Introduction to Herbs and Botanicals - FIT800

Introduction to Herbs and Botanicals

by Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND and Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
(4.5 / 83 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (1.00 ACSM CECs)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


The use of herbal supplements as a substitute for or as a compliment to conventional medical treatment is a growing trend in the United States. While herbal supplements may be considered effective and safe to use by consumers, there are multiple factors that influence their efficacy and safety.
Healthcare professionals must be aware of the safety and efficacy issues related to the use of herbal products by those they serve. It is also important to know where to look for valid resources to identify clinical, valid information to share with consumers and further their own understanding of herbal supplements.


After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the prevalence of and rationale for herbal supplement use by consumers.
  • Explain safety issues of herbal supplements pertaining to contamination, adulteration, toxicity, and herb/drug interactions.
  • Identify valid resources when checking the efficacy and safety of herbal supplements.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, fitness professionals, and health educators.
Fitness Professionals: 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 or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Relias LLC meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2022 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 12/17/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/17/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/17/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Maribeth C - Costa Mesa, CA  ·  Mar 02, 2020
Great info of herbs and botanicals as alternative medication for different types of diseases
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KATHLEEN B - Columbia, SC  ·  Feb 18, 2020
Enjoyed this course and can apply to my daily life and my family's.
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Joanne M - Breckenridge, CO  ·  Feb 14, 2020
too basic. this is information I already know. was hoping for more indepth on herbs
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Carol M - Windsor,  ·  Feb 11, 2020
informative and helpful
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MARY M - Farmingdale, NJ  ·  Feb 06, 2020
Interesting article.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50