Materia Medica II

In continuation of WMMI, we wrap up learning herbs for body systems and move onto common areas where herbs are called on for support: weight management/thyroid activity, parasites and candida, wound healing, pain, pregnancy and breastfeeding, herbs for aging, and more.

65+ Herbs & Mushrooms
11 Lessons
11 Quizzes
173 Videos
Final Exam
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Western Materia Medica I and II covers the broad diversity of medicinal and healing plants used by Western Herbalists. This includes medicinal plants and fungi from all over the world with the exception of China and India, which is covered in Traditional Chinese Materia Medica (TCMM) and Traditional Ayurvedic Materia Medica (TAMM).

WMMII wraps up the systems approach began in WMMI by finishing herbs for the Immune System and herbs that influence Metabolism (thyroid focus). We then go on to explore botanicals for pediatrics, geriatrics, parasites, wound healing, cancer processes, pain, phsychotropic/entheogenic herbs, toxic herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and more.

WMMI and WMM II can be seen as the “tying it all together courses” in the area of herbs used by Western practitioners for the betterment of their patients and themselves, learning to assess the person in front of them and how to create custom herbal formulations for someone using the herbs in the materia medica.

Is Western Materia Medica II For Me?

Students will be expected to be familiar with many herbs already, such as those learned in Herbology I as well as have at least an introductory background in pharmacognosy as learned in Herbology Advanced, as well as having taken WMMI.

Western Materia Medica I & II are bundled into (and prerequisites for graduating from) the Practical Herbalist Diploma program. They may also be taken on their own following Herbology 101 & Advanced (or equivalent).

Lesson One – Metabolic Botanicals II 22 Videos

1.1 Thermogenesis
1.2 Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
1.3 Thyroid Stress: Depressive
1.4 Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack)
1.5 Lycopus virginicus (Bugleweed)
1.6 Garcinia cambogia (Gamboge)
1.7 Oplopanax horridum (Devil’s Club)
1.8 Eleutherococcus senticosus (Eleuthro)
1.9 Panax ginseng (Ginseng)
1.10 Panax quinquefolium (American Ginseng)

Lesson Two – The Immune System II 19 Videos

2.1 Immune Deficiency

  • Herbs to stimulate

2.2 Immune Excess

  • Herbs to relax

2.3 Immune Trophorestorative
2.4 Baptisia tinctoria (Wild Indigo)
2.5 Ceanothus americanus (Red Root)
2.6 Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea)
2.7 Lomatium dissectum (Lomatium)
2.8 Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)

Lesson Three – Botanicals for Obstetric & Pediatric Disorders II 19 Videos

3.1 Emmenagogues as Abortifacients
3.2 Difficulty with Conception

  • Excessive bleeding even at non-menstrual times
  • Defective luteal function
  • Cervical mucus
  • Immunological rejection of sperm
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Emotional Issues

3.2 Therapy during Pregnancy

  • Morning sickness
  • Threatened miscarriage

3.3 Preparing for Childbirth
3.4 Breastfeeding
3.5 Postnatal Depression
3.6 Pediatrics
3.7 Cnicus benedictus (Blessed Thistle)
3.8 Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh)
3.9 Nepeta cataria (Catnip)
3.10 Matricaria chamomilla (German Chamomile)
3.11 Petroselinum sativum (Parsley)

Lesson Four – Botanicals for Geriatrics II 16 Videos

4.1 Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo)
4.2 Pilocarpus jaborandi (Indian Hemp)
4.3 Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
4.4 Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)
4.5 Viscum album (Mistletoe)

Lesson Five – Parasites & Ecological Balance II 17 Videos

5.1 Ecological Balance
5.2 Parasites

  • Recommended action
  • Single herbs
  • Suggested program

5.3 Candida albicans

  • Recommended action
  • Single herbs

5.4 Candida Diet

  • Food and Drinks to be avoided
  • Good Foods
  • Supplements
  • Candida long questionnaire

5.5 Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)
5.6 Artemisia annua (Sweet Annie)
5.7 Artemisia absinthium (Absinthe, Common Wormwood)
5.8 Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin Seeds)
5.9 Tabebuia avellanedae (Pau D’Arco)
5.10 Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal)

Lesson Six – Wound Healing II 14 Videos

6.1 Calendula officianlis (Calendula)
6.2 Plantago major (Plantain)
6.3 Quercus alba (White Oak)
6.4 Prunella vulgaris (Self Heal)
6.5 Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)

