Ian Breakspear

Ian Breakspear
Torrens University Australia · Health and Education Faculty

Master of Herbal Medicines

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Citations since 2016
17 Research Items
24 Citations
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Introduction
Senior Learning Facilitator - Naturopathy & Western Herbal Medicine, at Torrens University. Working on a range of projects including the chemical profile and health benefits of olive leaf extract and olive oil, and safety of herbal medicines.
Additional affiliations
July 2021 - present
Torrens University Australia
Position
  • Senior Learning Facilitator - Naturopathy & Western Herbal Medicine
Description
  • Teaching, subject management, curriculum development, scholarship and research within the Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine programs.
January 2021 - June 2021
Endeavour College of Natural Health
Position
  • Discipline Coordinator
Description
  • Academic leadership and management the naturopathic staff of 6 campuses across Australia, and coordination of clinical herbal medicine subjects.
April 2018 - January 2021
Endeavour College of Natural Health
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Description
  • Senior Lecturer, managing more than 20 lecturers and nationally managing herbal pharmacology and pharmacognosy, and clinical herbal medicine subjects. Supervisor for Summer School and Honours research students.
Education
January 2003 - July 2005
The University of Sydney
Field of study
  • Herbal medicine

Publications

Publications (25)
Article
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Olive leaf extract (OLE), prepared from the fresh or dried leaves of Olea europaea L., is generating interest as a cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk modifier. Positive effects for the leaf extract and its key phytochemical constituents have been reported on blood pressure, respiratory infections, inflammation, and insulin resistance. A vari...
Article
Recently, the TGA published an update stating that herbs which contain arbutin in a concentration exceeding 10 ppm are not eligible to be included in Listed complementary medicines in Australia due to scheduling of hydroquinone in Schedule 4 of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) (the “Poisons Standard”). This h...
Poster
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Summary of a systematic review of adverse events from the human oral usage of uva-ursi, damiana and yarrow.
Conference Paper
Review of existing and future educational standards for naturopathy and herbal medicine in Australia, and how the academic culture of the profession can be progressed.
Article
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Symphytum officinale (comfrey), Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) and Borago officinalis (borage) have long histories of therapeutic use, but their safety has been questioned due to the presence of unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). The evidence base underlying these concerns relies in part on case reports. This systematic review assesses these...
Poster
With our predominant focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that noncommunicable diseases are not neglected in these changing times. Menopause is often associated with challenging symptoms which impact quality of life and individual resiliency. Applicable randomised controlled trials examining the efficacy of Actaea racemosa (Black cohosh)...
Article
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Background Clinical guidelines recommend nonpharmacological interventions as the first choice of treatment for agitation in dementia. One intervention that shows some promise as a treatment for agitation is essential oils. Objective To provide preliminary evidence of the effectiveness and feasibility of using topically-administered, individualised...
Article
Aim: To quantify and assess adverse events reported in the literature from the oral ingestion by humans of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Turnera diffusa and Achillea millefolium. Method: A systematic literature search for human case reports and clinical trials reporting adverse events from the oral ingestion of A. uva-ursi, T. diffusa and A. millefolium...
Presentation
A review of the restriction of arbutin-containing herbal medicines in Australia, presentation of the outcome a systematic review of reports of human adverse events, and current actions to correct the regulation.
Conference Paper
Research presentation of phytochemical profile comparison between different olive leaf extract products.
Conference Paper
Summary of results of a systematic review of published human adverse events for the oral use of Symphytum officinale, Tussilago farfara and Borago officinalis.
Poster
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Results of phytochemical profiling of various olive leaf extract products.
Poster
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Results of a phytochemical analysis of various olive leaf extracts available to Australian pharmacists.
Conference Paper
A summary of the variability in phytochemical profiles of various olive leaf extracts, focusing on oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, and total biophenol levels.
Conference Paper
Summarising the variability in the phytochemical profile of various olive leaf extracts on the Australian market.
Conference Paper
A case report of a patient with multiple cardiovascular conditions, successfully managed with a combination of herbal and pharmaceutical care.
Article
An acknowledged strength of herbal and naturopathic medicine is its patient-centred focus, yet critics often state that these disciplines lack evidence of efficacy. Assessing efficacy of the individualised care practices of herbalists and naturopaths is not always an easy process, for clinicians or for researchers. The incorporation of outcome meas...
Conference Paper
A review of the benefits and obstacles to the integration of patient-reported outcome measures in herbal and naturopathic practice and education.
Conference Paper
A review of the product-specific evidence around Hypericum perforatum (St John's Wort) in the management of depression.
Conference Paper
A review of the chemistry, pharmacology, history and mythology of Theobroma cacao.

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Projects

Projects (4)
Project
A systematic review of human adverse events from the oral use of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Turnera diffusa, and Achillea millefolium.
Project
To determine the level of variation in the phytochemical profile of various Australian and North American olive leaf extracts.
Archived project
To develop evidence-based recommendations on the usage of Symphytum officinale, Tussilago farfara, and Borago officinalis, for the members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, United Kingdom.