Can You Treat ADHD Naturally?
Yes, there are many approaches you can take to treating and reducing the effects of ADHD that do not automatically begin with a medicated approach.
Before we get into some of those approaches, let’s take a step back and define what ADHD is and what we know about it.
Definition of ADHD
Here’s a simple definition of ADHD:
ADHD is a developmental neurological disorder effecting a persons ability to focus, retain information, and sit still.
Treatments and approaches that are successful in helping people with ADHD should improve their ability to concentrate and improve their ability to focus and rest. Both medication and non medication solutions often work with the central nervous system in order to accomplish this goal.
How Do You Get ADHD?
ADHD has a genetic basis but not all cases are genetically related or only genetically related. Other predisposing factors include:
- premature birth
- smoking during pregnancy
- drinking during pregnancy
- exposure to lead
- brain trauma
Treating ADHD Naturally: What Other Parents Are Doing
Below are some non medicated treatments and approaches that other parents have found success with in minimizing the symptoms of ADHD. If you are interested in treating ADHD naturally, it’s very important you find a doctor who will work with you in devising an appropriate plan of action.
Testing for Allergens
Many children diagnosed with ADHD are also suffering from an allergic reaction to things in their environment. Some parents have found that when these things were identified and removed from their environment, the symptoms associated with ADHD decreased dramatically.
Vitamins for ADHD
As a nuerological disorder, it’s important to remember that nutrition plays a huge role in brain function. Many doctors recommend your child take a combination of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and a B complex vitamin, all of which should support proper brain health.
Note that a B complex vitamin includes the following: B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B12, Folic acid, Biotin.
Fish oil pills are also a recommended supplement for improving concentration. Click here for a recommended fish oil supplement from Kirkland.
Note: It’s important to mention that that Vitamin C taken together with Dexedrine (prescribed for ADHD) will interfere with the body’s ability to absorb Dexedrine.
Herbs for ADHD
Many parents have introduced herbal drinks, supplements, and teas into their childs diet that are associated with calmness and relaxation. This includes such herbs, Homeopathic remedies and extracts as:
- Lemon Balm
- Passion Flower
- Arsen Iod
- Verta Alb
Lowering or Removing Refined Sugars and Sweeteners From Your Childs Diet
Modifying your childs diet to exclude sugar, sweeteners, and artificial ingredients as a whole is a very popular natural treatment for ADHD. You will find many parents claiming success if you research this and it’s an often over looked aspect of our medication based health system to exclude the importance of diet.
Common foods that are removed or minimized include:
- soda and pop, including diet ones, chips, candy, fast food, and overly processed foods in general.
Common foods that are maximized include:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
Getting a massage can have a very calming and relaxing effect on some children with ADHD. Some parents have found that giving their son or daughter before bedtime will help their child fall asleep and also minimize sleep disruptions throughout the night. If you’re interested in learning more on how to give a massage, here’s a step by guide, specifically aimed at parents giving their kids a massage.
On a similar note, some parents use “relaxation sessions” to help calm and focus their children. This can be anything from playing a game, counting from 10 to 1 slowly, focusing on your breath, or meditating. Obviously the manner in which you perform a relaxation technique is dependent on the childs age and level of ADHD. For many children, it might be helpful to approach this method as a fun game rather than”something to do.”
Structured and Limited Access to Video Games, TV, Texting
Some believe that EMR exposure (electromagnetic radiation) from electronics can interfere with a particularly sensensitive persons nervous system, harming a persons ability to focus, retain information, and sleep. Additionally, constant exposure to fast paced technology can overstimulate a child prone overstimulation. It is recommended that access to video games, television, texting, cell phone usage, and other gadgets be both structured and limited. For example, this could mean that for one hour a day in the evening playing video games is allowed, but at no other times.
Sources, Studies, and Further Information:
It’s estimated that 2 million children in the United States are living with ADHD. The majority of kids who are given drugs like Adderal and Ritalin do respond well in the sense it improves their ability to focus and concentrate. However, there are concerns about the long term helpfulness of these medications as well as the side effects a person can experience from Ritalin and Adderal. These side effects include things like insomnia, headaches, abdominal pain, weight loss, and depression. Many parents interested in a natural approach to ADHD do so after weighing the pros and cons of these effects versus the effects of ADHD and the possibility that they can minimize these effects through natural means and it would be less disruptive than the side effects of drugs as well as untreated ADHD.
The Moms and Dads out there dealing with problem deserve all the support in the world and I really hope you’re able to take something from this guide and apply it positively towards treating ADHD naturally .