Disclaimer: This is only a generalized classification based on the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indications for pharmaceutical usage. Physicians reserve the right to prescribe medications as they see fit within their field of practice.
ACTION: Act upon several (known and some unknown) processes to alleviate pain. Some known processes include the reduction of inflammation and action upon the transmission of pain.
ACTION: Work in a variety of ways to lower blood pressure and relieve stress on the heart. Some medications may act specifically on the rhythm of the heart.
ACTION: Enhance or inhibit the process of clotting or thinning of the blood.
ACTION: Replace, stimulate, or inhibit normal hormonal activity.
ACTION: These medications may work by a variety of ways to increase, decrease, or eliminate selective nerve transmissions.
ACTION: Dilate, constrict, or inhibition of the respiratory cells.
ACTION: Increase or decrease the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and reduce or neutralize acidity of the stomach. Most cholesterol lowering drugs work with the digestive process to decrease the absorption or formation of cholesterol.
ACTION: Reduce inflammation, treat infection, reduce intra-ocular pressure. Some ophthalmic products provide lubrication of the eyes.
Organic substances found in most foods that are essential, in small amounts, for the regulation of the metabolism and normal growth and functioning of the body. Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) are published and revised periodically by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council—National Academy of Sciences.
For thousands of years herbs have been used for their flavoring in the preparation of food and for their medicinal and healing properties. In the United States, there is no comprehensive system in place for the approval of traditional herbal claims.