Herbal Supplements
by Instructor: Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, RD, MS


i 4.00 CEH

Course Overview

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. Additional topics include phytotherapy, homeopathic medicine, Ayurvedic, Native American and traditional Chinese botanicals.

About the Course Author

Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, MS, RD specialized in holistic nutrition following her conventional training and education in 1982. As 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 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) task force developing Complementary and Alternative Medicine competencies for dietetic practitioners, and held positions in the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) Dietetic Practice Group. She 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. Leslie currently works as adjunct faculty at CSU. Education: Southern Illinois Univ. (BS, Food and Nutrition; MS, Human Development.). Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, RD, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer


    Relias LLC is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 4.0 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity. This activity is approved for 4.0 contact hours.

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  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply counseling practices specific to patients and clients who choose to use botanical supplementsApply counseling practices specific to patients and clients who choose to use botanical supplements; Describe the implications of DSHEA of 1994 and current legislation regarding supplements, label claims, and good manufacturing practices as mandated by the FDA; Describe the pharmacology and therapeutic use for the most commonly used botanical supplements; Describe the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine and herbal product use in healthcare today; Discuss examples of pharmaceutical drugs with origins stemming from medicinal plants; Explain how to read and interpret a dietary supplement label that contains botanical material; Explain safety issues of herbal dietary supplements pertaining to contamination, adulteration, toxicity and herb/drug interactions; Identify valid resources for checking the efficacy and safety of botanical supplements ; List herbs typically found in products promoted for weight loss supplements; List the factors affecting the potency of herbal products; List the most popular botanical dietary supplements; List unsafe or potentially toxic herbs; 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; Provide examples of health, structure and function claims that comply with FDA regulations; Provide examples of traditional, cultural uses of botanical medicine
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    The target audience for this course is: Athletic Trainers; Fitness Professionals; Health Educators; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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