Natural Treatments for ADHD

Natural Remedies for ADHD Children

A brief explanation about natural remedies for ADHD affected children.

natural treatment for adhd What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common problem in children that affects the nervous system of the target and render them to feel uneasy in all their ways of life. It makes the child to lose interest in whatever that happens in front of him or her. If left without care, the problem may persist in one’s adulthood too. Though proper parental guidance is the considered to be the best treatment for the disorder, some people have started preferring natural remedies for it.

Natural Remedies:

Diet based treatment

Considering the natural remedies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, most of the people prefer dietary approaches since they do not bring side effect unlike other medicinal treatments. In addition, the body does not get affected health wise. It has been scientifically proved that the diet taken in by the people has direct relationships with the brain and the nervous system of the humans. Hence, change in the diet can bring about a change in the behavior too. The main case of the above condition is the allergies that certain ADHD affected children have towards certain food. Tests on some of the ADHD children have shown proof that these children are sensitive to certain food may directly or indirectly affect the child mentally. Though this has been proved only on a small percentage of the affected children, a large percentage of the children are highly sensitive to hard chemicals and drugs. This means that there is only a small possibility of such children getting medical treatments for their disorder. This in turn forces them to take up natural treatments and diet based treatments.

Among the diet based treatments for ADHD children the most common diet given to the patients is the Feingold diet. The basic idea is to provide a diet that is devoid of salicylates. Though it is very difficult to make the children to get use to this kind of diet, adapting to the diet can result in very good and positive effects. It contains a rich and natural diet though it lacks a bit in its nutritive value.

Another important point to note in the case of dietary treatment is the avoidance of the use of excess of sugar in the daily diet. Though it has been experimentally proven that a sugar rich diet does not have anything to do with hyperactivity, the carbohydrate content in sugar has the tendency to make the child sedate. Hence, people prefer to opt for a protein rich diet for the ADHD affected children. Usage of essential fatty acids in the daily diet can provide the necessary impulses for a better brain functionality. This can also have direct effects on the functioning of the nervous system.

Herbal treatment

Herbal treatment and other natural treatments like homeopathic treatments are also a good option to choose for ADHD. This, in general, does not have any kind of side effects and can be accurate and reliable in the cure of the disorder though it takes a longer time than usual. Some of the herbs used for the treatment are oral flower essence, pine extract, melatonin, ginkgo biloba etc. These herbs have slow but positive effects on the affected people. Ginseng is also used for certain attention deficit disorders. Though these are very reliable, they must not be taken unless there is proper guidance from an experienced medical practitioner. They should also be taken on proper quantities as prescribed by the doctor. Special care should be taken while the treatment is applied for small children.

These are some of the natural remedies for ADHD affected children.

By Jayashree Pakhare
Published: 3/28/2008

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