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Botanicals, Herbs, and Herbalism

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the role of herbs and herbalists, herb processing, herbalist training, and current issues regarding the use of herbs.
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While modern medicine has produced many scientific advances, one of the most important “advances” in health and medicine has been the recognition of the value of herbs and herbalism. After all, nature and plants have been an essential part of everyday life since the beginning of recorded history. Used for medicines, clothing, food, and in religious ceremonies, in many health belief systems, plants are considered a gift of nature and valued for their healing effects.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the role of herbs and herbalism in health care.<
  • Explain the herbal production process.
  • Describe the levels of herbalists.
  • Identify the actions of herbs.
  • Describe the key concerns of herbalism today.

Modern medical science has provided antibiotics, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, laser surgery, organ transplants, and many other life-saving advances. Amid this valuable progress, however, individuals often lose sight of the history of healing. Humans have not always looked to technology to heal.

During much of human existence, people relied on a connectedness to nature and its healing powers. Nature was part of everyday life, and people were intimately familiar with it. Plants, for example, have been used by humans for food, medicine, clothing, and tools, and for religious ceremonies, prior to recorded history. Most traditional belief systems consider plants a gift of nature and access to them a basic human right. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) refers to herbs as the “people’s medicines.”

For centuries, people believed that each herbal plant contained a sign left by God, intended to give humanity clues to its healing effects. This ancient philosophy, called the Doctrine of Signatures, maintains that God marked everything with a “sign” or “signature” designating its purpose. The Doctrine of Signatures indicates that plants have parts that resemble and are relevant to human body parts, animals, or objects. These features of the plant resemble the condition or body part that can be treated by the plant. For example, the goldenseal, whose yellow-green root indicates its use for jaundice or lobelia and whose flowers are shaped like a stomach, reflects its antiemetic properties (Center for Northern Woodlands Education, 2016; Freeman, 2008).

Ginseng is another example of this doctrine. Used in China for over 5,000 years, ginseng is the Anglicization of the Chinese word for “man-root” or “man-essence” and its Latin genus name is Panax (“cure all”). The plant’s signature is easy to see—it resembles a man and is thus thought to heal and strengthen all parts of the body. American ginseng has been exported to China since the early 1700s but wild ginseng currently sells for about $550 per pound so its use is rare in the United States.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

July 11, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.