Online Certificate in Herbal Studies

Total Credits Completed

Learn to assess the quality of botanicals and understand the primary production methods of preparations including tinctures, decoctions, infusions, and teas while learning how to recommend herbal supplements for preventative health and how to incorporate herbs in daily life to support optimal health and wellness in a retail setting.

Learning Outcomes

Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics (including AHG ethics and ARC requirements), keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness counseling
Locate information from state regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local and state requirements
Discuss herbal medicine, its history, and status of current research, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals
Discuss the current state of regulations of the natural products industry, including FDA regulations, FCC regulations, GMP requirements in the U.S. and contrast with regulations in Canada and Europe
Discuss the FDA regulations concerning structure/function claims with respect to the retail environment
Discuss the medicinal plants studied with confidence, including the Latin name, major active constituents, safety issues, historical uses, and latest research
Understand common issues in plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, field identification and safety procedures and be able to educate others about these issues
Use and understand the language of herbal therapeutic actions from alteratives to vulnerary herbs

Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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