The knee bone's connetcted to the...

...everything, actually!

Musculoskeletal health is a huge topic - it's more than just muscles and bones! That's because every muscle is connected to the skeleton and to every other muscle via a complex system of connective tissue - so damage to your pinky toe has ripple effects all the way to your skull! 

And not only that - your organs are all woven into this system too, via that same connective tissue! So the things that happen to your muscles and bones ripple through to the health of your organs, too.

But wait, there's more: your bones don't just hold your body up! They provide mineral storage to keep your heart functioning properly. They produce immune responder cells. They have a huge range of functions - they even produce hormones that are possibly more important than adrenaline in the stress response - whoa!

And your muscles don't just move you around - did you know that muscles are involved in blood sugar regulation and circulation of blood and lymph? 

So whether you're recovering from a sports injury or dealing with a chronic disorder, it's important that we keep your muscles, bones, and connective tissue happy.

In this course, you'll learn how to:

🌿Choose the right herbs to help your musculoskeletal system function at its best.

🌿Choose the best herbs to recover from injury and damage to the system - tailored to your body and your situation.

🌿Identify the root causes of chronic musculoskeletal conditions and build holistic strategies to recover.

🌿Support acute and chronic issues in tandem with your conventional therapeutics - you don't have to choose one or the other, we can all work together!

🌿Create complete protocols for chronic structural pain - including herbs, holistic strategies, and even alignment!

This course includes over 16 hours of video instruction, as well as PDF handouts, quizzes and homework assignments, and more - plus weekly live Q&A webconferences where you can talk directly with Ryn and Katja.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome! (02:18)

    • Welcome to Musculoskeletal Health!

    • Live Q&A sessions twice a week!

    • How many hours is this course?

    • How to use this platform

    • The "What's New" button on your dashboard

    • How to use the Discussions feature

    • Meet our Friends!

    • Chatting in the Community Space

    • Every Body is Different

    • Herbalism (and health!) is Bioregional

    • Herbalism (and health!) is Bioregional [audio]

    • Course Outline

    • Action Prompt: Plan Your Herbs!

  • 2

    Anatomy & Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System (40:58)

  • 3

    Dynamic Movement (59:42)

    • Movement as physiology - and getting more of it for every body

    • Movement as Physiology

    • Movement as Physiology [audio]

    • Sitting is the new Smoking...

    • Sitting Is The New Smoking [audio]

    • Motivating Movement

    • Motivating Movement [audio]

    • Quick Guide: Dynamic Movement

    • A&P / Movement Quiz

  • 4

    Alignment vs. Posture (58:24)

    • The Geometry and Physics of our Physiology

    • Alignment Introduction

    • Alignment Introduction [audio]

    • Neck & Shoulders

    • Neck & Shoulders [audio]

    • Pelvic Alignment, Calves, & Hamstrings

    • Pelvic Alignment, Calves, & Hamstrings [audio]

    • Knee & Foot Alignment

    • Knee & Foot Alignment [audio]

    • Quick Guide: Alignment vs Posture

  • 5

    Movement vs. Exercise (72:19)

    • Investigating cultural movement norms

    • Walking and Physiology

    • Walking and Physiology [audio]

    • Functional Movement

    • Functional Movement [audio]

    • "Appropriate" Exercise

    • "Appropriate" Exercise [audio]

    • Quick Guide: Movement vs Exercise

    • Movement vs Exercise Quiz

  • 6

    The Role of Inflammation (44:33)

    • Inflammation and Healing

    • Musculoskeletal Inflammation

    • Musculoskeletal Inflammation [audio]

    • Managing Inflammation Checklist [printable]

    • Quick Guide: Inflammation

    • Inflammation Quiz

  • 7

    Herbal Actions for the Musculoskeletal System (104:20)

    • Choosing the Right Herbs

    • "Anti-inflammatory" Herbs

    • "Anti-Inflammatory" Herbs [audio]

    • Antispasmodics

    • Antispasmodics [audio]

    • Anodyne Herbs

    • Anodyne Herbs [audio]

    • Circulatory Stimulants & Rubefacients

    • Circulatory Stimulants & Rubefacients [audio]

    • Nervous Trophorestoratives

    • Nervous Trophorestoratives [audio]

    • Adaptogens

    • Adaptogens [audio]

    • Quick Guide: Herbal Actions for the Musculoskeletal System

    • Musculoskeletal Actions Quiz

  • 8

    Managing Musculoskeletal Issues (306:27)

    • Dealing with issues in your body

    • "Second Aid": Extended care of bruises, sprains, and broken bones

    • "Second Aid" - Bruises, Sprains, Breaks [audio]

    • Post Exertion Soreness/Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

    • Post Exertion Soreness/DOMS [audio]

