Herbal Facts, Herbal Fallacies

Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, APRN, BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP

 

Overview:

Would you know what advice to give someone who's using or considering using an herbal supplement? If not, it's time you learned more about herbs. Millions of Americans use herbal remedies and other dietary supplements. Walk down the aisle of a retain pharmacy and you'll see a mind-boggling array of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and similar products touting a wide range of health benefits.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information to help them better understand herbal therapy.


Objectives:

1. Discuss issues related to the manufacturing and sale of herbal supplements.
2. Describe the purported benefits of common herbs.
3. Identify risks associated with commonly used herbal supplements.


Author:

Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, APRN, BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, is President of Fitzgerald Health Associates, Inc. in North Andover, Massachusetts, and a Family Nurse Practitioner and Adjunct Faculty at Greater Lawrence (MA) Family Health Center. Dr Fitzgerald is on the speakers' bureaus of GlaxoSmithKline and Janssen Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012

Pharmacology Hours: 1

 

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