Herbalism for Healthcare Professionals
What you'll learn
- Students will learn about the uses of common everyday herbs for diseases, safety and their mechanisms of action. Students will also learn about medication interactions with herbs and common side effects. This course is great for Nurses and healthcare professionals who want to learn about herbal therapies.
- Course requirements: understanding of physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology
Interested about learning about herbs? Want to learn how they are used by health professionals to help improve health and in certain chronic conditions like Hypertension and Diabetes? Curious about how they work and if they are even safe? Are they safe to use with medications? How do I know if this supplement is a good quality one?
In this course, Dr. Vanessa Ruiz, Naturopathic doctor and Holistic Nurse, teaches how herbs are used in a health setting. You'll learn about the increasing demand for alternative/ and complementary medicine to help with common conditions such as back pain, neck pain and anxiety. You'll learn how to choose quality herbal supplements, their safe uses and how they actually work. In addition, you'll learn contraindications and when herbs aren't safe to use when taken together with medications. You'll dive deep into the herbal monographs of the top 12 most commonly used herbs in the United States: ginger, echinacea, garlic, gingko, saw palmetto and many more! At the end, you'll be given reputable educational resources to expand your knowledge of herbs.
This course is geared towards health professionals with a basic understanding of physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. This course is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat or diagnose. Please know and understand the scope of your practice if you are a health professional.
Who this course is for:
- Healthcare Professionals, Nurses, PAs, Nurse Practitioners
Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN, is a Naturopathic physician and registered nurse. She utilizes natural therapies such as biofeedback, somatic therapies, nutrition and botanical medicines in an integrative setting for both behavioral health and medical conditions at Integrative Mental Health Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. She earned her doctorate of naturopathic medicine at Southwest College in Tempe, Arizona, and her nursing degree from Stony Brook University, New York.
She has been featured in the "Dig Deep Documentary" and “Voyage Phoenix” for her work with trauma and natural mental health. She speaks nationally on the effect of adverse childhood experiences and how to approach them from a holistic perspective. Also a practicing nurse of over 10 years, she is the founder of Nurses for Natural Health, an organization to empower and educate nurses in functional and natural medicine.