    • Chronic Back Pain & Disc Problems

    • Chronic Back Pain [audio]

    • Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome

    • Osteo- & Rheumatoid Arthritis

    • Arthritis [audio]

    • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome & Repetitive Stress Injuries

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Repetitive Stress Injuries [audio]

    • Pelvic Floor Disorders

    • Pelvic Floor Disorders [audio]

    • Squats, Kegels, & your Pelvic Floor

    • Plantar Fasciitis

    • Plantar Fasciitis [audio]

    • Foot-stretch toys

    • Osteoporosis

    • Osteoporosis [audio]

    • Katy Bowman on Bone Density

    • Neuromuscular & Degenerative Disorders

    • Neuromuscular & Degenerative Disorders [audio]

    • Non-Arthritic Joint Pain & Gout

    • Gout [audio]

    • More on Gout

    • Quick Guide: Managing Musculoskeletal Issues

    • Musculoskeletal Issues Quiz

  • 9

    Materia Medica for the Musculoskeletal System (266:27)

    • Herbs to support Musculoskeletal Health

    • Materia Medica for Musculoskeletal Health

    • Arnica, Black Cohosh, Boneset

    • Materia Medica 1 [audio]

    • California Poppy & Cayenne

    • Materia Medica 2 [audio]

    • Comfrey, Crampbark, Damiana

    • Materia Medica 3 [audio]

    • Eleuthero & The Ginsengs

    • Materia Medica 4 [audio]

    • Goji & Horsetail

    • Materia Medica 5 [audio]

    • Japanese Knotweed & Kava

    • Materia Medica 6 [audio]

    • Lavender, Lobelia, Meadowsweet

    • Materia Medica 7 [audio]

    • Mullein, Nettle, Pink Lady's Thumb

    • Materia Medica 8 [audio]

    • Prickly Ash, Seaweeds, Skullcap

    • Materia Medica 9 [audio]

    • Solomon's Seal, St. Johnswort, Teasel

    • Materia Medica 10 [audio]

    • Wild Lettuce, Willow, Yarrow

    • Materia Medica 11 [audio]

    • Materia Medica Quiz

  • 10

    Let's Practice! (08:47)

    • Turn Facts into Skills!

    • Let's Practice!

    • videos on the way!

    • A friend with a back problem

    • Back Problem Solutions

But wait, there's more! 🙂

In addition to the videos, we provide features to accommodate all the different ways people like to learn, so you can internalize the information easily!

  • Lifetime access - so you can review the content as many times as you like, forever!

  • Weekly live Q&A sessions with Katja and Ryn - to ask your questions directly, live and in person! (They're even archived, in case you miss one!) This course has 6 months live Q&A support.

  • Ask questions anytime - we're always just a click away: you can ask any questions in the integrated discussion forum, and we're committed to personally answering your questions, usually within 24 hours

  • Printable PDF materials - if you like to follow the videos along on paper, or keep them handy for a quick reference

  • Downloadable MP3 files - so you can review the content while you commute, workout, garden, ... anytime!

16+ hours of in-depth videos, downloadable quick guides, live Q&A sessions, and more - all for $200!

The best herb school online!

Vanessa P.

"I researched different online herbalism courses for about two months and am so glad I found you two. There is so much more than just the material to this course. Because you teach everything in videos, and then with the live Q&A sessions every week, I feel like this is more of an in-person experience than an online course and I love that."

Your Teachers

Two heads are better than one!

Katja & Ryn
Katja & Ryn

Katja & Ryn almost always teach together. They each have particular talents and areas of interest, and their perspectives on certain issues are quite different! Together, they convey a fuller picture of the realities of herbal theory & practice than either one could do alone.

Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help people rebuild their relationships with their bodies and their own ability to heal. She’s been in practice over 20 years, but it all began with a desire to make her own “fancy tea” at home instead of paying high prices for imported blends at specialty stores. She’s kept that do-it-yourself ethic close to her heart.

Ryn has been a practicing herbalist since 2010. He came to herbalism by way of martial arts, where his first experiences with herbs were focused on getting back into the game and becoming more flexible, adaptable, and resilient. Passing that experience on to others is what keeps him motivated every day.

Together, Katja and Ryn teach everyone from children to elders, as well as pharmacy students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, where they both serve as associate faculty. Ryn and Katja are the authors of Herbal Medicine for Beginners, and the creators of the weekly Holistic Herbalism Podcast.

Zero-Risk Return Policy

Teaching isn't just about conveying information - there's also an aspect of being someone's "cup of tea".

So we want you to take the first 14 days to really decide if you love it or not. If for any reason you feel like this program isn’t right for you - if we're just not your cup of tea - we’ll give you a full refund. You don't even need a reason - just please let us know within 14 days of purchase.

Let's build a healthy body!