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.
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
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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