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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours (2 Pharm Hours)

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC

Peer Reviewer(s): Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh
Item#: N1842
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)
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Ginseng Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety

Price $17.95
Item # N1842
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Release Date: December 15, 2017

Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Ginseng is a perennial herb of the Araliaceae family. Ninety-nine percent of the world market of ginseng is produced by four counties: Korea, China, Canada, and the United States (Foster, 2016). The most common types are Panax ginseng (Chinese, Korean, or Asian ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng).  This course will review the background and history of ginseng, common uses, and nursing considerations.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the background and history of ginseng.
  • Describe the common uses and evidence of effectiveness for Panax ginseng.
  • Describe the common uses and evidence of effectiveness for American ginseng.
  • Discuss the potential interactions and other nursing considerations when using ginseng.
  • Compare the use of ginseng to other supplements used for the same conditions.

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her bachelor of science degree in education from New York University, her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and her doctorate in humanities – health care history from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England. Dr. Libster is an award-winning historian and has written seven books, including two histories about American 19th-century healthcare reform, religion, and nursing. She is known internationally for her pioneering work and book publications on integrative nursing and nurse-herbalism, beginning with the release of Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing (2000, Delmar Thomson Learning) and her encyclopedic Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (2002). She is founding director of the Global Tea House, an international forum for dialog in health culture diplomacy and editor of Perspectives in Cultural Diplomacy. Her work focuses on primary health care, education, and research with communities that seek to incorporate nonpharmacological, cost-effective, accessible traditional healing solutions, such as traditional Chinese and Western herbal remedies, with emerging science in their approach to stress, mental illness, and common health concerns, particularly in infants and young children. She has private integrative health and psychotherapy practices in Colorado Springs and Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and The Authors Guild.

Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh, received his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University and his doctorate in naturopathic medicine and his homeopathic medical diploma from Westbrook University. Dr. Kracoff provides in-depth consultative services at Johnson Compounding & Wellness in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Kracoff’s guiding philosophy is to treat the person as a whole and not to chase symptoms. He focuses on finding out the “why” of what is happening physically and mentally and then works with individuals to restore balance in the body. Dr. Kracoff frequently lectures at pharmacy, medical, and health-oriented conferences. He is an educator at the Academy of Integrative Medicine, conducting 2-day seminars for healthcare professionals twice a year. Dr. Kracoff also serves on the faculty of the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • Martha Libster has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.
  • Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is medical director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. He has agreed to present content that is current, evidence based, and without bias.