Herbal Supplements - RD87

Herbal Supplements

by Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, RD, MS
RD87
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This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (10.00 CPEU)

Summary:

The course will be discontinued on June 28, 2019. Please plan to finish the course by June 27 if you wish to earn credit.

The prevalence of herbal supplements presents a unique challenge to health professionals. It is vital for health practitioners to gain expertise in the efficacy of dietary supplements and to be informed of the use, possible risks, interactions and benefits, and advise consumers on the appropriate use of dietary supplements. This course features information on the effectiveness and safety of herbal medications as well as explanations on the preparation, manufacturing, safety, standardization, analysis, drug and nutrient interactions, regulation, and marketing of botanical drugs. Included are the Latin names, common names, sources, traditional use, Commission E recommendations, herbal PDR recommendations, proved effects, contraindications and dosages. 

Objectives:

The goal of this course is to teach practitioners about the safe use of herbal supplements in the prevention and treatment of disease. Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine and herbal product use in healthcare today
  • Present the evidence-based clinical use of botanical supplements in the treatment and prevention of certain disease conditions
  • Provide examples of consumer use and motivation for using nutritional supplements including herbs
  • List the factors affecting the potency of herbal products
  • List the most popular botanical dietary 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
  • Provide examples of health, structure and function claims that comply with FDA regulations
  • Discuss examples of pharmaceutical drugs with origins stemming from medicinal plants
  • Describe 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, adulteration, toxicity and herb/drug interactions
  • List unsafe or potentially toxic herbs
  • Explain how to read and interpret a dietary supplement label that contains botanical material
  • Provide examples of traditional, cultural uses of botanical medicine
  • List herbs typically found in products promoted for weight loss supplements
  • Identify valid resources for checking the efficacy and safety of botanical supplements
 
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Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, and health educators.
 
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000,3100, 5420, 7110 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.3.7, 10.4.1. 
 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).