all the research documenting its effectiveness. Total inclusion is still not the rule. But at the same time there are more opportunities for practitioners of Chinese medicine and Dr Bean highlights some of the work she is doing, including her hospital involvement.
Dr Kokayi and Dr John Salerno of Patients Medical discuss the ins and outs of thyroid diagnosis and treatment. From energetic therapies including yoga to medications and plant medicines Dr Kokayi and Dr Salerno discuss a range of therapies and diagnostic methods. The role of iodine is also discussed as well as adrenal function as it related to supporting the thyroid. Dr Salerno also highlights the TRH stimulation test which is a way to diagnose those cases of hypothyroidism where the thyroid numbers appear in normal range but the patient has many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Winsome Winsome joins Dr Kokayi and speaks about her upbringing as a Maroon of Jamaica. She was considered a “throw back” by her people and demonstrated psychical abilities early on. Winsome goes in and out of trance to such an extent that she has to travel with an assistant. She was fortunate to be raised in a culture where her abilities were appreciated. Dr Kokayi speaks about what happens with people who are born with psychical gifts in the Western world. Winsome shares what its like to be in these trance states and working with spirit guides and ancestors.