Lesson Seven – Psychotropics – Entheogenics II 22 Videos

7.1 LSD
7.2 Legal Issues
7.3 Bad Trips
7.4 Nutrition and Rules for Recreational Drug Users
7.5 Pineal Gland
7.6 MAO
7.7 Brughmansia species (Angel’s Trumpet)
7.8 Ayahuasca
7.9 Calamus Root
7.10 Calea zachatechiehi (Calea)
7.11 Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
7.12 Phalaris arundinacea (Canary Reed Grass)
7.13 Theobroma cacao (Cacao)
7.14 Datura stramonium (Datura)
7.15 Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian Baby Woodrose)
7.16 Tabernanthe iboga (Iboga)
7.17 Catha edulis (Khat)
7.18 Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg)
7.19 Peganum harmala (Syrian Rue)
7.20 Amanita muscaria (Amanita)
7.21 Cannabis sativa (Marijuana)

Lesson Eight – Cancer II 17 Videos

8.1 Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella)
8.2 Phytolacca decandra (Poke Root)
8.3 Sanguinaria canadensis (Blood Root)
8.4 Thuja occidentalis (White Cedar)
8.5 Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)

Lesson Nine – Medical Mushrooms II 20 Videos

9.1 What are “Mushrooms”?
9.2 Major Mechanisms of Medicinal Mushrooms

  • Polysaccharides
  • Triterpenoids

9.3 Actions for Several Medicine Mushrooms

  • Antioxidant Activity
  • Antibacterial & Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Antitumor
  • Immunosuppressive & Antiallergic
  • Antiatherogenic
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Mushrooms with Central Activity
  • Vitamin D2

9.4 Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi)
9.5 Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps)
9.6 Grifola frondosa (Maitake)
9.7 Coriolus versicolor (Turkey Tail)
9.8 Lentinus edodes (Shiitake)
9.9 Inonotus obliquus (Chaga)

Lesson Ten – Toxic Herbs II 7 Videos

10.1 Anemone pulsatilla (Anemone)
10.2 Bryonia alba (Bryonia)
10.3 Gelsemium sempervirens (Yellow Jasmine)
10.4 Hyocyamus niger (Henbane)
10.5 Veratrum viride (Veratrum)

Lesson Eleven – Pain II 6 Videos

11.1 Checklist for Pain

  • Vitamin B12
  • Herbs that are helpful: Capsaicin
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnosis

11.2 Arnica montana (Arnica)
11.3 Hypericum perforatum (St.John’s Wort)
11.4 Piscidia erythrina (Jamaica Dogwood)
11.5 Salix alba (Willow)
11.6 Tanacetum parthenium (Feverfew)

Final Exam

This is a continuation of Western Materia Medica I, building on the 55 herbs you learned to support the body systems of the body.

In Western Materia Medica II, you will learn an average of 5 herbs per lesson/topic, along with an introduction to 14 entheogenic herbs and 6 medicinal mushrooms for a total of over 65 botanicals.

WMMII goes a bit more in depth into some common conditions and life stages that bring folks to seek help from herbalists.

You will learn to differentiate and support both depressive and overactive thyroid states as well as deficient and excessive immune states, learn strategies and herbal support for pain, and the importance of maintaining the ecological balance of the body as it relates to parasites.

You will learn more about herbs for various life stages, such as: difficulty with conception, fertility formulas, some supports for morning sickness, breastfeeding, postpartum depression and herbal dosing for children, as well as herbs specific to support aging.

Western Materia Medica II

Meet Your Instructors

Meet your instructors & course creators for Materia Medica II:  Dr. Terry Willard, PhD, Cl.H. & Todd Caldecott, Medical Herbalist & Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Dr. Terry Willard founded Wild Rose College in 1979 and has been in private clinical practice for almost 40 years. Todd Caldecott is an herbalist and educator and deeply immersed in working in the Ayurvedic healing model.

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Todd Caldecott, MH

Todd Caldecott, Medical Herbalist is a renowned Ayurvedic practitioner and instructor. He's been in clinical practice for 25 years.

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Dr. Terry Willard, PhD

Dr. Terry Willard PhD, Cl.H. is the founder & former director of Wild Rose Herbal College, and has been in clinical practice for almost 40 years.

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