This online continuing education course and exam outline the motivating factors for using herbal supplements and present the evidence-based clinical use of botanical supplements in the treatment and prevention of certain diseases and conditions.
Course components are delivered online and include a continuing education exam.
Herbal Supplements Online CE Course will help you understand consumer use and motivation for using nutritional supplements, including commonly used botanical dietary supplements. The course describes the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine and herbal products used in health care today; it also presents the evidence-based clinical use of botanical supplements in the treatment and prevention of certain disease conditions. You will also find information on the preparation, manufacturing, safety, standardization, analysis, drug and nutrient interactions, and regulation of herbal medications.
Identify valid resources for checking efficacy and safety of botanical supplements.
Describe the pharmacology and therapeutic use for the most commonly used botanical supplements.
Apply counseling practices specific to patients and clients who choose to use botanical supplements.
Understand the definitions for health and structure and function claims used by the FDA.
Understand the history of botanicals in pharmacy and medicine in the United States.
Understand the implications of DSHEA of 1994 and current legislation regarding supplements, label claims, and good manufacturing practices as mandated by the FDA.
Explain safety issues of herbal dietary supplements pertaining to contamination, toxicity, and herb and drug interactions.
List unsafe botanical dietary supplements.
Explain how to read and interpret a dietary supplement label that contains botanical material.
Explain traditional, cultural uses of botanical medicine.
List herbs typically found in products promoted in weight-loss supplements.
Identify herbs commonly found in products promoted as weight-loss formulas.
Chapter 1. Herbal Medicine in Health Care Today Chapter 2. Herbal Consumerism: Products & Manufacturing Practices Chapter 3. Plants & Active Constituents Chapter 4. Medicinal Herbs in Health & Disease Chapter 5. Herbal Supplements for Specific Conditions Chapter 6. Adverse Effects & Drug Interactions Chapter 7. Regulation of Botanical Dietary Supplements Chapter 8. Culinary Herbs & Spices as Medicinal Functional Foods Chapter 9. Cultural Use of Herbal Medicine Chapter 10. Legal & Ethical Issues for Herbal Practitioners
A continuing education course for nutritionists, dietitians, and fitness and allied health professionals.
Leslie Kay-Getzinger, MS, RD, works as a consultant and specializes in holistic nutrition. Once a production manager for a nutraceutical manufacturer, she traveled to China to observe the manufacturing of traditional botanical medicines. She has worked with conventionally trained and integrative medical practitioners, served on an ADA task force developing complementary and alternative medicine competencies for dietetic practitioners, and held positions in the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Group.
Kay-Getzinger completed postgraduate training and certification in integrative and functional medicine and botanical medicine and has worked as adjunct faculty at community, state, and private colleges throughout Southern California. She earned her BS in food and nutrition from Southern Illinois University and an MS in human development.