Natural Remedies for ADHD

By | March 19, 2014

ADHD is a challenging condition, but many natural remedies for ADHD can help. Although prescription medications offer great help in treating and controlling the condition Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), many have unwanted side effects. Proven and effective alternative remedies treat the symptoms of ADHD without the risks of undesired and/or intolerable effects.

The Incidence of ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a common condition that affects primarily children and adolescents, but can also exist in adults. Some statistics estimate up to ten percent of children are affected by ADHD.

Symptoms of ADHD

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The most common ADHD symptoms are the inability to concentrate or focus on a single topic for sustained periods of time. In addition, adults and children with ADHD:

  • Are easily distracted
  • Have trouble staying on task
  • May not be able to follow directions well
  • May seem to get bored easily
  • May be unable to sit still for long periods of time
  • May feel compelled to move around a lot

Children with ADHD also tend to be more impulsive and act without thinking.

Conventional Treatments for ADHD

Traditional treatments for ADHD employ prescription drugs including such and other stimulant medications. Strattera and Intuniv are the only two non-stimulant drugs on the market valuable in treating ADHD. Although both classes of medications are effective, both display troubling side effects such as headaches, social withdrawal and, in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.

Alternative ADHD Treatments

  • Centella Asiatica – eases anxiety and increases brain function. A recent study showed it increased blood flow to the brain.
  • Panax Ginseng – a Chinese herb that improves the immune system, reduces fatigue and stress, and increased motivation.
  • Avena Sativa – improves brain function and relieves stress. Some herbalists use it in the treatment for ADHD as it reduces anxiety related to the condition.

Many natural remedies for ADHD and ADD are proving to be very effective, especial when combined with changes in diet and activities

Precautions

Consult a qualified expert, knowledgeable in ADHD and alternative therapies, before starting an herbal regime for you or a family member. In addition, herbal medications or natural remedies for ADHD should not be used in combination with prescription medications without first consulting a physician.